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$28.00

"Children are the reward of life."

Stash cosmetics, art supplies, or other small items in this sweet pouch from South Africa! The gusseted bottom adds extra space to this small-but-mighty pouch. Beautifully screen printed, fully lined, backed with a coordinating pattern fabric, and finished with a contrasting zipper and ribbon pull; showcases the African proverb, "Children are the reward of life."

Size: 9.5"L x 6.5"T x 2"D. 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.

$18.00

"When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow."

Beautifully screen printed, fully lined and finished with a contrasting zipper, this charming flat pouch showcases the African proverb, "When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow." Accent stitching and a button detail complete the pouch.

Size: 8"L 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.

$148.00

These African balaphons are traditionally crafted in Senegal using wooden note planks, cotton cord, and calabash gourd resonators.

Each balaphon is a consider to be a tuned African musical instrument that is as inviting to the eye as to the hand. Mallets are included.

16 note measures 29-30"L x 14"W x 6-7"T.

Talented artisans in Senegal handcraft quality musical instruments that figure strongly in West African music. Their djembes, balaphons and koras are used locally and collected by African music enthusiasts around the world.

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$125.00

Congo raffia, a traditional textile of the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is woven from the natural fiber of the raffia palm. The fabric has a rustic texture that is highlighted by the hand-appliqued, traditional designs. The seamstresses at Marvelous Batik in Tanzania create beautiful decorative pillows from this uniquely African textile. Each pillow is crafted to feature the bold, hand-appliqued geometric designs of the Congo raffia.

The pillows include a high-quality pillow insert, side zipper, and brown backing and piping. While pillows will be similar to the photograph shown, no two pillows are the the same.

Measures 24" x 24". Limited edition, only a few available.

About the Artisans:

Marvelous Batik is a workshop in Tanzania 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.

$125.00

Congo raffia, a traditional textile of the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is woven from the natural fiber of the raffia palm. The fabric has a rustic texture that is highlighted by the hand-appliqued, traditional designs. The seamstresses at Marvelous Batik in Tanzania create beautiful decorative pillows from this uniquely African textile. Each pillow is crafted to feature the bold, hand-appliqued geometric designs of the Congo raffia.

The pillows include a high-quality pillow insert, side zipper, orange stitching, and black side panel, backing and piping. While pillows will be similar to the photograph shown, no two pillows are the the same.

Measures 24" x 24". Limited edition, only a few available.

About the Artisans:

Marvelous Batik is a workshop in Tanzania 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.

$125.00

Congo raffia, a traditional textile of the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is woven from the natural fiber of the raffia palm. The fabric has a rustic texture that is highlighted by the hand-appliqued, traditional designs. The seamstresses at Marvelous Batik in Tanzania create beautiful decorative pillows from this uniquely African textile. Each pillow is crafted to feature the bold, hand-appliqued geometric designs of the Congo raffia.

The pillows include a high-quality pillow insert, side zipper, and black side panels, backing and piping. While pillows will be similar to the photograph shown, no two pillows are the the same.

Measures 24" x 24". Limited edition, only a few available.

About the Artisans:

Marvelous Batik is a workshop in Tanzania 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.

$125.00

Congo raffia, a traditional textile of the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is woven from the natural fiber of the raffia palm. The fabric has a rustic texture that is highlighted by the hand-appliqued, traditional designs. The seamstresses at Marvelous Batik in Tanzania create beautiful decorative pillows from this uniquely African textile. Each pillow is crafted to feature the bold, hand-appliqued geometric designs of the Congo raffia.

This pillow is one-of-a-kind and features a geometric pattern in rust, cream, black & brown. Pillow includes a high-quality pillow insert, side zipper, and black side panels, piping and backing.

Measures 24" x 24". Only one available.

About the Artisans:

Marvelous Batik is a workshop in Tanzania 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.

$125.00

Congo raffia, a traditional textile of the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is woven from the natural fiber of the raffia palm. The fabric has a rustic texture that is highlighted by the hand-appliqued, traditional designs. The seamstresses at Marvelous Batik in Tanzania create beautiful decorative pillows from this uniquely African textile. Each pillow is crafted to feature the bold, hand-appliqued geometric designs of the Congo raffia.

