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Autumn Collection

As the weather changes, these seasonal products will warm your home. From tea and coffee, to blankets and baskets, refresh your space for autumn! 

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$550.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using woven Ilala palm, which is naturally dyed to create beautifully natural tones. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted. Large baskets can take more than a month to hand-weave!

Bulb-shaped zulu baskets, called ukhamba, are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When liquid is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

One of a kind. Measures 17" D x 21" T.

About the Artisans:

These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$32.00

Carved from solid stone, this sweet, stylized sculpture is crafted by a Zimbabwean stone sculptor through a process of texturing and polishing springstone. Each wide-eyed owl will be unique, as no two stones are the same; the sculptures highlight the natural coloring and veining of this valued stone.

Small measures 3.5" tall x 3" wide x 2" deep. Large measures 5" tall x 4" wide x 3" deep. Variation is expected due to the handcrafted nature of this item.

About the Artisans:

Zimbabwean sculptors 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
$64.00

These beautiful handcrafted pillows from Le Ndomo in Mali feature cotton mudcloth and include a pillow insert. This intricate pattern is hand-dyed.

The pillows are finished on the backside in a foldover enclosure. The cover measures 18"x 18"and included pillow 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

Artistic creativity abounds within the striking geometric block design of this handcrafted, organic cotton throw. Patterns will be similar to the photo but will vary according to the vision of the artisan who hand-dyed this beautiful mudcloth.

Measures approximately 46"W x 72"L. Natural cotton that is carded, spun, woven and dyed by hand will include variations in color and texture. Authentic mudcloth is a rustic textile with charming imperfections and an unfinished reverse side (see photos). Hemmed at top and bottom, with raw selvedge on the sides. For best care, hand wash in cool water and air dry.

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.

$40.00

This handcrafted apron by Tribal Textiles features an authentic African design depicting circles and traditional emblems on a background of Maasai Rust. The apron comes with neck strap and ties that have double thickness for durability, and it can be washed by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent. Hang to dry.

Measures 34" tall x 27" wide, 44.5" height to top of neckband, each strap 28" long. 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.

$16.50

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.

$38.00

Hand-carved by Kamba artisans in Kenya, this set of three stylish and practical spoons are a great addition to any kitchen.

The spoons are carved from a single piece of sustainably sourced olive wood and will last for decades with simple care.

Large: 8"L x 2.5"W x 0.5"T Medium: 7"L x 2.25"W x 0.5"T Small: 6"L x 2"W x 0.25"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 olive wood products, with marked improvements being seen for the individual, their families, the community. The olive wood tree is sacred to Kenyans and appreciated worldwide for its beautiful grain patterns and durability.

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$250.00

This one-of-a-kind shield features hand-carved geometric lines. Carved from a single piece of wood, this piece is beautiful mounted on a wall or displayed using a stand.

Only one available. Shield measures approximately 20-21" diameter and 2.5" deep.

About the Artisans:

Hand-carved shields from Cameroon are artfully crafted from single pieces of wood. Featuring a variety of intricate designs and patterns, these shields are truly unique pieces.

$28.00

Nairobi artisans complement the organic shapes of dried gourds, which grow prolifically in Africa, with a beautiful dip-dyed finish.

Because gourds are an organic item, each shape is completely one-of-a-kind, and gourds may feature small blemishes. See images for reference, sets will vary.

Sold in sets of three or four. Sets of four include one of each color gourd. Sets of three include three of the same color. Size: approximately 3.5" - 4.5"D x 4.5" - 6"T.

About the Artisans:

At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicities transform raw materials into art under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charles' exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

$98.00

Ethiopian cotton woven into two wide panels and hand-stitched with a center seam creates this gabi body shawl in a rich, earthy color. Worn traditionally in pure white for religious services, a gabi can serve in many ways, as apparel, throw, tablecloth or baby carrier.

Measures 105"L x 55"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly.

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 to some of the world's most marginalized people in and around Addis Ababa.

$38.00

Hand carved cow horn half circles are encased within brass circles by Kenyan jewelry artisans to create striking earrings. Cow horn is a natural material with subtle differences in color and pattern, so slight variations are to be expected.

