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$42.00

Woven from long strips of fiber extracted from the sisal plant, this beautiful multi-tonal gray tote is finished with leather straps and a loop closure. Sisal grows well in the semi-arid climate of eastern Kenya, and this bag is sustainably made as well as fair trade. Individually woven and hand-dyed, the subtle grays of each tote are classic and stylish!

Measures approximately 12-14" wide x 8" deep x 10" tall (to top of bag). Due to the handmade nature of this item, size and color may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these womens' totes are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$28.00

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

Beautifully screen printed, this statement tote bag showcases Nelson Mandela's quotation, "The world is truly round and seems to start and end with those we love."

Size: 13.5"L x 4"W x 15"T (to top of bag), 24"T (to top of handles). Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may 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.

$108.00

This luxurious gabi in gray and light blue hues is woven from fine organic cotton into two wide panels, then hand-stitched together by artisans of Sammy Ethiopia. Worn traditionally in pure white for religious services, a gabi is an expansive textile that can serve in many ways - as a wrap or shawl, a throw blanket, a tablecloth, or even tied as a baby carrier.

You'll find many reasons to love this heirloom-quality handwoven textile!

Measures 59"W x 87"L. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size may vary slightly. Color variation is an expected feature, due to the handmade nature of this item.

Care instructions: Hand wash with mild detergent. 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 to some of the world's most marginalized people in and around Addis Ababa.

$125.00

These luxurious throws are woven by artisans using cotton grown and spun in Ethiopia. The weaving process creates sumptuously soft, multi-tonal cotton with handspun texture. Each throw is finished with a hand-sewn center seam and hand-knotted fringe on each end.

Delightful as a wrap or a throw blanket, the New Moon colorway features cool grays and a contrasting red center seam.

Natural materials such as leaves, flowers, and coffee, along with textile dyes are used to produce each color. The environmentally friendly dyes are both AZO free and REACH certified.

Throw is made with 100% Ethiopian cotton and measures approximately 72"L x 47"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur. 

About the Artisans:

Sabahar is an Ethiopian company that produces uniquely designed, hand made cotton and silk textiles that are entirely handcrafted from natural fibers grown and processed in Ethiopia.

Kathy Marshall, a Canadian by birth who has lived in Ethiopia over 20 years, founded Sabahar in 2004. Her passion for preserving and celebrating the rich weaving tradition of Ethiopia, combined with her desire to create respectful and ethical work opportunities for marginalized people have laid the foundation for the company.

$32.00

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Showcasing natural, gray soapstone, this sweet mama and baby elephant sculpture set is hand-carved and polished by Kenyan artisans. Each sculpture displays the natural grain and varied coloration of gray soapstone. Colors are predominantly gray, but this is completely natural soapstone with no dyeing. Each piece could display variation in shade, grain, veining, and even some brown and pink tones, making each piece beautifully one of a kind. Additional color swatches are shown as possible examples.

Mother measures approximately 5"L x 3.75"W x 3"T and baby measures 4"L x 3.25"W x 2.5"T. Size may vary slightly.

At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi’s industrial district, about a dozen artisans of transform raw soapstone with non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charles's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

$64.00

These large, soft pillows from Le Ndomo in Mali feature handmade cotton mudcloth and include a pillow insert. Intricate line designs in an expanding square pattern are hand-dyed.

The pillows are finished on the backside in a foldover enclosure. The cover measures 18"x 18"and insert measures 20" x 20". Natural cotton that is carded, spun, woven and dyed by hand may include variations in color and texture. This is an expected feature of handmade cloth.

About the Artisans:

Le Ndomo is a social enterprise created to address the unemployment problem of young people who have not had the chance to study or to attend school. Ndomo aims to give these young people training with local knowledge: In addition to technical training, it also aims to assist young people in life by facilitating their socialization and by giving them values that will increase the quality of their lives; responsibility, personal commitment, work and solidarity, in strict compliance with the values of traditional African society.

$135.00

This beautiful throw is crafted in Mali with handmade cotton mudcloth in a dyed intricate line design with an expanding square pattern.

Measures 46"W x 72"L. Natural cotton that is carded, spun, woven and dyed by hand may include variations in color and texture. This is an expected feature of handmade cloth.

About the Artisans:

Le Ndomo is a social enterprise created to address the unemployment problem of young people who have not had the chance to study or to attend school. Ndomo aims to give these young people training with local knowledge: In addition to technical training, it also aims to assist young people in life by facilitating their socialization and by giving them values that will increase the quality of their lives; responsibility, personal commitment, work and solidarity, in strict compliance with the values of traditional African society.

$28.00

Silver wire is formed into a classic droplet shape and strung with black and natural Zulugrass beads and Czech glass beads to create these lightweight earrings.

Measure 2.25"L x 1"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. 

$50.00

Handcrafted by Tribal Textiles with 100% African-sourced cotton, this lovely wall hanging depicts an assortment of safari animals in the colors of an Africa sky. It can be washed by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent.

Measures 55"L x 16"W. Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

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 cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ 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.

$38.00

This beaded pattern represents the iconic beaded Maasai necklace on this 100% locally-sourced cotton pillow cover that is hand painted and crafted by Zambian artisans. The cover has a vent closure and can be washed by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent.

This pillow cover has a vent closure and measures 18"x18". Included pillow insert measures 18"x18". Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

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 cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ 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.

$28.00

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

Small is 10.5"T x 3.5"L x 3.5"W. Medium is 15"T x 5"L x 4.5"W. Large is 20"T x 8"L x 7"W. Fair trade. 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.

$38.00

Time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting by hand yields exquisite, high quality textiles for this whimsical pillow cover. Each pillow cover features 100% locally-sourced African cotton with a vent closure and can be washed by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent.

This pillow cover has a vent closure and measures 18"x18" as does the insert. illow insert is included. Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

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 cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ 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.

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