Join our email list & get 10% off your first order! Sign Up Now

Cart

Your cart is currently empty.

Mother's Day Gifts

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

Color

$25.00

Shopping for a gift but not sure what to choose? Give them the gift of choice with a Swahili Modern Electronic Gift Card!

Gift cards are delivered instantly by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift cards have no additional processing fees and no expiration date.

$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:

Watch Zizamele Promo Video

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.

$32.00

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

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

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.

[back_in_stock]30[/back_in_stock]

$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.

$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
$38.00

Brand new to Swahili Modern, these sleek contemporary earrings feature bleached and sanitized cow bone encased in a brass frame for a little African flair.

Measures 1.5"L. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Victor, one of our newest artisans with his workshop and foundry in Nairobi, has a group of designers who handcraft beautiful jewelry using readily available materials such as brass, cow bone, cow horn, etc.

$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.

$18.50

Lulu Delight is a combination of essential oils of myrrh and wild basil and fragrance oils of plumeria, honey suckle, and lilac, combined with Lulu Life virgin shea butter. This organic, Grade A shea butter is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa.

Most shea butter comes from West African shea trees and is sold as a hard solid. East African shea butter is silky and harder to procure, and considered a precious luxury good. Lulu Shea Butter is made from nuts that are collected, cracked, sorted, dried, ground by hand and cold-pressed (avoiding even the slightest trace of chemical contamination).

Intensely moisturizing, this shea butter is easily absorbed and is known to transform your skin over time. The butter is rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants, and can be used on the face or as an all-over body butter.

Container holds 100ml (3.3oz) and measures 2"T x 2.25"D.

About the Artisans:

Founded in 2000, Lulu Works is a non-profit trust established to provide a source of sustainable income for the women of South Sudan. Comprised of women-owned processing centers, Lulu Works ensures that the profit from the production and sale of Lulu Life products returns to these women. It also provides an incentive to protect the natural shea butter resource.

Lulu Life Shea ButterVitellaria nilotica tree grows across South Sudan in thick forests and takes 20 years to bear its first fruit. These forests are untouched by chemicals or fertilizers.

Vitellaria nilotica tree

Fragrance is provided by natural, essential oils. Lulu Love is a combination of essential oils of myrrh and wild basil and fragrance oils of plumeria, honey suckle, and lilac. See all of the scents available in our Skin Care Collection.

$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.

$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.

$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.
  • $48.00

    These eye-catching stacked copper cuff bracelets are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

    Sizes: [Narrow] 2.5"L x 2.25"W x 0.75"T. One size fits most. [Wide] 2.5"L X 2.25"W X 1.5"T. One size fits most. 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.

    $48.00

    Found only on Swahili Modern, these nature-inspired earrings are handmade in Mali. Each earring is hung on French earwire and solid sterling silver.

    In western Africa, the cowry shell has been used for centuries in the form of currency, jewelry, and religious accessories. Its simple shape and beauty make it a celebrated symbol across the continent. Due to the handmade nature of this item, some variation is expected.

    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.

    $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.

    $14.50

    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.

    $18.00

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

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

    Producer Profile:

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

    $25.00

    Handmade African spice spoons, hand carved from wild olive wood, make unique gifts for any occasion. Each spoon has a unique pattern created by the natural grain of the wood and is embellished with cow bone inlay decorated with simple lines.

    Measures 4.5"L x 2"W x 0.5"T (size varies slightly) and bone inlay pattern may vary.

    About the Artisans:

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

    [back_in_stock]30[/back_in_stock]

    $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.

    $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

    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.

    $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. The simple harvesting process harmonizes sustainably with the natural rainfall, ensuring pure quality and flavor.

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

    Size: each grinder measures 55g. Refill measures 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.

    $22.00

    [back_in_stock]30[/back_in_stock]

    JusTea® Trios bring together three delicious flavors of Kenyan tea in one gorgeous gift set! The Purple Tea Trio contains three interlocking tins filled with JusTea's award-winning Purple Jasmine, Purple Rain and Purple Chocolate 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.

    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.

    $22.00

    [back_in_stock]30[/back_in_stock]

    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.

    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.

    $22.00

    [back_in_stock]30[/back_in_stock]

    JusTea® Trios bring together three delicious flavors of Kenyan tea in one gorgeous gift set! The Herbal Tea Trio contains three interlocking tins filled with JusTea's carefully crafted Chamomile Dream, Little Berry Hibiscus, and Peppermint Detox 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.

    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.

    $24.00

    Talented women in rural Rwanda use abundant, natural banana and sisal fibers to weave useful baskets for the home. This basket features checkers of tan against a black background. 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.

    $72.00

    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.

    $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 these sculptures requires a pallet and cost starts at $200. After purchase, we will contact you via email regarding the additional shipping charges.

    Shipping from our location in Oregon to the Northeast is most expensive, while shipping to California is least expensive. Shipping includes the cost for using a lift gate. Costs can sometimes be reduced if you can provide a business address.

    Multiple sculptures can be shipped on a single pallet, typically costing the same as shipping for a single sculpture on a pallet.

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

    Once you have placed your order and agreed to the shipping cost, we will send you a Paypal invoice. The total will subtract any shipping you have already paid during the checkout process.

    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.

    $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.
  • $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.

    $88.00

    Rural Kamba women in Kenya hand weave these open top handbags from tough sisal fibers and soft wool and attach leather handles. Stylish and durable, the perfect addition to any wardrobe!

    Measures 14"T x 14"W at the base, and 20-22"W across the top. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

    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!

    $66.00

    Woven from durable elephant grass by artisans in Ghana, this beautiful tote features black pinstripes and a natural grass handle. The perfect accessory from home to market to beach and beyond.

    Can be rinsed and reshaped with cool water as needed.

    Measures 20"L x 8"W x 12"T (18"T to top of handle). Due to the handmade nature of this basket, slight variation is expected. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]

    $14.50

    JusTea's Golden Green loose leaf tea serves up warm flavors of toasted rice and coconut. This green tea is low in caffeine and packed with antioxidants. Carefully hand processed leaves are packaged in a beautiful reusable tin, paired with a hand-carved wild olive wood spoon.

    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 100g tin includes a hand-carved wooden spoon and makes about 40 cups or when re-steeping, 80 cups. Steeping Instructions: 1 teaspoon at 175°F for 3 mins (for a second cup, re-steep 6+ 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.

    $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, 2.25" 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.

    $48.00

    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 24"L (end to end), 10" drop, pendant is 1.75" wide, 1.75" 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.

    $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.

    $125.00

    This sculpture depicts a woman standing strong and tall, carved from a large piece of springstone. The piece incorporates the natural color variations of the stone, accented with textured carving and areas of raw stone to create the mama's dress and headwrap, and highly polished areas creating her face and hands.

    This sculpture is one of a kindYou will receive the piece shown in the photos. On the back of the piece near the bottom, the artist's name is hewn into the stone.

    Size: 11" T x 6" D x 7" W.

    $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.

    translation missing: en.general.search.loading