This pillow is one-of-a-kind. Pillow includes a high-quality pillow insert, side zipper, and tan backing.

Measures 24" x 24". Only one available.

About the Artisans:

Marvelous Batik is a workshop in Tanzania 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.

$2,500.00

Standing at 4' tall, these Ghanaian talking drums are hand-carved from a single piece of mahogany, with goat leather stretched across the top.

The talking drum is one of the oldest African instruments and was used to send messages to neighboring villages. Different sized drums could mimic the tone, rhythm, intonation, and stress of human speech. Today, talking drums are highly valued among musicians, including King Crimson, Tom Waits, Sikiru Adepoju, and Erykah Badu.

Each 48" x 16" drum includes a traditional drum stick and is shipped on a pallet. Extra shipping is required. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Ghana is among Africa’s leading nations for the sustainable growth and harvesting of hardwoods for the furniture, musical instruments, and handicraft. With large, carefully managed wood plantations dedicated to producing for these high-volume industries, Ghana’s natural forests are now at a lowered risk of deforestation.

$68.00

In soothing blue and green shades, this handmade table runner, created by weaving dried twigs through through hand-dyed mudcloth fabric, will enliven your dining table.

Two lengths of twigs are used to create visual contrast. The fabric is a thick canvas that has been dyed using a mudcloth technique in Mali. Measures 16"W x 70"L; size may 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.

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$38.00

These rustic, handcrafted wall hooks greet you with symbolism and beauty. They are made from sturdy metal and hand-carved, textured wood. Each hook offers three pegs for hanging hats, scarves, jewelry, or towels.

Measures 8.5"L x 2.5"W x 8"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Back includes hanging hardware.

GYE NYAME (except for God) a symbol of the omnipotence and supremacy of God.

SANKOFA (go back and get it) a symbol of finding wisdom from the lessons of the past.

DWENNIMMEN (ram's horns) a symbol reminding us that even the strong must be humble.

About the Artisans:

Founded by Andy Koney nearly 20 years ago in his bedroom, today the Ghanian artistic collective known as Yenok employs 40 men and women who are dedicated to creating beautiful furniture and woodworking art, often with a spiritual flair. Yenok's products are recognized for their high quality and custom craftsmanship.

$28.00

These handcrafted holders are made from sturdy metal and hand-carved, textured wood. Featuring a meaningful Adinkra symbol, the holders bring meaning and rustic style to the bathroom.

Measures 8.5"L x 2.5"W x 8"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

GYE NYAME (except for God) a symbol of the omnipotence and supremacy of God.

SANKOFA (go back and get it) a symbol of finding wisdom from the lessons of the past.

DWENNIMMEN (ram's horns) a symbol reminding us that even the strong must be humble.

About the Artisans:

Founded by Andy Koney nearly 20 years ago in his bedroom, today the Ghanian artistic collective known as Yenok employs 40 men and women who are dedicated to creating beautiful furniture and woodworking art, often with a spiritual flair. Yenok's products are recognized for their high quality and custom craftsmanship.

$34.00

This large playful fish is handcrafted from recycled flip flops in Kenya.

These statement sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Measures 10" long x 3.5" wide x 5.5" tall.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$14.00
Made51: Crafted by Refugees
From the UN Refugee Agency

Crafted by Afghan refugees living in Malaysia, these hand-stitched hound ornaments represent the beloved, silky dogs native to Afghanistan.

Each ornament is individually packaged and ready for gift-giving in a MADE51 box, complete with an artisan story card.

Size: approximately 2.75" x 3.15" x 1"

Materials: Felt/Recycled Carpet, Thread, and Beads.

Note: These products are handmade and there will be slight variations in shape, size, and color.

About the Artisans:

"Refugees have skills and talents that only need a chance to grow and flourish. Within each piece lies a story of history and culture, and the chance for a person who has fled war and persecution to offer something of beauty and style to the world." - Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

MADE51 is a global initiative brought to life by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Each ornament in the MADE51 Holiday Collection tells a story about the cultural heritage of its maker. These beautiful crafts are windows into the diversity and talent of refugee artisans around the world. They fill homes with meaning, as symbols of solidarity, empowerment and hope.

Image showing artisans crafting Afghan Hound ornaments.

Photo (c) UNHCR.

