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$38.00

Classically diamond-shaped art deco earrings are handcrafted in Kenya from lustrous hammered brass and creamy white cow bone.

Earrings measure 2"L. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Talented Kenyan artisans take advantage of the natural and recycled materials available to them, including cow bone, to craft amazing jewelry. Bone is sanitized and carved into gorgeous shapes.

$38.00

Brand new to Swahili Modern, these sleek contemporary earrings feature bleached and sanitized cow bone encased in a brass frame for a little African flair.

Measures 1.5"L. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Victor, one of our newest artisans with his workshop and foundry in Nairobi, has a group of designers who handcraft beautiful jewelry using readily available materials such as brass, cow bone, cow horn, etc.

$24.00

Handmade in Mali, these twirled brass earrings are a modern interpretation of the fulani earrings of the people, who wore large gold earrings as a display of wealth.

The earrings are handcrafted from hammered brass, making them lighter than gold and more affordable. The twisting of the brass adds dimension and dramatic shine.

[L] 1.75"L x 0.75"W [M] 1.25"L x 0.5"W [S] 1"L x 0.5"W. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Mali Chic is a collaboration of 195 artisans that sells its products through a boutique in Bamako and through international exports. Artisans work from home, in their own workshops or on-site at Mali Chic, and child labor is never used. Mali Chic provides artisans with 50% advances on all orders and pay a fair price for their products.

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Necklaces

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$72.00

Elevate your wardrobe with this showstopper necklace, handcrafted by a Kenyan artisan named Gabrielle. Features a lavish 60 pieces of shimmery brass dangles in graduating lengths, all hung from a brass circle with a hook clasp.

Measurements: Total circle circumference 17.25", diameter 5.5". Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$48.00

Young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) use copper recycled from used water heaters or wire and defy gender norms as they become metalsmiths for jewelry-making. This F.R.E.E. Woman necklace features 2 layers of copper hearts hung from a leather cord with a hook clasp.

Measures [Heart Pendant] 2.25"L x 2"W; [Full Necklace] 14"L. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$82.00

This stylish fringe necklace, featuring copper with a viridian patina and without, is handcrafted by Zambian artisans with F.R.E.E. It's hung from a handcrafted copper chain with a hook clasp. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) are defying gender norms becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making.

Measures 3"W x 16"L (total length)). Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Matching earrings are available.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$88.00

F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry showcases modern Zambian skill in eye-catching wearable art such as this necklace with copper abstract leaf shapes - some with a patina and some without. It's hung on a leather cord with a clasp. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E. (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) are defying gender norms becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making.

Measures 4.5"W x 9"L (total length). Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.


Bracelets

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$9.00

Through the sale of Protect a Child from Malaria bracelets, Relate has raised more than $74,000USD to support Goodbye Malaria. Each bracelet is handcrafted in South Africa, and includes an informative display card to promote awareness about the fight against malaria.

Goodbye Malaria aims to eradicate malaria in Mozambique, while investing in Africa's future, creating employment and protecting, changing and saving lives. The initiative was started by African entrepreneurs who believe our generation can create innovative solutions for problems that ultimately change the way the world sees Africa. Goodbye Malaria facilitates public private partnerships, bringing together the private sector, government and the global fund while supporting and catalyzing on-the ground malaria elimination programs. Learn more at goodbyemalaria.com.

Materials: Plastic beads, pewter, elastic

Available in three sizes. S/Child = 7.5", M/Adult= 8", L/Adult= 8.5".

About the Artisans:

Relate bracelets are handmade and sold to make a difference and change lives. As a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise, the majority of Relate's revenue is donated to credible causes and invested in social initiatives, with a focus on creating opportunities for all involved, at every stage of a project.

$9.00

Through the sale of Leave a Legacy in Africa bracelets, Relate has raised more than $109,000USD to support Ikamva Labantu. Each bracelet is handcrafted in South Africa, and includes an informative display card to promote awareness for this vital South African NGO.

