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Mother's Day Gifts

Show your love this Mother's Day with beautifully handcrafted fair trade gifts from Africa.

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$88.00

This sweet set from Rwanda features five baskets of descending size, all nested together. Assorted designs are incorporated using strands dyed to a shade of black or dark blue. Please note that the coloration of the white sisal can vary to include brown areas.

Sold as a set of five baskets. Because these are handcrafted items, each will vary slightly. Baskets are made from unbleached natural fiber, variation in tone is to be expected.

Dimensions:
Basket 1: 5"L x 5"W x 10"H
Basket 2:  3.5"L x 3.5"W x 7"H
Basket 3:  2.75"L x 2.75"W x 5"H
Basket 4:  1.75"L x 1.75"W x 3"H
Basket 5:  1.25"L x 1.25"W x 2"H

Crafted from: Sisal, dye

Made in: Rwanda

About the Artisans:

Rwandan basket weavers transform sisal fibers into this beautiful set of nesting baskets.

$58.00

Artisans in Burkina Faso dye soft hand-woven cotton shawls with indigo powder extracted from the leaves of the indigofera tinctoria plant. For centuries, wearing indigo cloth in West Africa indicated power and wealth. Today, the use of synthetic indigo dye is predominant, but pockets of artisans still process the plant to dye with true indigo.

This beautiful shawl is soft to the touch and features a resist-dyed stripe pattern and a braided fringe.

Sold singly. Design may vary slightly.

Dimensions: 26"W x 64"L

Crafted from: Cotton, indigo dye

Made in: Burkina Faso

Care: hand-wash in cool water and air dry. 

$48.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

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

$24.00

Lovely shades of deep purple, lavender, and blue are used in the 16 strands of Zulugrass to create this Hydrangea 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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$58.00

This collectible ceramic vase is handcrafted by Vuyelwa Katshwa from South African's Zizamele Ceramics using press-moulds. It features a beautiful blue and white pattern with woman wearing a traditional headscarf.

Size: approximately 6.5"T x 3"W x 3"D. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

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.

$10.00

JusTea cold-pressed bergamot oil will brighten your Earl Grey experience! Grown under the Mediterranean sun, organic bergamot oranges marry perfectly with the natural fruity notes of whole leaf Kenyan tea, grown pesticide-free on small Kenyan farms. Aromatic and rich, with notes of bright citrus and wildflowers, JusTea high-caffeine Earl Grey is unlike any other you have tasted.

Sold as 12 tea bags in a tin. JusTea's Zero-Waste Pyramid Tea Bags are the most earth-friendly pyramid tea bags available, 100% plastic-free and compostable in just 3 weeks.

Steeping Instructions: 1 tea bag at 205 degrees for 3 mins

Meet JusTea's farmers

Dimensions: 3"L x 3"W x 4.75"H

Crafted from: Rainforest Alliance Kenyan Black tea, organic cold-pressed bergamot oil

Made in: Kenya

See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

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.

$38.00

Talented Kenyan artisans craft these long lustrous earrings from gently bent and hammered brass. Affixed with hypo-allergenic brass ear wires, each pair is a stylish wardrobe essential.

Earrings measure 0.5"W x 3.25"L. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

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$18.00

Showcasing un-dyed soapstone in this beautiful lidded box, Kenyan artisans hand carve and polish to a smooth finish. Although colors are primarily cream, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a wide variation in color and grain than photos - with veining, and even some brown and pink tones but each will be lovely.

Dimensions: 4"L x 4.25"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone

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.

$145.00

This beautiful one of a kind handcrafted baby bassinet, is the ultimate ethical baby gift and stylish addition to any nursery. Handwoven from durable 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.

Measures 31” x 16” x 12”. Handles are reinforced with natural leather. Only one 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.

$54.00

Using strands of natural and hand-dyed sisal extracted from agave plants, women living in remote areas of rural Kenya earn income by crafting beautiful baskets for chic storage with a textural look. Woven to last, sisal baskets can be reshaped using cold water.