$44.00

Celebrate this holiday season with a non-traditional tree! This 18" tall tree is made entirely of banana fiber and dried banana leaves. With it's many adjustable branches, it's a great place to hang ornaments and can also be used throughout the year as a jewelry holder.

The tree is freestanding. Size: 18" T x 9" stem x 6" thick.

About the Artisans:

In Nairobi's Banana Hill suburb, artisans utilize the fiber of banana palm trees, which grow prolifically in East Africa, to create whimsical gifts for local sale and export. Geoffrey and George head up a group of talented creatives with a penchant for portraying nuances of African life through this sustainable, all-natural medium.

$26.00

This little cutie is crafted in Zimbabwe, using polished springstone combined with recycled metal. The polished stone displays unique inclusions, making each piece one-of-a-kind.

Size: 6"L x 1.5"W x 3"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of each item, some variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu and his team work with springstone, which is a prized dark stone that polishes to a high shine because of its density. Most springstone is sustainably sourced and is mined on communal lands for the purpose of sculpting.

Zimbabwe Sculpture Springstone
$24.00

This assortment of delicious honeys is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Featuring Hot Honey, Julbernardia Blossom Honey, and Cinnamon & Honey in easy to transport jars. This honey is harvested utilizing traditional beekeeping methods that preserve forest habitats. 

Pesticide free, organic, sustainable. Sold as a set of three. Each measures 50 g/ 1.76 oz.

Producer Profile:

The African Bronze Honey Project is a for-profit, social enterprise B Corp, partnered with Forest Fruits of Zambia, committed to sustainable practice and preserving traditional heritage while creating economic opportunity for independent beekeepers and their families. Today, there are over 6,000 beekeepers trained and over 800 tonnes of organic, raw, wild honey exported every year.

$65.00

This hand-dyed indigo pillow is made in Mali using natural fabric and dye.

A resist dyed pattern provides bold contrast to the deep blue background. The pillow includes a fold-over back for easy removal of pillow inserts.

Measures 18" x 18" and sold with included pillow insert. For best care, hand-wash in cool water and air dry. Designs may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Mali Chic is a collaboration of 195 African 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.

$18.00

Loved by young children and adults alike, African Playground is a compilation of colorful, African music from all across the continent. The CD is produced by the Putumayo World Music and is praised for including non-Westernized music.

Many people purchase this CD for a small bongo or maraca for their children to encourage playing along. The CD also provides education though detailed liner notes about each song.

Album Tracks:

  1. Battu
  2. Jambo Bwana
  3. Mbube
  4. Hello Hello
  5. Sing Lo-Lo
  6. Kalimba
  7. Hendry
  8. Munomuno
  9. Hoya Hoye
  10. Sangoma
  11. Laba Laba
  12. Barco di Papel
$28.00

Bring traditional African design into your kitchen with these unique salad servers featuring a cow bone handle.

The servers are hand-carved from sustainably sourced olivewood and hand-sanded to a smooth finish. Kenyan artisans sanitize and polish salvaged cow bone, then stain it with using a batik process.

Measures 11.5"L. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. Hand wash for best care. Fair trade.

About the Artisans:

We work with representatives of Kamba artists in Kenya to obtain these hand-carved works of beauty derived from the olive wood tree. The artisans benefit greatly from the sale of their works, with marked improvements being seen for the individual, their families, the community.

$18.00

Delicious and pure, this honey is unlike any honey available in North America. Gathered using sustainable methods from the national park forests of Tanzania, this floral, full-flavored honey features the flavors and scents of the miombo forest. 

Pesticide free, organic, sustainable. Measures 500g/ 17.64 oz.

Producer Profile:

The African Bronze Honey Project is a for-profit, social enterprise B Corp, partnered with Forest Fruits of Zambia, committed to sustainable practice and preserving traditional heritage while creating economic opportunity for independent beekeepers and their families. Today, there are over 6,000 beekeepers trained and over 800 tonnes of organic, raw, wild honey exported every year.

$36.00 $54.00

This long, ornate necklace is made in Kenya using polished cow bone, peach-hued recycled glass beads, and brass charms.

The unique combination of color and materials is stylish and makes the necklace a versatile piece for any woman's wardrobe.

Necklace has an 18" drop.

