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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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$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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$120.00

These radiant sculptures are cast from solid bronze in Burkina Faso using the lost wax method. This unique representation of a reading woman includes contrasting elements of skin, leaf and gold jewelry.

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

Dimensions:  3"L x 3"W x 11"H

Crafted from: Bronze, paint

Made in: Burkina Faso

$38.00

Simplicity in shape and hue makes these beautiful handcrafted earrings a joy to wear. The naturally variegated cow horn contrasts beautifully with lustrous brass circles. Each element of this set swings freely on brass jump rings.

Sold as a set of earrings. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may vary slightly.

Dimensions:  0.75"L x 2.75"H

Crafted from: Brass

Made in: Kenya

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.

$38.00

Pale sections of variegated cow horn contrast softly with lustrous hammered brass. These stylish earrings feel composed and intentional, and pair well with a wide variety of colors.

Sold as a set of earrings. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may vary slightly.

Dimensions:  1"L x 3"H

Crafted from: Brass, cow horn

Made in: Kenya

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.

$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.

$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.

$38.00

These lustrous brass earrings with posts and clutch backs are handcrafted by Kenyan jewelry artists. The jointed elements swing as you move and catch light beautifully.

Sold as a set of earrings with posts and clutch backs. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may vary slightly.

Dimensions: 2"L x 1"W

Crafted from: Brass

Made in: Kenya

$125.00

Wolof women in the West African nation of Senegal hand-weave baskets in the traditional coil weaving method, using natural grass. Interweaving strips of plastic, salvaged from a mat factory in Dakar, the weavers create beautiful designs.

Cattails grow abundantly in rural Senegal, making this natural grass a sustainable choice. The Wolof women earn a sustainable income from basket weaving, while enriching homes around the world with modern African craftsmanship.

This hamper basket features inset handles and a flat lid.

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

Dimensions: 14"L x 14"W x 19"H

Crafted from: Typha (cattail) stalks, plastic

Made in: Senegal

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

$68.00

Using strands of natural sisal, women living in remote areas of rural Kenya earn income by crafting beautifully simple baskets that can be used for chic storage in any room of the home. Sisal is a natural fiber extracted from an agave plant, so the baskets are coveted for their durability and ability to be re-shaped.

Sold individually. Choose from Medium or Large.

Approximate measurements: Medium 14" wide x 10" tall (to top of basket), 14" tall including handles. Large 16" wide x 10" tall (to top of basket), 14" tall including handles. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some 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 baskets are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

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$39.00

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.

$68.00

Malian artisans weave dried twigs and cotton cord into a uniquely African decorative table runner. A bold strip of pattern and natural textures enliven the tabletop.

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

Dimensions: 16"W x 70"L

Crafted from: Dried twigs, cotton, dye

Made in: Mali

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.

$68.00

Kamba wood carvers in Kenya hand carve all natural wooden serving bowls from richly grained and sustainably sourced wild olive wood, a species indigenous to East Africa.

This all-natural double serving bowl is perfect for serving two small sides or condiments.

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

Dimensions:  11"L x 5.5"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Wild olive wood, cow bone

Made in: Kenya

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.

$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.

$20.00

This reusable shopper is made in Ghana from discarded water sachets. Designed to zip neatly into its base when not in use, these totes are both practical and eco-friendly. This style features a colorful patchwork of fabric forming the base, on display when the bag is folded & zipped.

Due to the handmade nature of these totes and the use of recycled materials, slight variation is expected. Fabric selection varies.

Dimensions:
Unfolded- 16.5" x 12.5" x 6"
Folded- 8.5" x 6" x 1.5"

About the Artisans:

Trashy Bags Africa is a social enterprise making up-cycled eco-friendly products from discarded drinking water sachets that litter the streets of Accra, Ghana. Started in 2007, the organization has collected and recycled over 30 million plastic sachets since then. Each month nearly 200,000 sachets are collected and brought to Trashy Bags Africa, over forty local people are employed to collect, clean and stitch the sachets into durable, eco-friendly accessories. 


    $64.00

    This versatile set of nesting baskets is handwoven using strands of hand-dyed sisal. Versatile and stylish, these baskets are perfect for mixing up storage in any space.

    Sold as a set of three nesting baskets.

    Dimensions:
    Small: 6"L x 6"W x 6"H
    Med: 8"L x 8"W x 8"H
    Large: 10"L x 10"W x 10"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 baskets are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

    $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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    $52.00

    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 2 sizes.

    Approximate measurements: Medium 12" wide x 12" tall or 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.