Size: 10"D x 13"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of the item, it 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!

$38.00

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

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

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

About the Artisans:

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

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

$58.00

Kenyan artisans expertly weave long strips of palm leaves to create this stylish open top tote bag. Featuring a leather trimmed top and handles, this tote is the perfect on-the-go accessory and roomy enough to carry it all.

Size: approximately 20"L x 12"W x 13" (to top of body), 18"H (to top of handles). Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation in size and shape is expected.

About the Artisans:

In Nairobi's Banana Hill suburb, African 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.

$68.00

These radiant sculptures are cast from solid bronze in Burkina Faso using the lost wax method. This sculpture features a beautiful seated figure with flowing skirts and a head wrap, designed to sit on the edge of a shelf.

This figure is limited edition; made in small quantities and only available at Swahili Modern. 2 available. Measures 7.5"T x 4"W x 3"D.

$275.00

These radiant sculptures are cast from solid bronze by artisans in Burkina Faso using the lost wax method. This sculpture features a beautiful standing figure in flowing robes with polished necklaces.

This figure is limited edition; made in small quantities and only available at Swahili Modern. 2 available. Measures 17"T x 5"W x 3.75"D.

$24.00

Talented women in rural Rwanda use abundant, natural banana and sisal fibers to weave useful baskets for the home. This basket softly spirals tan and cream tones together for a neutral & modern take on a traditional woven design. The petite size has many uses—use your basket to hold jewelry, bedside essentials like lip balm, or keys.

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

Size: 7-8"D x 2"T

About the Artisans:

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.

$275.00

These radiant sculptures are cast from solid bronze in Burkina Faso using the lost wax method. This sculpture features a beautiful standing figure with a walking stick, balancing a pot.

A beautiful gift, this figure is limited edition; they are made in small quantities and are only available at Swahili Modern. 2 available. Measures 19"T x 5"W x 4"D.

$115.00

These radiant sculptures are cast from solid bronze in Burkina Faso using the lost wax method. This sculpture features a beautiful standing figure with a walking stick, holding a pot.

A beautiful gift, this figure is limited edition; they are made in small quantities and are only available at Swahili Modern. 1 available. Measures 9"T x 3.5"W x 3"D.

$205.00

These radiant sculptures are cast from solid bronze in Burkina Faso using the lost wax method. This sculpture features a beautiful seated figure reading a book.

A beautiful gift, this figure is limited edition; they are made in small quantities and are only available at Swahili Modern. 2 available. Measures 8.5"T x 3.5"W x 3.5"D.

$28.00

The Leakey Collection, empowering women in East Africa through work opportunity, is also providing additional entrepreneurship support to help their female Maasai neighbors build businesses through the proceeds of this bracelet. They will begin with high-yield, low-impact dairy cattle program.

Size: 2.25" inner diameter. One size fits most. Zulugrass strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads, dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass.

$88.00

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.

$36.00

Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-carved soapstone box adorned with the words "Love Always," this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

Gift set includes:

  • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya.
  • One heart shaped soapstone box from Kenya. Measures 2.75"L x 2.75"W x 1.25"T.
  • $16.00

    These fantastic cotton totes are crafted from a colorful variety of printed cotton wax cloth. Each tote is completely unique, and features 12" carrying handles and string ties at top. The flat design of the totes makes them easy to roll up and have a few on hand!

    Sold singly; choose from available colors and patterns. Because these are handmade items, each will vary slightly.

    Dimensions: 16"L x 16"W (handles 12")

    Crafted from: Cotton fabric

    Made in: Senegal

    About the Artisans:

    These totes are handcrafted by Senegalese artisans using gorgeous cuts of printed wax cloth.

    $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.

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    $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.

    Care: (Remove pillow insert) Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, when needed, line dry, iron on cotton setting.

    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.