Earrings measure 2"L x 1"W. 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 and horn, to craft amazing jewelry. Bone is sanitized and carved into gorgeous shapes and added to brass for modern African jewelry.

$38.00

Encasing hand carved cow horn shapes within brass borders, jewelry artists from Kenyan craft these striking earrings. Cow horn is a natural material with subtle differences in color and pattern, so slight variations are to be expected.

Earrings measure 2.75"L x 0.25"W. 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 and horn, to craft amazing jewelry. Bone is sanitized and carved into gorgeous shapes and added to brass for modern African jewelry.

$68.00

Using copper recycled from used water heaters or wire, along with silver mined by small scale miners from an old silver mine in Kabwe, 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. F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry showcases modern Zambian skill in eye-catching wearable art such as this copper and silver disc necklace, hung from a leather cord with a hook clasp.

Measures 2.5"W x 15"L (total length), 10" drop. 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.

$28.00

Handcrafted by artisans in Zimbabwe out of recycled metal, these delightful little bird sculptures will bring a song to your heart. Each sculpture is finished with varnish to protect against the elements but may weather slightly with long-term exposure. Handcrafted items may vary slightly.

Size: 7"L x 3"W x 3.5"T.

About the Artisans:

Artisans at the Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe use recycled materials and discarded oil drums to create stunning works of art and feature one-of-a-kind detailing.

Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe
$22.00

These unique folk art turkey sculptures, re-purposed from dried pine cones and hand painted with whimsical details, will grace any tablescape for the fall season.

Size: 3"L x 2.5"W x 4"T. Sizes and style may vary slightly since natural products are used.

About the Artisans:

Art, in its many forms, always draws both the creator and the observer together. Using readily available natural material such as pine cones and local seed pods, artisans from Zimbabwe rely on their creative spirit to handcraft these whimsical sculptures.

$24.00

These cute handcrafted African toys are knit from natural, organic cotton and are safe for children of any age. The animals feature easy-to-grab limbs, sewn facial features, and a scarf. Made by Kenana Knitters, who are known for their high quality crafts.

Size: [Small] 11"T x 4"L x 2"W [Large] 15"T x 5"L x 3.5"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.

$28.00

These colorful 8"x 8" baskets are just the right size for kids' hands to hold. Baby Bolga baskets are woven in Ghana using elephant grass. Just like our larger Bolga baskets, the tough, natural fiber makes the baskets durable and water-resistant. Just wet with cool water and reshape as needed, then air dry.

Baskets will be a mix of orange with other fall colors like yellow, navy, and green, but designs and colors are assorted—see photos for examples of our currently-in-stock baskets. Each basket is handmade and unique. Each basket is finished a leather-wrapped handle in black and/or brown leather.

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$98.00

This luxurious gabi in tangerine orange 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 waysâ 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 111"L x 60"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size may vary slightly.

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 to some of the world's most marginalized people in and around Addis Ababa.

$64.00

These beautiful handcrafted pillows from Le Ndomo in Mali feature cotton mudcloth and include a pillow insert. This stained glass pattern is hand-dyed.

The pillows are finished on the backside in a foldover enclosure. The cover measures 18"x 18"and included pillow 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.

$48.00

Ghanaian artisans hand-carve these lovely hand drums from wood, stretch a goatskin top, and hand-paint vibrant finishes onto their exterior. Each drum is fully functional and makes a great gift for musicians and music lovers. The drums are assorted in color and motif; see photos for examples.

Size: approximately 8" W x 13" T

Due to the handcrafted nature of these drums, designs and color will vary. 

About the Artisans:

Founded by Andy Koney nearly 20 years ago in his bedroom, today the Ghanaian 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.

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$13.00

Level Ground Bright Roast Coffee is a light roast comprised of beans from Ethiopia, Peru and D.R. Congo. Level Ground works with the HOPE Organic Project to pay farmers a fair price for their coffee crop, which makes up half of household incomes and is the only crop grown for export in the region. Your purchase of this Fair Trade coffee helps to fund healthcare and teach organic farming practices to over 3,800 families.