Ikamva Labantu aims to empower low income communities to become self-sustainable. Their programs range from supporting orphaned and vulnerable children, to HIV education, testing and support programs, as well as supporting the empowerment of women through education and communication projects. Relate's relationship with Ikamva Labantu goes far beyond donating funds to its highly deserving and effective causes. Elderly men and women in Ikamva Labantu’s local township senior clubs thread the beads for Relate bracelets. Visit the site ikamva.org.za.

Materials: Plastic beads, pewter, elastic

Available in three sizes. S/Child = 7.5", M/Adult= 8", L/Adult= 8.5".

About the Artisans:

Relate bracelets are handmade and sold to make a difference and change lives. As a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise, the majority of Relate's revenue is donated to credible causes and invested in social initiatives, with a focus on creating opportunities for all involved, at every stage of a project.

$32.00

This eye-catching copper disc bracelet is handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

Measures 1"W x 9"L (from end to end, unclasped). Length can be adjusted at closure with the hook clasp. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.Coordinating necklace and earrings are available.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$48.00

These eye-catching stacked copper cuff bracelets are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

Sizes: [Narrow] 2.5"L x 2.25"W x 0.75"T. One size fits most. [Wide] 2.5"L X 2.25"W X 1.5"T. One size fits most. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.


Limited Edition Jewelry

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$24.00

These beautiful hammered copper rings are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E. (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

When allowed to return to work, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly. Choose from Size 7 or Size 8.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$48.00

These beautiful hammered copper bracelets are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

When allowed to return to work during the pandemic, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

Width can be adjusted. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E. (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$34.00

When allowed to return to work during the coronavirus pandemic, the women of F.R.E.E. crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by our need to stay together, even when apart. These Mended Heart earrings were inspired by the heartbreak and resilience seen during the pandemic.

These copper earrings are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E. (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, with added patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

When allowed to return to work during the pandemic, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

Width can be adjusted. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E. (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$48.00

These beautiful hammered copper bracelets are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

When allowed to return to work, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

Width can be adjusted. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.


The Leakey Collection Earrings

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$28.00

These lightweight on-trend fringe earrings by The Leakey Collection showcase Zulugrass beads in beautiful shades of green, Czech glass beads and brass wire.

Measure 2.5"L x 0.75"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass.

$28.00

These lightweight on-trend fringe earrings by The Leakey Collection showcase Zulugrass beads, Czech glass beads and brass wire.

Measure 2.5"L x 0.75"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. 

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$28.00

The Leakey Collection's on-trend lightweight fringe earrings in shades of red utilize Zulugrass beads, Czech glass beads and brass wire.

Measure 2.5"L x 0.75"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass.

$28.00

The Leakey Collection's lightweight fringe earrings utilize varying shades of neutral Zulugrass beads, Czech glass beads and brass wire to increase your style quotient.

Measure 2.5"L x 0.75"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. 


The Leakey Collection Necklaces

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$48.00

Six beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass to wear all together or in any grouping of 1 or more to make a wide variety of color combinations. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. To wear as a bracelet, just wrap each strand around your wrist 3-4 times.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$48.00

Six beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass to wear all together or in any grouping of 1 or more to make a wide variety of color combinations in natural color tones. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. To wear as a bracelet, just wrap each strand around your wrist 3-4 times.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$48.00

These six strands of 26" Zulugrass, reminiscent of the iconic landmark in East Africa, can be worn all together or in any grouping of 1 or more to make a wide variety of color combinations. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. To wear as a bracelet, just wrap each strand around your wrist 3-4 times.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$48.00

This set of six beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass, reminiscent of the magical twilight sky in East Africa, can be worn all together or in any grouping of 1 or more to make a wide variety of combinations. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. To wear as a bracelet, just wrap each strand around your wrist 3-4 times.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!


The Leakey Collection Bracelets

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$34.00

Two 7" sustainably farmed East African wood bead bracelets on elastic plus one beautiful strand of 26" Zulugrass come packaged inside fun Gift Rounds. Wear them all together as a stacked bracelet to mix and match with other jewelry or wear each piece individually. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it! Each wood bracelet is completely handcrafted from either fallen or sustainably harvested farmed wood.