About the Artisans:

Peter is a Kenyan artist with amazing attention to detail and natural craftsmanship. He specializes in cow bone jewelry and art, with special care being give to use reclaimed, environmentally friendly, or recycled materials.

$18.00

Delicious and pure, this honey is unlike any honey available in North America. Gathered using sustainable methods from the national park forests of Tanzania, this tropical, full-flavored honey features the flavors and scents of the miombo forest. 

Pesticide free, organic, sustainable. Measures 500g/ 17.64 oz.

Producer Profile:

The African Bronze Honey Project is a for-profit, social enterprise B Corp, partnered with Forest Fruits of Zambia, committed to sustainable practice and preserving traditional heritage while creating economic opportunity for independent beekeepers and their families. Today, there are over 6,000 beekeepers trained and over 800 tonnes of organic, raw, wild honey exported every year.

$38.00

These all-natural salad servers are carved from olive wood, a sustainable tree in East Africa known for its rich grain. The server handles are made from cow bone that has been sanitized, polished, and dyed with a polka dot pattern.

Each server measures 12"L x 3.5"W x 0.6"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

We work with representatives of Kamba artists in Kenya to obtain these hand-carved works of beauty derived from the olive wood tree. The artisans benefit greatly from the sale of their works, with marked improvements being seen for the individual, their families, the community.

$9.50

Ajiri tea is produced at the Nyansiongo Tea Factory, a Rain Forest Alliance Certified cooperative owned by local small-scale farmers in Kenya. Sold in 20-bag packages, these fair trade teas are high in antioxidants and remarkably fresh, bold, and flavorful.

Each box of tea features unique artwork that is handmade using dried banana leaves and natural paper. The bag is tied with twine made of dried banana leaves and decorated with recycled magazine beads.

All profits from sales of Ajiri Tea are donated to the Ajiri Foundation, which pays school fees for orphans in western Kenya. Net weight is 1 oz. Artwork is one-of-a-kind and will vary.

"Ajiri" means to employ in Swahili, the national language of Kenya. Through the sale of Ajiri tea, the Ajiri Foundation creates employment for women and to educate orphans in western Kenya. The aim is to form a sustainable cycle of community employment and education while also supporting local farmers and practicing sustainable farming techniques.

$22.00

A Zimbabwean artist named Luke uses textured and polished springstone combined with recycled metal to create these beautiful natural stone bird sculptures. The polished stone displays unique inclusions, making each piece one-of-a-kind.

Size: 7"L x 1.5"W x 3"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

About the Artisan:

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu works with springstone, which is a prized dark stone that polishes to a high shine because of its density. Most springstone is sustainably sourced and is mined on communal lands for the purpose of sculpting.

Zimbabwe Sculpture Springstone
$28.00

Artisans in Kenya and Uganda hand weave natural strips of raffia and banana palm leaves to create these gorgeous decorative baskets. Whether displayed on the wall or put to use on the tabletop, each handmade basket serves beautifully.

Sizes: 12"D x 3.5"T. Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, colors and patterns may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Using fiber from banana palm trees that thrive in East Africa's tropical climate, talented artisans create unique home decor. Sustainable and durable, unique banana fiber items are created to stand the test of time.

$185.00

This large, solidly constructed basket is woven from natural grasses and thin strips of plastic that is used to make prayer mats in Senegal. The basket includes braided handles and a fitted lid.

Wipe with damp cloth to clean. Fair trade. Measures approximately 19"D x 26"-28"T; size may vary slightly.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, some variation is expected. Read our Statement on Handmade Variation to learn more. Fair trade.

$24.00

These happy soft stuffed monkeys are handmade from natural, organic cotton and are safe for children of any age. The animals are knit in Kenya by a women's cooperative called Kenana Knitters and feature easy-to-grab limbs, sewn facial features, and a scarf.

Small: 11" T x 4" L x 2.5" W; Large: 15" T x 5" L x 2.75" W. Some variation may occur due to the handmade nature of this item.

About the Artisans:

"Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch," Kenana Knitters is a knitting cooperative in Njoro, Kenya that employs a community of women in a rural farming area. In addition to supplementing the womens' income, sales also fund community action for education and health services. All products are local and crafted from natural, organic materials.