This organic blend of African and South American coffee with notes of raspberry, sweet almond and grapefruit, has a lively entry, rich crema and tremendous character with a cocoa finish. Weighs 10.5 oz. Option of either whole bean or ground available.

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.

Level Ground, in collaboration the Lima Ltd and the HOPE project, works with farming families to grow and export organic coffee. In 2010, Level Ground premiums helped fund healthcare for 178 members and their households (representing 675 people). Direct Fair Trade premiums from the sale of Level Ground coffee also helps to fund training in organic farming methods as well as soil and shade conservation.

$28.00

Unrefined and unprocessed, this 100% pure, crystal white, natural desert salt is harvested from a salt pan in the pristine Kalahari Desert. Salt water from an ancient underground brine lake is drawn into the salt pan and sun-dried, suffusing the salt with essential minerals and trace elements that have been balanced within the earth over millions of years. A perfect partner to desert salt, Oryx pepper is sourced from small independent co-operative farmers in Madagascar, where the berries are hand-harvested and sorted. 

This gift set of four features miniature Oryx Desert salt and pepper grinders, and miniature coarse and fine salt refills. Oryx Desert Salt's recyclable glass bottles include durable ceramic grinder heads, so each bottle can be replenished repeatedly with economical refill boxes.

Size: salt grinder measures 55g, pepper grinder measures 25g. Refills measure 175g. A portion of profits from Oryx Desert Salt benefit the Khomani San and Mier communities of the Kalahari Desert.

Producer Profile:

Kalahari desert salt pan, the source of Oryx salt

During a life-changing 75-mile walk through the Namib desert, founder Samantha Skyring had extraordinary face-to-face encounters with Oryx Gazelles. After researching the Oryx, Samantha found that licking salt is crucial to their survival in the harsh conditions of the Kalahari desert. This experience inspired both the creation and branding of Oryx Desert Salt.

$18.00

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Add a touch of natural elegance to your table this season with this set of simple spice dishes, hand carved from wild olive wood by Kamba carvers in Kenya.

Sold as a set of two. Each measures 3"L x 3.25"W x 0.25"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly. Hand wash; treat with a light coat of olive oil.

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 olive wood products, with marked improvements being seen for the individual, their families, the community. The olive wood tree is sacred to Kenyans and appreciated worldwide for its beautiful grain patterns and durability.

$30.00

Choose 2 fine flavors for the foodies on your gift-giving list! Choose 2 from our selection of Cape Treasures Olive Oils and Fruit-Infused Balsamic Reductions, and we'll place your selections in a gift-ready box.

Gift set includes your choice of any 2 Cape Treasures olive oils or balsamic reductions. Make your selection for each of the 2 flavors in the dropdowns below.

Producing partner, Turqle Trading, is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, and donates 2.5% of the export price of each bottle to a Fair Trade Trust for the education of artisans and their families. Cape Treasures olive oils showcase buttery, sweetly fragrant mission olives grown in South Africa's Paarl Valley.

$88.00

Within a frame of rustic hessian (jute) fabric in a rust coloration, Congo raffia panels are highlighted in these uniquely African table runners. Because this item is crafted from handmade Congo raffia elements, each one is unique and designs may vary from photo.

Measures 14"W x 60"L. Size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

While she was trained to be a secretary and teacher, Joyce Mibenge turned her passion for tailoring into a thriving small business called African Joy in Zambia. Now working with her three daughters, African Joy employs five tailors, two bead workers and three other staff.

$48.00

These sisal wall baskets are handcrafted in Zimbabwe. Beautiful displayed on a wall or tabletop, the sisal fibers create a gorgeous texture and each basket is a work of art.

Only one available. Measures 12"D.

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.

$38.00

Using natural pigment colors to reflect Zambia's natural richness, artisans at Tribal Textiles hand paint this zebra motif in deep tones onto 100% locally-sourced African cotton, then sew this fully washable pillow cover. Wash by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent.

This pillow cover has a vent closure and measures 18"x18". Included pillow insert also 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.