$28.00

Three beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass come packaged inside fun Gift Rounds. Choose a color combination that reminds you of a specific personality - yours or for a special gift recipient.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

Wear all 3 strands together or 1 or 2 at a time.

$14.00

Using proceeds from the sale of this Compassion Zulugrass bracelet, The Leakey Collection supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Give a gift to someone in your life who has or is going through a difficult time. Each 26" strand is packaged on a special tag--explaining how the proceeds will be allocated--and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even long as a necklace. 

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$48.00

Six beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass to wear all together or in any grouping of 1 or more to make a wide variety of color combinations. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. To wear as a bracelet, just wrap each strand around your wrist 3-4 times. Wear long as a necklace or wrapped around your neck as a choker. Necklace shown may not portray actual color combination.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!


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$28.00

These lightweight on-trend fringe earrings by The Leakey Collection showcase Zulugrass beads in beautiful shades of green, Czech glass beads and brass wire.

Measure 2.5"L x 0.75"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass.

$14.00

Proceeds from 26" Beads for Healthy Gardens Zulugrass strands support the Leakey Collection's “Healthy Garden” project, which educates Maasai women to plant vitamin and mineral rich home gardens. Most rural pregnancy and birth issues, as well as child development problems, can be eradicated by eating a healthy diet. Each strand is packaged on a special tag—explaining how the proceeds will be allocated—and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even long as a necklace.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass in a mix of garden greens, blues, and purplesÑeach bracelet is unique. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$34.00

Designed to expand for any wrist size and fit comfortably against the skin, Zulugrass cuff bracelets pair 20 rows of wired Zulugrass with fallen acacia wood bars and spacers.

Measure 2.5"D x 2"T (width can be expanded). Zulugrass is made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Sustainably sourced fallen acacia wood is handturned into wood bars and spaces to complete the look.

$24.00

This duet pairs one 7" Kenyan-made porcelain bracelet on elastic with one colorful Zulugrass strand. Wear them together as a stacked bracelet or wear each piece individually. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. Maasai artisans hand-dye the grass with colorfast, low-impact dyes. Strung on elastic interspersed with Czech glass beads, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!


Handbags & Totes

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$68.00

A perfect tote to carry from the market to the beach and beyond, this lace shopper is handcrafted in Ghana from stalks of natural elephant grass, with soft leather handles for durability and comfort. 

In addition to being a popular choice for eco-conscious shopping, the lace weave of this tote makes it a stylish accessory. It can be rinsed with cool water and reshaped as needed.

Measures approximately 18"L x 10"W x 15"T (to top of tote), 24"T (to top of handles). Due to the handmade nature of this tote, slight variations are expected.

$68.00

A perfect tote to carry from the farmer's market to the beach and beyond, this lace shopper is handcrafted in Ghana from stalks of natural elephant grass, with soft leather handles for comfort and durability.

In addition to being a popular choice for eco-conscious shopping, the lace weave of this tote makes it a stylish accessory. Can be rinsed and reshaped with cool water as needed.

Measures approximately 9"W at the base, 18"W across the top and 16"T to top of bag (23-24" to top of handles). Due to the handmade nature of this tote, slight variation is expected. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]

$66.00

Woven from durable elephant grass by artisans in Ghana, this beautiful tote features black pinstripes and a natural grass handle. The perfect accessory from home to market to beach and beyond.

Can be rinsed and reshaped with cool water as needed.

Measures 20"L x 8"W x 12"T (18"T to top of handle). Due to the handmade nature of this basket, slight variation is expected. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]

$48.00

Woven from tough, sustainable elephant grass in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, this slim tote is tightly woven, durable, and beautiful. The undyed, natural grass gives the tote a neutral look, highlighting the woven texture. Finished with a leather-wrapped inset handle.

Limited edition. Measures approximately 15" across x 9-10" tall x 4" wide. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size will vary slightly.


Masks, Hats, & Accessories

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$24.00

"If people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love—for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

Stash cosmetics, art supplies, or other small items in this sweet pouch from South Africa! Beautifully screen printed, fully lined, backed with a coordinating pattern fabric, and finished with a contrasting zipper; showcases the Nelson Mandela quotation, "If people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love—for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

Size: 12.5"L x 1.25"W x 5.5"T. Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

At Yda Walt Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, talented owner/designer Yda Walt and a small team of artisans dream up inspirational products centered on South African life and ethos.

