This large blanket is handmade by artisans in Bamako, Mali who grow and weave locally grown cotton. The artisans use an updated mudcloth technique to create abstract, geometric patterns. Each blanket is hand-dyed and one-of-a-kind.
Measures approximately 46"W x 68-72"L. Patterns and colors will vary due to the handmade nature of this item. Hemmed borders at top and bottom; as typical with authentic mudcloth, the backside is unfinished. For best care, hand wash in cool water and air dry.
About the Artisans:
Mali Chic is a collaboration of 195 artisans that sells its products through a boutique in Bamako and through international exports. Artisans work from home, in their own workshops or on-site at Mali Chic, and child labor is never used. Mali Chic provides artisans with 50% advances on all orders and pay a fair price for their products.
These radiant sculptures are cast from solid bronze in Burkina Faso using the lost wax method. This sculpture features a family of four linked as they walk.
A beautiful gift, this figure is one-of-a-kind. Measures 6.25”L x 2”W x 7.25”T.
Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana weave these useful and durable baskets from sturdy elephant grass, creating bright patterns as they weave. Bolga baskets stand up to any task while remaining functional and beautiful for years. Our new oval shape makes a perfect basket for harvesting fruit, vegetables, or flowers.
Each basket is finished with a sturdy leather wrapped handle.
Photos are representative of the general colorway and design, with cinnamon and ink stripes. Because they are handmade, each basket will be unique. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]
Baskets measure approximately 16" long x 8" wide x 7" tall (to top of basket); 12" tall (to top of handle). Size may vary slightly due to the handmade nature of this product.
Skilled basket weavers in Ghana, West Africa, use twisted strands of tough elephant grass to create a useful set of baskets for the home and garden. Each all-natural basket has a set of sturdy woven handles for easy transport. The two baskets nest together when not in use.
Size: [Small] approximately 17"D x 5.5"T [Large] approximately 20"D x 6"T. Due to the handmade nature of this basket, slight variation is expected. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]
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:
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.
In the Pemba and Monze districts of Zambia's Southern Plateau, skilled Batonga women craft iconic baskets from locally harvested palm leaves and wild twigs. To update their classic designs with beautiful color, weavers tint the palm leaves with textile dye before weaving. These artfully handcrafted baskets make a great addition to any home decor.
Measures 15-16"D x 3-4"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size and color may vary slightly.
About the Artisans:
Famous for their basket weaving skills as well as their geometric designs, the Batonga women in the Pemba and Monze districts of Zambia's Southern Plateau create these baskets by first weaving palm leaves into a characteristic square to begin and then radiating outward to create dramatic patterns.
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.
At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi’s industrial district, about a dozen artisans of transform raw soapstone with non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charles's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.
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.
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.
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.