$145.00

The ultimate ethical baby gift and a stylish addition to any nursery, this beautiful baby bassinet featuring lovely black wing-like accents is handwoven from stalks of elephant grass. It can easily be toted wherever a busy mom needs to go. These Moses baskets are handcrafted by Ghanaian basket weavers and have leather-wrapped carry handles. It also makes a great storage basket once the baby has outgrown it.

Size: 28"L x 18"W x 12"T (to top of basket), 18"T (to top of handles), though it may vary slightly due to the handcrafted nature of this basket. Handles are reinforced with leather.

CAUTION: This product is suitable only for babies who cannot sit up unaided, roll over, or push up on their hands and knees and designed for stationary naptime use. Although very sturdy, this is not a carrying device, and babies must be carried separately from the basket when being moved. It should not be placed on slippery surfaces.

Mattress not included.

$45.00

Handcrafted by the artisans of Tribal Textiles in Zambia's lush Luangwa Valley, this bold table runner features a mix of hand-painted animals prints. Handcrafted with 100% African-sourced cotton, the table runner is finished with 4 seamed edges. Reverse side is unpainted and unfinished.

Details and color placement will vary from image shown due to the hand-painted nature of this item. Each item has the same overall motif and color palette, but the final product is the work of the artisan's choices.

Measures 68"L x 18"W. Wash by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent; hang to dry, iron on cotton setting.

About the Artisans:

Tribal Textiles provides sustainable employment, fair pay, training, and a pleasant working environment for more than 100 Zambian men and women.

All the work is done by hand on 100% African-sourced cotton, including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colors, yielding exquisite, high quality textiles. Individual designs are hand-painted, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings at the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. After baking in an industrial oven, the stunning textiles are color-fast and fully washable. The fabric is washed and dried in the Zambian sunshine, ready to be sewn into stunning pillow covers, table runners, bags, and more.

$18.00

Vibrant patterned ankara cotton cloth elevates small lined journals and large blank sketchbooks. Each book includes an elasticized band for keeping the pages closed, and the journal includes a ribbon for keeping place.

Journal measures 8"L x 5.25"W with 80 lined pages. Sketchbook measures 12"L x 8"W with 70 blank pages. Due to the handmade nature of this item, variation is in pattern placement expected.

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.

 

$72.00

Woven from durable elephant grass by artisans in Ghana, this beautiful one-of-a-kind tote features sunset hues paired with an aqua stripe, and a natural grass handle. The perfect accessory from home to market, and beyond.

Measures 20" L x 11" W x 15" T (to top of basket), 21" T (to top of handle). Totes can be rinsed and re-shaped with cool water as needed.

$28.00

These decorative baskets, handwoven in Africa, feature a unique triangle quadrant design and are woven using natural grasses and salvaged plastic strips.

The baskets are sold in two sizes, and they complement many of our other baskets from Senegal. Combine for best effect!

Small: 12"D. Large: 14"D. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, size may vary slightly.

$48.00

Perfect for simple storage, this lidded basket is woven in Senegal using natural grasses and thin strips of plastic.

Thanks to the creative use of modern materials, the baskets are updated with rich color and durability while maintaining their traditional appeal.

Measures 13"D x 13 T; size may vary slightly.

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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.

$25.00

In response to the challenges our partners in Africa are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Swahili Modern is contributing $10,000 to create an Artisan Relief Fund, AERO (Artisan Enrichment & Resource Organization). We are giving small grants directly to artisans and small artisan groups to help those in need. 100% of donations go directly to artisans in need, in addition to our own contribution.

Update: As of October 28th, 2020, we have donated $8,466 to artisans in need. We've raised $2,385 through generous donations, and $9,542 through the sale of face masks, to help further extend our relief program.

Donations range in amount from $5.00-$100.00. Make your selection above!

$62.00

This shopping tote in color-blocked natural and aubergine is woven from durable elephant grass by artisans in Ghana. A perfect accessory from home to market to beach and beyond, the shopper has matching soft leather handles for added comfort.

A popular choice for eco-conscious shopping, these indispensable totes stand the test of time, even with daily use. Can be rinsed and reshaped with cool water as needed.

Measures 18.5" L x 11"W. Slight variations may occur due to the handmade nature of this product.

$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.