$24.00

"It always seems impossible until it's done."

Stash cosmetics, art supplies, or other small items in this sweet pouch from South Africa! Beautifully screen printed, fully lined, backed with a coordinating pattern fabric, and finished with a contrasting zipper; showcases the Nelson Mandela quotation, "It always seems impossible until it's done."

Size: 12.5"L x 1.25"W x 5.5"T. Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

At Yda Walt Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, talented owner/designer Yda Walt and a small team of artisans dream up inspirational products centered on South African life and ethos.

$24.00

"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."

Stash cosmetics, art supplies, or other small items in this sweet pouch from South Africa! Beautifully screen printed, fully lined, backed with a coordinating pattern fabric, and finished with a contrasting zipper; showcases the Nelson Mandela quotation, "May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."

Size: 12.5"L x 1.25"W x 5.5"T. Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

At Yda Walt Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, talented owner/designer Yda Walt and a small team of artisans dream up inspirational products centered on South African life and ethos.

$24.00

"The world is truly round and seems to start and end with those we love."

Stash cosmetics, art supplies, or other small items in this sweet pouch from South Africa! Beautifully screen printed, fully lined, backed with a coordinating pattern fabric, and finished with a contrasting zipper; showcases the Nelson Mandela quotation, "The world is truly round and seems to start and end with those we love."

Size: 12.5"L x 1.25"W x 5.5"T. Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

At Yda Walt Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, talented owner/designer Yda Walt and a small team of artisans dream up inspirational products centered on South African life and ethos.


Women's Apparel

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$28.00

Showcasing the brilliant colors and patterns of African wax cloth, Ghanaian artisans put fun Ankara wax cloth patterns to work as comfy slippers with a foam footbed, anti-slip bottom and contrasting trim. Limited quantities available and designs will vary slightly.

Sizes:

[Small] 10"L x 4.5"W = Women's Shoe Size 5-7.

[Medium] 11"L x 4.5"W = Women's Shoe Size 7.5-9.5; Men's Size 6.

[Large] 11.5"L x 5"W = Women's Shoe Size 10-12; Men's Sizes 9-10.5.

[Extra Large] 12"L x 5"W = Men's Sizes 11-12.5.

About the Artisans:

African wax prints, also known as Ankara prints, are common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. A woman named Georgina works with a group of artisans who batik-dye cloth and sew colorful accessories.

$28.00

Showcasing the brilliant colors and patterns of African wax cloth, Ghanaian artisans put fun ankara wax cloth patterns to work as comfy slippers with a foam footbed, anti-slip bottom and contrasting trim. Limited quantities available and designs will vary slightly.

Sizes:

[Small] 10"L x 4.5"W = Women's Shoe Size 5-7.Only available with brown trim.

[Medium] 11"L x 4.5"W = Women's Shoe Size 7.5-9.5; Men's Size 6. Only available with brown trim.

[Large] 11.5"L x 5"W = Women's Shoe Size 10-12; Men's Sizes 9-10.5. Only available with blue trim.

[Extra Large] 12"L x 5"W = Men's Sizes 11-12.5. Only available with brown trim.

About the Artisans:

African wax prints, also known as Ankara prints, are common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. A woman named Georgina works with a group of artisans who batik-dye cloth and sew colorful accessories.

$48.00

Locally-grown organic Ethiopian cotton is woven by the artisans of Sammy Ethiopia to create a versatile scarf in denim blue, with a contrasting subtly-striped natural border and light fringe. Luxe scarves are lightweight enough to be worn year-round.

Measures 66"L x 16"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Care instructions: Hand wash with mild soap. Hang dry.

About the Artisans:

The Sammy Ethiopia brand links the artisan skills of one of Africa's most ancient civilizations with American and European fashion know-how. The result is unique contemporary style that has already gathered fans from New York to Tokyo. A wealth of craft skills known in Ethiopia for thousands of years are applied to a style-forward range of fashion and home accessories to suit current global tastes. Collaborating with community organizations and cooperatives, Sammy Ethiopia creates employment for marginalized people in and around Addis Ababa.