Tribal Textiles Zambia Video

$125.00

Woven by Wolof craftswomen, these African hampers feature a dotted pattern crafted using plastic strips recycled from prayer mat factories. Designed with durability in mind, each basket features a flat lid and cutout handles.

Measures 14"D x 19"T.

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

$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.

$88.00

Exquisite in both design and craftmanship, this shawl is completely hand made with Ethiopian cotton and silk, featuring a blue border and hand-knotted fringe.

Natural materials such as leaves, flowers, and coffee, along with textile dyes are used to produce gorgeous colors.

Shawl is made with 65% silk & 35% cotton and measures 84"L x 24"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

Sabahar Textiles Video

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.

$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.

$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.

$288.00

Sold in a set of 3, these gorgeous hampers ship nested inside each other. The hampers are woven in rural Senegal using natural grasses and thin strips of plastic. Featuring varying patterns, each set is similar to those pictured and yet completely unique. Handles are crafted from matching braided plastic in black, cream, or a mix of the 2 colors. Fair trade.

These beautifully crafted baskets brighten any room of your home while providing an impressive amount of storage.

Large: 18"D x 28"T. Medium: 16"D x 22"T. Small: 13-14"D x 19-20"T.

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

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$325.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using woven Ilala palm, which is naturally dyed to create beautifully natural tones. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted. Large baskets can take more than a month to hand-weave!

Bulb-shaped zulu baskets, called ukhamba, are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When liquid is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

One of a kind. Measures 16" D x 17" T.

About the Artisans:

These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$240.00

This beautiful stool is hand carved from cedrela wood by artisans in Ghana. Cedrela is a tropical tree that is naturally termite and rot-resistant. Stools hold great cultural significance in Ghana, and the simple aesthetic of this beautiful piece showcases the elegance of modern West African design.

Measures 18"T x 9"W x 18"L. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Ghanaian artisan carves furniture from wood

Drawing inspiration from the many beautiful stories from Africa including the continent's artistry and culture, Tekura (a family owned business) makes a range of accent tables, contemporary stools and complementary pieces like bowls, vases, candle holders etc. reflecting true craftsmanship and the spirit of a group of local artisans. 

$135.00

Featuring a cinnamon stripe with pink diamonds, this One-of-a-Kind elephant grass Bolga basket is perfect to hold houseplants or to create beautiful storage. Handwoven out of stiff elephant grass, these eco-conscious and indispensable planter baskets stand the test of time and can also be easily cleaned and re-shaped with water.

Measures 19" wide (13" width opening), 13" tall. Shown with 12" pot inside. Only one available in this style.

$68.00

Measuring 70" long, this handmade table runner with its modern graphics is created by weaving dried twigs through through hand-dyed mudcloth fabric.

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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$72.00

These sisal wall baskets are handcrafted in Zimbabwe. Beautiful displayed on a wall or tabletop, the sisal fibers create a gorgeous texture and each basket is a work of art.

Only one available. Measures 15"D.

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.

$185.00

These hampers, handwoven by an association of more than 100 rural Wolof women in the West African nation of Senegal, bring beautiful modern artisan craftsmanship to homes around the world. These useful baskets are woven in the coil style by binding dried cattail stalks with plastic strips salvaged from a Dakar mat factory. Featuring aqua, orange, yellow and white triangles, the combination of natural and synthetic materials beautifully displays modern African artistry.

Measures 19"D x 30"T.

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

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$64.00

These beautiful handcrafted pillows from Le Ndomo in Mali feature 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 included pillow 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.

$44.00

These tiny bowls, with women reaching toward each other around the edge of the bowl, represent the philosophy of Ubuntu: a complex Nguni word that means “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.” These hand thrown bowls feature female figures wearing their traditional African headscarves with their babies on their backs.

Size: Width from edge to edge: 4"; Height from the top of women to bottom: 2.5"; Height from edge to bottom of bowl: 1". Due to the handcrafted nature of this product, each design and color will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

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The South African Zizamele Ceramics, founded in 2008 by Toni Burton who taught ceramics skills at a local college, creates highly sought after and collectable ceramic pieces that can be found all around the world and is increasingly exporting to international stores and galleries. Members of Zizamele have their own ceramic specialty developed after Toni taught an 18-month long job creation course in craft production.

