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"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.

$24.00

Kenyan artisans craft these beautiful angel holiday sculptures from sisal threads and banana fiber. This handmade angel wears red and holds a star. With a beaded hanging string in the back, the angel can be displayed standing or hanging as a Christmas tree ornament.

Dimensions:  5"L x 2.5"W x 10"T

Crafted from: Banana fiber, sisal, paper, string, beads

Made in: Kenya

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.

$16.00

This sweet dragonfly garden stake is crafted from either red or blue glass beads and recycled metal, and can be gently pressed down into a flower bed, or a large planter.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 5"L x 4.5"W x 17.5"H

Crafted from: Recycled metal, Beads

Made in: Kenya

$44.00

Interweaving natural and dyed grasses to create intricate patterns, Tanzanian artisans hand-craft these stylish baskets. The baskets are named for the weaver, Maila, who perfected the new woven design.

These all-natural baskets are handwoven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania. The milulu makes durable baskets, which can be rinsed with cool water and reshaped as needed.

Sold individually; choose from 3 sizes. Approximate measurements: Small 10" wide x 10" tall; Medium 12" wide x 12" tall; Large 13" wide x 13" tall. Because this product is handmade, size and design placement will vary.

About the Artisans:

Tanzanian woman artisan, weaving Maila baskets

Vikapu Bomba embodies the vision of Catherine Shembilu to create sustainable income for talented, rural Tanzanian women. For many women living in the lush southern highlands, life centers around subsistence farming, cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. Women can weave baskets between their other duties, working daily to earn money to pay school fees, buy food, procure farming supplies and contribute to savings. When a woman has money of her own to use or share, she has greater influence over her life and future.

Milulu grass reeds can be harvested carefully from the marsh without removing the entire plant. The reeds are dried in the sun, dyed with natural dyes, and split for weaving. The closeness to the earth of both maker and product gives these beautifully crafted baskets natural appeal.

$24.00

Sixteen strands of cinnamon and fuchsia Zulugrass are used to create this Multi-Strand Bracelet. Each bracelet features strong elastic between the two fallen acacia wood beads, designed to roll over your hand and wrist.

Size: 2.25" inner diameter. One size fits most. Check out the matching Multi-Strand Necklace. Zulugrass strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads, 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.

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$18.00

"No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come."

Beautifully screen printed, fully lined and finished with a contrasting zipper, this charming flat pouch showcases the African proverb, "No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come." 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.

$18.00 $24.00

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.

$40.00

These vibrantly colored bowl baskets make storage beautiful in any room of the home. Handwoven from durable elephant grass and hand-dyed a beautiful red, these baskets are stylish and made to last. 

Sold individually. Size: Small: 11-12"L x 11-12"W x 5-6"H  Large: 12-13"L x 12-13"W x 7-8"H Sizes will vary. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. 

$14.40 $18.00

These beautifully contoured heart-shaped bowls are handcrafted from soft Kenyan soapstone, then dyed with either a vibrant fuschia or red finish and etched with a giraffe print pattern. Lovely as a jewelry dish; not food safe.

Measures 6"L x 5.5"W x 0.5"T. Fair trade.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$76.00

Metal sculptors in Burkina Faso use a lost-wax casting method to create beautiful modern African art. This unique sculpture portrays a feminine figure wearing red and practicing a yoga lotus pose.

Sold singly. Because this is a handmade creation, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 4"L x 3.5"W x 4"H

Crafted from: Bronze, paint

Made in: Burkina Faso

$130.00

Talented metal workers in Burkina Faso handcraft this serene sculpture of a lady in a red dress adorned with twists in her hair, enjoying a moment of relaxation. This beautiful piece of art showcases Burkinabe metal casting skill.

Sold singly. Each sculpture is unique, and colors will vary.

Dimensions: 4"W x 6"D x 9"H

Crafted from: Bronze, paint

Made in: Burkina Faso

$34.00

These striking rare baskets are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets," the baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.

Nomadic baskets are sold in three useful nesting sizes and are dotted with red beads. Because these baskets are handcrafted, each will vary slightly.

Each basket is tightly knit and is designed to last a lifetime. Sold individually.

Approximate measurements: [L] 7"D x 5"T [M] 5.5"D x 4"T [S] 4.5"D x 4"T.

About the Artisans:

For the pastoral communities of northern Kenya, life pivots on the coming of rain and the survival of livestock. When the skies open, the landscape becomes lush and fragrant. Cattle and goats drink and forage near home and families stay together. In times of drought, warriors must travel far to find water for their herds, leaving women and children at home alone to endure dry seasons of unknown length as the streams, earth and trees dry around them.

Where they were once only allowed to own milk, Samburu women now own camels, plus they earn income by making baskets, processing meat and hides, keeping bees and refining honey. Through this shift in property control and a general increase in literacy in the region, Samburu women have become valued contributing community members.

$112.00

These sisal wall baskets are handcrafted in Zimbabwe. Beautiful displayed on a wall or tabletop, the sisal fibers create a unique texture. Each basket is a work of art, handwoven over many hours.

This set of baskets is one of a kind. Sold as a set of 2. You will receive the baskets shown in the photo.

Measurements:
Basket 1: 11.5" wide by 2.5" deep.
Basket 2: 11" wide by 2.5" deep.