$48.00

This versatile scarf, lightweight enough to be worn year-round, is handwoven with locally-grown organic Ethiopian cotton by the artisans of Sammy Ethiopia. It features a contrasting border in a subtle stripe of natural and gray, plus a light fringe.

Measures 66"L x 16"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Care instructions: Hand wash with mild soap. Hang dry.

About the Artisans:

The Sammy Ethiopia brand links the artisan skills of one of Africa's most ancient civilizations with American and European fashion know-how. The result is unique contemporary style that has already gathered fans from New York to Tokyo. A wealth of craft skills known in Ethiopia for thousands of years are applied to a style-forward range of fashion and home accessories to suit current global tastes. Collaborating with community organizations and cooperatives, Sammy Ethiopia creates employment for marginalized people in and around Addis Ababa.


Skin Care

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$38.00

Marula Oil is a fast-absorbing facial oil that has been treasured for centuries by African women for its restorative benefits. It provides long-lasting hydration and soothes redness and irritation, leaving skin glowing with a matte finish.

With its extremely high concentration of Omega 6, 9 and other antioxidants, it fights free-radicals that cause premature skin aging. The oil-rich kernels from East African are wild-harvested, hand-selected, manually cold pressed, then combined with a 1% essential oil fragrance blend, to ensure the highest quality product.

The 30 ml bottle size, with a special oil dispenser, also meets travel requirements. Included in the box is an insert outlining uses and benefits.

About the Artisans:

In 2001, a terrible drought persisted for several years and brought devastation to the pasture lands. The livelihood of the Maasai disappeared as their cattle died. The men had to drive the few remaining cattle hundreds of miles away in search for better grazing while the women looked desperately for ways to feed, clothe, and educate their children and obtain medical supplies. Philip and Katy Leakey, founders of The Leakey Collection who live among the Maasai in East Africa, wanted to provide their neighbors with work opportunities. They came up with an imaginative idea to utilize the excellent beading abilities of the Maasai women by using a readily available, sustainable resource- GRASS- as the primary element.

Soon the Leakeys discovered that for centuries, African women had revered the restorative benefits of Marula oil and decided to offer it to the world also. After the Marula fruit is collected under the wild stands of trees, the nuts are removed from the fruit by hand. The nuts are slowly sun-dried, naturally concentrating the oil prior to extraction. The hard outer shells are individually split by hand; each kernel is removed and inspected for freshness, discarding any of poor quality. The oil-rich ivory colored kernels are pressed through The Leakey Collection's unique, proprietary cold-pressing system, ensuring the highest quality product. Now, even the men have joined in the entrepreneurial opportunities.

$18.50

Mayan Gold is a fragrance oil blend containing patchouli, sandalwood, clary sage, mandarin orange and grapefruit with hints of vanilla, chocolate and musk, scenting pure Lulu Life virgin shea butter. This organic, Grade A shea butter is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa.

Most shea butter comes from West African shea trees and is sold as a hard solid. East African shea butter is silky and harder to procure, and considered a precious luxury good. Lulu Shea Butter is made from nuts that are collected, cracked, sorted, dried, ground by hand and cold-pressed (avoiding even the slightest trace of chemical contamination).

Intensely moisturizing, this shea butter is easily absorbed and is known to transform your skin over time. The butter is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and it can be used on the face or as an all-over body butter.

Container holds 100ml (3.3oz) and measures 2"T x 2.25"D.

About the Artisans:

Founded in 2000, Lulu Works is a non-profit trust established to provide a source of sustainable income for the women of South Sudan. Comprised of women-owned processing centers, Lulu Works ensures that the profit from the production and sale of Lulu Life products returns to these women. It also provides an incentive to protect the natural shea butter resource.

Lulu Life Shea ButterVitellaria nilotica tree grows across South Sudan in thick forests and takes 20 years to bear its first fruit. These forests are untouched by chemicals or fertilizers.