$22.00

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JusTea® Trios bring together three delicious flavors of Kenyan tea in one gorgeous gift set! The Black Tea Trio contains three interlocking tins filled with JusTea's exquisite African Chai, Kenyan Earl Grey, and Mt. Kenya Black loose-leaf teas.

Each trio tin includes a hand-carved wild olive wood spoon, information about the small-scale tea production in Kenya, and steeping instructions for each flavor. Unit Size: Each trio contains about 45 cups of loose leaf tea (15 cups per flavor). Avg. 90g

Steeping Instructions: 1 teaspoon of tea per cup of 205°F water for 3 mins.

JusTea is dedicated to maintaining the whole tea leaf rather than the normal maceration which destroys much of the leaf’s natural complexities and depth. This allows the tea to be steeped multiple times, retaining the full flavor profile that whole leaf tea offers.

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Tea farmer in Kenya wears a backpack basket full of tea leaves in a field of tea

The Bain family from Canada partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community in Kenya to establish JusTea®, Kenya’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Fully staffed, managed, and owned by small-scale Kenyan tea farmers, JustTea was granted one of the first tea processing licenses to produce these artisanal, direct-from-farm teas by The Tea Board of Kenya. The tea farm is nestled in the rolling green Nandi Hills where its volcanic soil naturally produces some of the world’s most flavourful tea. This small specialty factory processes a rainbow of teas: Purple, Green, Oolong and Black artisanal teas.

$78.00

Treat someone special with this Deluxe Self Care Gift Basket!

This fabulous basket is filled with fair trade African skin care & accessories, chosen to pamper and please.

    • Zambia Organic Soaps are made from all-natural ingredients, including high quality essential oils, plant extracts, leaves, and blossoms.  Choose from these delightful scents: Lavender, Spearmint, Sweet Basil, Cassia, or Lemongrass.
    • 3-pack of Zambeezi Balms are made with organically grown, fair trade beeswax, mongongo, and essential oils to leave lips feeling soothed, pampered and protected.  These tart, tangy balms come in a pack with three scents included: tangerine, lemongrass and suncare.
    • The Leakey Collection Marula Oil LCMO1 is made from oil-rich kernels in East Africa. It provides long-lasting hydration, soothes redness and irritation, and leaves skin glowing with a matte finish.
    • Shea Butter, by Lulu Life, is an organic, Grade A virgin shea butter. Lulu Life Shea Butter is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa. Choose from a variety of lovely scents, including:
      • Lavender
      • Mayan Gold (an earthy, citrus blend)
      • Vanilla Bean
      • Lulu Delight (a blend of myrrh, wild basil, and florals)
      • or Pure Lulu Unscented.
    • Leakey Collection Cause Bracelet, with proceeds from each bracelet dedicated to a project that benefits Maasai women artisans, their families, and their community. Choose from: Beads for Girls Graduation, Healthy Gardens, Clean Water, or Learning Cause Bracelets.

All of these wonderful, handcrafted products are packed with care into a classic elephant grass Baby Bolga Basket with a black or brown leather handle. Each basket is woven by women in Ghana who have mastered the traditional weaving skill, providing for their families. Baskets will vary slightly.

$72.00

Woven from the tough fiber of the makenge root, these rare wedding baskets are gifted to a new bride by her mother or in-laws, and passed down from generation to generation. The basket's design is created by the repairs of years of use.

The baskets are considered to be collector's items can be up to 50 years old. The baskets' age increases their value and guarantees more character, including raised grass designs.

Measures approximately 13"D x 4"T. Please note that the baskets will show signs of wear.

$124.00

This large mudcloth blanket is handmade in Mali using locally grown cotton. The cotton is woven into strips of thick canvas, stitched together, and then roll painted with traditional Malian designs.

Measures approximately 46"W x 72"L. Fair trade; due to the handmade nature of this blanket, patterns will vary. Hemmed borders at top and bottom; as typical with authentic mudcloth, the backside is unfinished. For best care, hand wash in cool water and air dry.

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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