    $56.00

    Zimbabwean artisans transform colorful red, yellow, green and blue oil drums into this lovely set of four butterflies. Each sculpture has a hanging tab on one of its feet, and can be displayed on a flat surface or affixed to a wall.

    Sold as a set of four in the colors pictured. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, some variations may occur. Weathering is to be expected if exposed to the elements long term.

    Dimensions: 5"L x 5"W x 2.5"H

    Crafted from: Recycled metal

    Made in: Zimbabwe

    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
    $12.00

    Artisans in Kenya utilize dried gourds or calabash, to create this beautiful all natural birdhouse. Preserving the organic shape of each gourd, each birdhouse features a 2" diameter opening, and a leather hanging loop. 

    Sold individually. Each measures approximately 4"L x 4"W x 6"H. Due to the organic material, each will vary in shape.

    About the Artisans:

    Gourds, also called calabash, are a sustainable, organic vessel made from the dried shells of squash or pumpkins. In Kenya, the dried gourds were traditionally used as a bowl for food or for storing water. Today, Kenyan artisans use gourds to craft beautiful works of art.

    $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.

    $42.00

    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!

    $14.00

    The Jarida team explores a variety of recycled media in their handmade photo frames. Crafted from recycled paper and adorned with recycled aluminum butterflies in assorted colors, these unique decor accessories make sweet gifts.

    Sold singly, two sizes available. Because these are handcrafted items made from recycled materials, each will vary.

    Dimensions:
    Small:  4"L x 0.5"W x 4"H (Opening is 1.75" x 1.75"
    Large:  6.25"L x 0.5"W x 7.75"H (Opening is 4" x 5.5")

    Crafted from:  Recycled paper and aluminum

    Made in: Kenya

    About the Artisans:

    The artisans of Jarida Crafts in Kenya work hard to rise above challenging circumstances. Comprised of at-risk teens, young mothers and individuals with disabilities, the Jarida team exemplifies the power of cottage industry as a vehicle for personal betterment.

    $88.00

    Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana weave these beautiful oval picnic baskets from thick and tough natural elephant grass. A popular choice among green shoppers, errand runners and picnic planners worldwide, Bolga baskets stand up to use and abuse and remain functional and beautiful for years.

    Dimensions: 23"L x 14.5"W x 20"H

    Crafted from: Elephant grass, leather

    Made in: Ghana

    Care: Bolga baskets can be rinsed and reshaped as needed. Visit our Care & Shaping instructions to learn more.

    $88.00

    With leather-wrapped handles and spacious oval shape, you'll love this oval basket for picnics, the farmer's market, and beyond.

    Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana weave these beautiful oval picnic baskets from thick and tough natural and dyed elephant grass. A popular choice among green shoppers, errand runners and picnic planners worldwide, Bolga baskets stand up to use and abuse and remain functional and beautiful for years.

    This basket is "limited edition"; we have 2 nearly-identical baskets available.

    Dimensions: 23"L x 14.5"W x 20"H

    Crafted from: Elephant grass, leather

    Made in: Ghana

    Care: Bolga baskets can be rinsed and reshaped as needed. Visit our Care & Shaping instructions to learn more.

    $88.00

    With leather-wrapped handles and spacious oval shape, you'll love this oval basket for picnics, the farmer's market, and beyond.

    Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana weave these beautiful oval picnic baskets from thick and tough natural and dyed elephant grass. A popular choice among green shoppers, errand runners and picnic planners worldwide, Bolga baskets stand up to use and abuse and remain functional and beautiful for years.

    This basket is "limited edition"; we have 2 nearly-identical baskets available.

    Dimensions: 23"L x 14.5"W x 20"H

    Crafted from: Elephant grass, leather

    Made in: Ghana

    Care: Bolga baskets can be rinsed and reshaped as needed. Visit our Care & Shaping instructions to learn more.

    $88.00

    With leather-wrapped handles and spacious oval shape, you'll love this colorful, one of a kind basket for picnics, the farmer's market, and beyond.

    Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana weave these beautiful oval picnic baskets from thick, tough natural and dyed elephant grass. A popular choice among green shoppers, errand runners and picnic planners worldwide, Bolga baskets stand up to use and abuse and remain functional and beautiful for years.

    This basket is one of a kind; you will receive the basket shown in the photos.

    Dimensions: 23"L x 14.5"W x 20"H

    Crafted from: Elephant grass, leather

    Made in: Ghana

    Care: Bolga baskets can be rinsed and reshaped as needed. Visit our Care & Shaping instructions to learn more.

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