Vitellaria nilotica tree

Fragrance is provided by natural, essential oils. Mayan Gold is a fragrance oil blend containing patchouli, sandalwood, clary sage, mandarin orange and grapefruit with hints of vanilla, chocolate and musk. See all of the scents available in our Skin Care Collection.

$18.50

Lulu Life is an organic, Grade A virgin shea butter that is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa. Lavender Lulu Life is scented with pure lavender essential oil

Most shea butter comes from West African shea trees and is sold as a hard solid. East African shea butter is silky and harder to procure, and considered a precious luxury good. Lulu Shea Butter is made from nuts that are collected, cracked, sorted, dried, ground by hand and cold-pressed (avoiding even the slightest trace of chemical contamination).

Intensely moisturizing, this shea butter is easily absorbed and is known to transform your skin over time. The butter is rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants, and can be used on the face or as an all-over body butter.

Container holds 100ml (3.3oz) and measures 2"T x 2.25"D.

About the Artisans:

Founded in 2000, Lulu Works is a non-profit trust established to provide a source of sustainable income for the women of South Sudan. Comprised of women-owned processing centers, Lulu Works ensures that the profit from the production and sale of Lulu Life products returns to these women. It also provides an incentive to protect the natural shea butter resource.

Lulu Life Shea ButterVitellaria nilotica tree grows across South Sudan in thick forests and takes 20 years to bear its first fruit. These forests are untouched by chemicals or fertilizers.

Vitellaria nilotica tree

Lavender fragrance is provided by natural, essential oils. See all of the scents available in our Skin Care Collection.

$18.50

Lulu Life is an organic, Grade A virgin shea butter that is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa.

Most shea butter comes from West African shea trees and is sold as a hard solid. East African shea butter is silky and harder to procure, and considered a precious luxury good. Lulu Shea Butter is made from nuts that are collected, cracked, sorted, dried, ground by hand and cold-pressed (avoiding even the slightest trace of chemical contamination).

Intensely moisturizing, this shea butter is easily absorbed and is known to transform your skin over time. The butter is rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants, and can be used on the face or as an all-over body butter.

Container holds 100ml (3.3oz) and measures 2"T x 2.25"D.

About the Artisans:

Founded in 2000, Lulu Works is a non-profit trust established to provide a source of sustainable income for the women of South Sudan. Comprised of women-owned processing centers, Lulu Works ensures that the profit from the production and sale of Lulu Life products returns to these women. It also provides an incentive to protect the natural shea butter resource.

Lulu Life Shea ButterVitellaria nilotica tree grows across South Sudan in thick forests and takes 20 years to bear its first fruit. These forests are untouched by chemicals or fertilizers.

Vitellaria nilotica tree

This shea butter is pure and unscented. See all of the scents available in our Skin Care Collection.


Ghanaian Hand Fans

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$24.00

Ghanaian artisans create an indispensable addition to the purse in this beautiful folding hand fan. Styled from colorful wax cloth and coordinating leather, this richly hued Ghanaian fan can be folded and tucked away when not in use. When fully expanded, the fan not only creates a breeze, it also captures the eye with the bold prints of wax cloth.

Measures 10"L x 1"W x 14"T when expanded. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, it may vary.

About the Artisans:

These vibrant fans are handcrafted by Ghanaian artisans in Accra and Bolgatanga using ankara cloth, wooden sticks, glue and leather. Iconic in Ghana, this style of fan is easy to spot in shops in a variety of vivid patterns and colors.

$28.00

Ghanaian artisans create an indispensable addition to the purse in this beautiful folding hand fan. Styled from colorful cloth and leather, this richly hued Ghanaian fan can be folded and tucked away when not in use. When fully expanded, the fan not only creates a breeze, it also captures the eye with its beautiful print.

Measures 10"L x 1"W x 14"T when expanded. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, it may vary.

About the Artisan:

These vibrant fans are handcrafted by Ghanaian artisan Fulera, who first resist dyes cotton fabric, then coordinates dyed leather to wrap around a sturdy wooden handle.