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    $365.00

    Designed to showcase flowers as if they were an ostrich's plumes, these handmade African sculptures are are welded outside of Nairobi using recycled oil drums and scrap metal. Each ostrich is crafted from the ground up and exhibits its own unique characteristics.

    The sculptures can be displayed inside or outside of the home and are one-of-a-kind. Because they are made of metal, the ostrich planters will develop a patina when exposed to the elements.

    Large measures 6 feet tall, with a planter basket that measures 21"D x 8.5"T. Smaller size measures 5 feet tall, with a planter basket that measures 15"D x 6"T. Sizes may vary slightly due to the handcrafted nature of this item.

    Extra shipping fees are required for this oversized item. Please scroll down for more information.

    About Shipping:

    Shipping for oil drum sculptures requires a pallet and starts at $200. With freight costs increasing in 2021-22, we have seen costs as high as $400-$650.

    After your purchase, we will work with a freight company to determine the exact shipping cost for the pallet to your location, from our warehouse in Oregon. We will contact you via email about the additional shipping fees.

    We can also create this shipping quote 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.

    $20.00

    Perfect for presenting gourmet cheeses, our wild olive wood fromage trays are hand carved from sustainably sourced wood by talented carvers in Kenya.

    Each tray includes a hole for hanging. Because this item is handmade from a natural material, variations in grain and coloration are to be expected.

    Size may vary slightly. For best care, hand wash and occasionally rub with olive oil.

    Dimensions: 8.5"L x 5"W x 0.25"H

    Crafted from: Wild olive wood

    Made in: Kenya

    About the Artisans:

    We work with representatives with Kamba artists 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 both for the individual and the community.

    $22.00

    A sip of this rich, fresh, and smooth whole leaf black tea transports you to the lush, jade tea gardens at the foot of Mt Kenya. Grown on small Kenyan farms where no pesticides are ever sprayed on the tea leaves, Mt. Kenya Black Tea carries strong and malty tasting notes hinting of cocoa beans and dried fruit and is highly caffeinated. Sweet and complex on its own but equally superb with a splash of milk and sugar, Mt. Kenya Black is also delicious as an iced tea!

    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.

    Each 90g tin includes a hand-carved wooden spoon and makes about 40 cups or when re-steeping, 80 cups. Steeping Instructions: 1 teaspoon of tea per cup of 205°F water for 3 mins.    

    See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

    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.

    $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 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.

    $42.00

    Songa Designs International empowers a new generation of women in Rwanda, combining traditional weaving skills with modern design to craft these tightly woven sisal baskets. Inspired by nature, each handmade item handwoven with all-natural materials and can be used for storing fruit and vegetables, serving bread or organizing toys.

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

    Dimensions:
    Small: 10"L x 10"W x 2.5"H
    Large: 12"L x 12"W x 3"H

    Crafted from: Banana fiber, sisal

    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.

    $64.00

    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.

    Measures 26"L (end to end), 10" drop, pendant is 1.75" wide, 4" long. 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.

    $36.00

    Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-carved heart soapstone box adorned with colorful hearts, this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

    Gift set includes:

  • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya.
  • One heart-shaped soapstone box from Kenya. 2.75"L x 2.75"W x 1.25"T.
  • $36.00

    These striking baskets feature a natural cream swirl design set against black raffia and are handcrafted by coiling raffia over banana stalks by Ugandan artisans. This functional art can be displayed on the wall with its raffia loop or put to use on the tabletop.

    Sold singly, available in two sizes. Because these are handcrafted items, colors and patterns may vary slightly.

    Dimensions:
    Small: 10"D x 2.5"H
    Medium: 12"D x 3"H

    Crafted from: Raffia palm, banana stalks, natural dyes

    Made in: Kenya, Uganda

    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.

    $22.00

    JusTea® Trios bring together three delicious flavors of Kenyan tea in one gorgeous gift set! The Assorted Tea Trio contains three interlocking tins filled with JusTea's award-winning Golden Green, Turmeric Ginger and Cream Earl Grey 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. 110g total. 