About the Artisans:

These baskets are sourced from the Collaborative Craft Project, a group in Zimbabwe working with local expert weavers and specializing in natural and sustainable materials. Sisal fibers are extracted from the agave sisalana plant and are hand-dyed to create beautiful colors. The dyes are all natural and sourced from trees native to Zimbabwe. Leaves from the Umdwada tree create black dye, Uchane leaves create yellow, Isinga roots and Umhlahlampethu leaves create brown, and other organic matter creates additional earth tones.

$115.00

African laundry hampers bring amazing artisan craftsmanship into our living spaces. Our laundry hampers are handwoven by an association of more than 100 rural Wolof women in the West African nation of Senegal. Crafting baskets allows rural women to earn income from the comfort of their community.

This basket features triangles and stripes in red, and aqua on a black background.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may vary slightly.

Dimensions: 22"T x 18.5"W x 18.5"D  

Crafted from: Cattail stalks, plastic

Made in: Senegal

 

$12.00

Kenyan artisans craft these vibrant angel ornaments from brightly dyed sisal and banana fiber. Using natural materials allows artisans to earn income with no stress on their environment, and the handcrafted nature of these fair-trade ornaments adds a rustic touch to your Christmas tree. This angel is dressed in red and is depicted holding an instrument.

Sold singly in assorted red tones. Because these are handcrafted items, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 3"L x 2"W x 5.5"H

Crafted from: Banana fiber, sisal, paper, string

Made in: Kenya

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.

$20.00

These modern reindeer are hand-carved from solid soapstone in western Kenya. Nairobi artists hand-dye the surface to a bright, festive red.

Sold individually. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Approximate Size: 5"T

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$39.00

Coiling vibrantly dyed raffia over banana stalks, Ugandan artisans craft these beautiful, nature-inspired baskets. These baskets are functional art that can be displayed on the wall with its raffia loop, or put to use on the tabletop, the garden, and more.

Size: 12"D x 3"T. Because these are handcrafted items, colors and patterns may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Uganda Crafts 2000 Limited, a member of the International Fair Trade Association teaches basic handcrafting skills to rural & urban women and provides income opportunities for the marginalised and disadvantaged: people with disabilities, widows, orphans, single mothers, women with minimal education, and people living with HIV. They handcraft baskets using natural raffia wrapped over coils of banana leaf stems.

$14.00

These beautiful sisal ornaments are handcrafted by talented Rwandan basket weavers. Shaped like traditional Agaseke giving baskets, each ornament features a removable lid, enabling it to be filled with small gifts or sweet notes!

Sold individually. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly.

Approximate Size: 4-5" tall and 2-3" wide, with a 3" string.

Made in: Rwanda

About the Artisans:

It is typical for many women in developing countries to depend solely on their husbands for financial needs, but Songa Designs International is changing this dynamic. By working for Songa, under-resourced women are encouraged to pursue economic independence, simply by using skills acquired through everyday life. Songa Designs provides jobs for over 150 women who in turn negotiate their own salaries and earn fair wages, which enables them to buy land, health insurance or send their children to school for the first time. Trained by generations of local cultural tradition, the skilled artisans in Rwanda in East Africa craft stylish, high-quality accessories inspired by nature. Each handmade item is tightly woven with all-natural materials such as banana leaf fiber or sisal plants.

$22.00

Kenyan artisans portray praying angels in carved in Kisii stone or stained to a rich red. A beautiful addition to year-round or holiday decor, since each angel is carefully hand carved by rural artisans, each will vary slightly.

Each piece measures approximately 1.75"L x 1"W x 2.5"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$18.00

These jolly reindeer are carved from solid soapstone in western Kenya. Nairobi artists hand-dye the surface to a rich red.

Pair with our Soapstone Reindeers for a whimsical holiday display!

Measures 4"T x 2"W although sizes are not exact and can vary (does not include candle).

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$14.50

Kenyan artisans hand carve these simply sweet bunny rabbits from soft soapstone, dyed with a vibrant red finish and etched details.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 4"L x 2.25"W x 2.75"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$44.00

These striking striped baskets are handwoven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania. Each basket includes accent bands of red-dyed grass.

The all-natural baskets are very durable and can be rinsed with cool water and reshaped as needed. Due to the handcrafted nature of these baskets, slight variation may occur.

Approximate Sizes:
Small: 10"H x 10"D
Medium: 12"H x 12"D
Large: 13"H x 13"D

Crafted from: Milulu grass, natural dye

Made in: Tanzania

About the Artisans:


Home of the Hehe people, the city of Iringa is situated 300 miles from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and stretches along a hilltop overlooking the Ruaha River to the south. Iringa is famous for its woven baskets made from local reeds. The baskets are an important source of income for the 100,000 population town and are used across Tanzania and exported worldwide.


$42.00

Empowering women in East Africa through entrepreneurship, The Leakey Collection is also providing support to help their female Maasai neighbors build businesses benefiting their families, beginning with a high-yield, low-impact dairy cattle program.

This Women-Owned Multi-Strand Necklace combines 16 Zulugrass strands in vivid shades of red and fuschia. Each necklace features beautiful fallen acacia wood beads and is strung on a black satin cord that can be adjusted to lengthen or shorten the necklace's drape. The necklace can be adjusted to a total length of 33" and has a matching Multi-Strand Bracelet. Zulugrass strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads, 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.

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