$145.00

One of a kind ultimate ethical baby gift and a stylish addition to any nursery, this beautiful baby bassinet, handwoven from stalks of elephant grass, can easily be toted wherever a busy mom needs to go. These Moses baskets are handcrafted by Ghanaian basket weavers and have leather-wrapped carry handles. It also makes a great storage basket once the baby has outgrown it.

Measures 28-30” x 14-17” x 12”. Handles are reinforced with leather. Limited quantities available.

CAUTION: This product is suitable only for babies who cannot sit up unaided, roll over, or push up on their hands and knees and designed for stationary naptime use. Although very sturdy, this is not a carrying device, and babies must be carried separately from the basket when being moved. It should not be placed on slippery surfaces.

Mattress is not included.

$150.00

These freestanding African sculptures are all welded in Kenya by metal artists using recycled oil drums and scrap metal. Each elephant is handcrafted from the ground up and is one-of-a-kind, with a unique personality. Trunk position may vary.

The sculptures can be displayed inside or outside of the home. Measures approximately 14-20" tall, 20" long and 7" wide. Size will vary slightly due to the handcrafted nature of this sculpture.

This oil drum sculpture is shipped in an oversized box and often does not require additional shipping. However, if extra shipping fees are required (for example, shipping to Alaska or Hawaii, or if you purchase multiple sculptures), we will contact you via email after purchase. Please scroll down for more information.

About Shipping:

Shipping for this sculpture requires an oversized box. After purchase, we will contact you via email regarding any additional shipping charges. This is most likely to occur if you live in Alaska or Hawaii, or if you purchase multiple large items.

We can provide a shipping quote for oversized items at any time during the ordering process. Please email us at info@swahilimodern.com with your full shipping address to get started.

About the Artisans:

Moses and his small workshop of craftsmen build their own welding machines out of copper coil, tape, steel rod, and a sheet metal housing in order to create these spectacular metal works of art. Moses began his artistic career making furniture, but quickly switched to sculpture after an interested European buyer created a demand for his works abroad.

$22.00

Colorful, sweet Baby Elephant sculptures are made from discarded flip flops that have been hand-formed, carved, and cemented together by a small team of artisans in Nairobi.

These statement sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Measures 5"L x 2.5"W x 3.5"T. Size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$22.00

Using discarded flip flops, Kenyan artisans handcraft these freestanding whale sculptures.

Flip flop sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Measures 6"L x 2"W x 3.5"T. Size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$22.00

Africa's iconic acacia tree is handcrafted in an all-natural banana fiber sculpture. Malleable branches are perfect for hanging ornaments or jewelry.

The tree is freestanding. Size: 7"T x 12"D. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

In Nairobi's Banana Hill suburb, artisans utilize the fiber of banana palm trees, which grow prolifically in East Africa, to create whimsical gifts for local sale and export. Geoffrey and George head up a group of talented creatives with a penchant for portraying nuances of African life through this sustainable, all-natural medium.

$28.00

These all-natural sculptures have six main branches that you can use to hang jewelry or ornaments. The branches are semi-bendable and allow you to style the tree as you see fit.

Handcrafted entirely from banana leaves and fibers, the trees are long-lasting and add an organic beauty to your home.

Trees measure 12" and 18" tall; size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

In Nairobi's Banana Hill suburb, artisans utilize the fiber of banana palm trees, which grow prolifically in East Africa, to create whimsical gifts for local sale and export. Geoffrey and George head up a group of talented creatives with a penchant for portraying nuances of African life through this sustainable, all-natural medium.

$38.00

Featuring a full cast of nativity observers (Mary, Joseph, the infant Christ, three shepherds and animals, three kings and an angel), this sweet nativity scene fits nicely into its double door stable.

Artisans in Kenya and Uganda use the fiber of banana palm trees to create unique nativity collectibles. Each nativity is completely handmade and fair trade.

Size: [Stable] 5.5"L x 2.75"W x 8"T [Figures] 3-4"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

In Nairobi's Banana Hill suburb, artisans utilize the fiber of banana palm trees, which grow prolifically in East Africa, to create whimsical gifts for local sale and export. Esther heads up a small group of talented individuals with a penchant for creating collectible works of folk art using this sustainable, all-natural medium.

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