    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.

    See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

    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.

    $28.00

    Hand carved by talented Kenyan wood carvers, this spoon and spatula wooden salad server set showcases the grain of wild olive wood, contrasted by white cow bone handles.

    The server handles are made from highly polished and sanitized cow bone. These servers are easy to grip and use, and add rustic beauty to any dish.

    Servers measures 8"L x 2"W x 0.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. Hand wash in warm water, dry promptly and rub with oil before storage.

    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.

    $10.00

    Organic chamomile and lemongrass help cleanse your body of toxins and calm your mind of stress. JusTea 100% organic caffeine-free herbal blend aids digestion and enhances absorption of iron. Smooth and sweet with notes of honey and flower blossoms, Chamomile Dream is flavored with herbs grown and hand picked by members of a Kenyan women's cooperative.

    Sold as 12 tea bags in a tin. JusTea's Zero-Waste Pyramid Tea Bags are the most earth-friendly pyramid tea bags available, 100% plastic-free and compostable in just 3 weeks.

    Steeping Instructions: 1 tea bag at 205 degrees for 4 mins

    Meet JusTea's farmers

    Dimensions:  3"L x 3"W x 4.75"H

    Crafted from: Organic chamomile, organic lemongrass, organic licorice root

    Made in: Kenya

    See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

    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.

    $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.

    $225.00

    This beautiful sculpture depicting a mother and child in motion, is handmade in Zimbabwe by Sculptor Luke Jimu. Jimu hand-carves and textures springstone, crafting amazing sculptures.

    This sculpture is one of a kind. Measures approximately 7"L x 3"W x 10.5"T.

    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
    $58.00

    This collectible ceramic vase is handcrafted by Vuyelwa Katshwa from South African's Zizamele Ceramics using press-moulds. It features a deep blue and white pattern with woman wearing a traditional headscarf.

    Size: Width from edge to edge: 2.5"; Height from the top of women to bottom: 6.5"; Height from edge to bottom: 4". Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

    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.

    $10.00

    A sip of JusTea whole leaf black tea transports you to the lush, jade tea gardens at the foot of Mt Kenya. This rich high caffeine black tea is fresh and smooth, but packs a serious hit of flavor. Grown on small Kenyan farms where no pesticides are ever sprayed on the tea leaves, Mt. Kenya Black Tea carries strong and malty tasting notes hinting of cocoa beans and dried fruit. Sweet and complex on its own but equally superb with a splash of milk and sugar, Mt. Kenya Black is also delicious as an iced tea!

    Sold as 12 tea bags in a tin. JusTea's Zero-Waste Pyramid Tea Bags are the most earth-friendly pyramid tea bags available, 100% plastic-free and compostable in just 3 weeks.

    Steeping Instructions: 1 tea bag at 205 degrees for 3 mins

    Meet JusTea's farmers

    Dimensions:  3"L x 3"W x 4.75"H

    Crafted from: Rainforest Alliance Kenyan Black tea

    Made in: Kenya

    See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

    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.

    $10.00

    Packed with antioxidants, whole leaf peppermint and lemongrass team up in this delicious and revitalizing blend from JusTea. Cool and refreshing with notes of mint and sweet lemon, caffeine-free Peppermint Detox soothes a sore throat, while lemongrass helps with tummy troubles and iron absorption. Members of a Kenyan women's coop handpick the organic lemongrass in this blend, so your tea purchase directly benefits their employment.

    Sold as 12 tea bags in a tin. JusTea's Zero-Waste Pyramid Tea Bags are the most earth-friendly pyramid tea bags available, 100% plastic-free and compostable in just 3 weeks.

    Steeping Instructions: 1 tea bag at 205 degrees for 4 mins

    Meet JusTea's farmers

    Dimensions: 3"L x 3"W x 4.75"H

    Crafted from: Organic lemongrass, peppermint

    Made in: Kenya

    See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

    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.