Fulera, Ghanaian artisan.
$28.00

Ghanaian artisans create an indispensable addition to the purse in this beautiful folding hand fan. Styled from colorful cloth and leather, this richly hued Ghanaian fan can be folded and tucked away when not in use. When fully expanded, the fan not only creates a breeze, it also captures the eye with its beautiful print.

Measures 10"L x 1"W x 14"T when expanded. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, it may vary.

About the Artisan:

These vibrant fans are handcrafted by Ghanaian artisan Fulera, who first resist dyes cotton fabric, then coordinates dyed leather to wrap around a sturdy wooden handle.

Fulera, Ghanaian artisan.
$28.00

Ghanaian artisans create an indispensable addition to the purse in this beautiful folding hand fan. Styled from colorful cloth and leather, this richly hued Ghanaian fan can be folded and tucked away when not in use. When fully expanded, the fan not only creates a breeze, it also captures the eye with its beautiful print.

Measures 10"L x 1"W x 14"T when expanded. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, it may vary.

About the Artisan:

These vibrant fans are handcrafted by Ghanaian artisan Fulera, who first resist dyes cotton fabric, then coordinates dyed leather to wrap around a sturdy wooden handle.

Fulera, Ghanaian artisan.

Gifts for Men

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$28.00

Showcasing the brilliant colors and patterns of African wax cloth, Ghanaian artisans put fun ankara wax cloth patterns to work as comfy slippers with a foam footbed, anti-slip bottom and contrasting trim. Limited quantities available and designs will vary slightly.

Sizes:

[Small] 10"L x 4.5"W = Women's Shoe Size 5-7.Only available with brown trim.

[Medium] 11"L x 4.5"W = Women's Shoe Size 7.5-9.5; Men's Size 6. Only available with brown trim.

[Large] 11.5"L x 5"W = Women's Shoe Size 10-12; Men's Sizes 9-10.5. Only available with blue trim.

[Extra Large] 12"L x 5"W = Men's Sizes 11-12.5. Only available with brown trim.

About the Artisans:

African wax prints, also known as Ankara prints, are common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. A woman named Georgina works with a group of artisans who batik-dye cloth and sew colorful accessories.

$25.00

These fun, one-of-a-kind neckties are stitched from assorted brightly patterned cotton cloth by artisans in Tanzania. A bold addition to dress attire for the confident man who dares to stand out in a crowd.

Sold individually. Designs will vary from those pictured but will be a fun addition to a man's wardrobe.

Measures 60"L x 3.5"W. Size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Marvelous Batik is a workshop in Dar es Salaam that betters the lives of at-risk young women by teaching them new skills, helping them to be self-sustaining, and providing basic necessities. Run by a compassionate woman named Flotea Masawe, the cooperative is nationally recognized for their production of batik and embroidered cotton textiles. Pillows, table runners, duvet covers, bags, and curtain panels are just a few of the items currently exported by this talented group of women.

$22.00
  • These lively, one-of-a-kind bowties are stitched from assorted brightly patterned cotton cloth by artisans in Tanzania. A adventurous addition for the confident man who dares to be different.

    SOLD AS ONE TIE. Designs will vary from those pictured. 

    Size: 2.25" Wide, Max Length: 38", Minimum Length: 30". Size may vary slightly. 

  • Marvelous Batik is a workshop in Dar es Salaam that betters the lives of at-risk young women by teaching them new skills, helping them to be self-sustaining, and providing basic necessities. Run by a compassionate woman named Flotea Masawe, the cooperative is nationally recognized for their production of batik and embroidered cotton textiles. Pillows, table runners, duvet covers, bags, and curtain panels are just a few of the items currently exported by this talented group of women.

$28.00

Once worn only by kings on special occasions, modern Kente cloth is a widely recognized symbol of Ghanaian culture now adapted into these lively neckties. Since these ties are handcrafted with several assorted patterns, your order could be any of the fun surprise patterns that will definitely add a touch of West African culture to any look.

Sold individually. Measures 54"L x 1.75"W. Size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Sumptuously colored Ghanaian kente cloth, made by Asante and Ewe weavers, is characterized by sharply defined shapes created by the technique of loom weaving using specially designed looms.

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