    $10.00

    Did you know that all tea comes from the jade green leaves of the tea tree, except for purple tea? This unique variety yields beautiful, vibrant purple leaves! Grown organically on small Kenyan farms, JusTea purple tea leaves are naturally purple because they contain anthocyanins, the same super antioxidants found in other purple plants like blueberries and pomegranates. A cup of low-caffeine Purple Jasmine is fresh and delicate, with light, floral notes of spring jasmine and honey. The enchanting fragrance of real jasmine blossoms creates the perfect pairing of tea and flowers.

    Sold as 12 tea bags in a tin. JusTea's Zero-Waste Pyramid Tea Bags are the most earth-friendly pyramid tea bags available, 100% plastic-free and compostable in just 3 weeks.

    Steeping Instructions: 1 tea bag at 175 degrees for 2 mins

    Meet JusTea's farmers

    Dimensions:  3"L x 3"W x 4.75"H

    Crafted from: Jasmine Green Tea, Kenyan Purple Tea, Jasmine Blossoms, Cornflower Blossoms

    Made in: Kenya

    See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

    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.

    $10.00

    Did you know that all tea comes from the jade green leaves of the tea tree, except for purple tea? This unique variety yields beautiful, vibrant purple leaves! Grown organically on small Kenyan farms, JusTea purple tea leaves are naturally purple because they contain anthocyanins, the same super antioxidants found in other purple plants like blueberries and pomegranates. Similar to green tea, Purple Tea is very healthy, with little caffeine and an exquisite taste. This bright tropical infusion tastes of juicy passion fruit, sweet lemongrass, crisp apple, and a hint of hibiscus.

    Sold as 12 tea bags in a tin. JusTea's Zero-Waste Pyramid Tea Bags are the most earth-friendly pyramid tea bags available, 100% plastic-free and compostable in just 3 weeks.

    Steeping Instructions: 1 tea bag at 190 degrees for 4 mins

    Meet JusTea's farmers

    Dimensions:  3"L x 3"W x 4.75"H

    Crafted from: Organic Lemongrass, Kenyan Purple Tea, Hibiscus, Apple Pieces, Rosehips, Natural Passion Fruit Flavour.

    Made in: Kenya

    See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

    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.

    $54.00

    This simple white sisal fruit basket is dressed up with black stripes and short handles. The square bottom gives this useful basket a modern profile. 

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

    Dimensions:  10"L x 10"W x 9"H

    Crafted from: Sisal fiber, dye

    Made in: Kenya

    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!

    $54.00

    This simple black sisal fruit basket is dressed up with natural white stripes and short handles. The square bottom gives this useful basket a modern profile.

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

    Dimensions:  10"L x 10"W x 9"H

    Crafted from: Sisal fiber, dye

    Made in: Kenya

    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!

    $16.00

    Veins of gray and cream soapstone offer a beautiful crafting medium for Kenyan stone sculptors. This unique collection showcases the varying colors and textures of the stone through polished and rough-hewn elements.

    Sold singly. This item is crafted from stone, and will include variations in coloration and texture.

    Dimensions: 3"L x 3"W x 1.5"H

    Crafted from: Soapstone

    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.

    $16.00

    Veins of soft gray soapstone offer a beautiful crafting medium for Kenyan stone sculptors. This unique collection showcases the varying colors and textures of the stone through polished and rough-hewn elements.

    Sold singly. This item is crafted from stone, and will include variations in coloration and texture.

    Dimensions:  6"L x 4"W x 2.5"H

    Crafted from: Soapstone

    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.

    $12.00

    Veins of soft gray soapstone offer a beautiful crafting medium for Kenyan stone sculptors. This unique collection showcases the varying colors and textures of the stone through polished and rough-hewn elements.

    Sold singly. This item is crafted from stone, and will include variations in coloration and texture.

    Dimensions:  6"L x 4"W x 2.5"H

    Crafted from: Soapstone

    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.

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