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These useful rare baskets are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets," the baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.

Nomadic baskets are sold in three useful nesting sizes and are adorned with white beads. Because these baskets are handcrafted, each will vary slightly.

Each basket is tightly knit and is designed to last a lifetime. [L] 7"D x 5"T [M] 5.5"D x 4"T [S] 4.5"D x 4"T. 

About the Artisans:

For the pastoral communities of northern Kenya, life pivots on the coming of rain and the survival of livestock. When the skies open, the landscape becomes lush and fragrant. Cattle and goats drink and forage near home and families stay together. In times of drought, warriors must travel far to find water for their herds, leaving women and children at home alone to endure dry seasons of unknown length as the streams, earth and trees dry around them.

Where they were once only allowed to own milk, Samburu women now own camels, plus they earn income by making baskets, processing meat and hides, keeping bees and refining honey. Through this shift in property control and a general increase in literacy in the region, Samburu women have become valued contributing community members.

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$12.00

These cheerful beaded reindeer will delight your Christmas spirit! Sparkling beads and silver wire blend beautifully in these handcrafted ornaments from Kenya.

Sold individually. Choose from silver, gold, red, or green. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Approximate Size: 3.5"L x 2.5"W x 6T (to top of antlers), 8"H (to top of string)

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

We met Wanduta at the Friday Market in Nairobi where his bright designs immediately caught our eye. Wanduta works almost exclusively with recycled pop cans and beads. His work, like his personality, is vibrant and joyful, and is work is 100% eco-friendly. 

$14.00

These beautiful sisal ornaments are handcrafted by talented Rwandan basket weavers. Shaped like traditional Agaseke giving baskets, each ornament features a removable lid, enabling it to be filled with small gifts or sweet notes!

Sold individually. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly.

Approximate Size: 4-5" tall and 2-3" wide, with a 3" string.

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.

$12.00

These beaded flower ornaments will delight your Christmas spirit! Sparkling beads and silver wire blend beautifully in these handcrafted ornaments from Kenya.

Sold individually. Choose from aqua, gold, red, or green. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Approximate Size: 3"L x 1"W x 3"T (to top of round), 7"T (to top of string)

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

We met Wanduta at the Friday Market in Nairobi where his bright designs immediately caught our eye. Wanduta works almost exclusively with recycled pop cans and beads. His work, like his personality, is vibrant and joyful, and is work is 100% eco-friendly. 

$22.00

With meticulous attention to detail, Kenyan artisan Wanduta showcases his beading skills with this whimsical reindeer sculpture with a red nose, blending sparkling beads and silver wire.

Measures 9.5"T x 5.5"L x 4"W but since this is a handcrafted items, size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

We met Wanduta at the Friday Market in Nairobi where his bright designs immediately caught our eye. Wanduta works almost exclusively with recycled pop cans and beads. His work, like his personality, is vibrant and joyful, and is work is 100% eco-friendly.

$34.00

These striking rare baskets are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets," the baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.

Nomadic baskets are sold in three useful nesting sizes and are dotted with red beads. Because these baskets are handcrafted, each will vary slightly.

Each basket is tightly knit and is designed to last a lifetime. Sold individually.

Approximate measurements: [L] 7"D x 5"T [M] 5.5"D x 4"T [S] 4.5"D x 4"T.

About the Artisans:

For the pastoral communities of northern Kenya, life pivots on the coming of rain and the survival of livestock. When the skies open, the landscape becomes lush and fragrant. Cattle and goats drink and forage near home and families stay together. In times of drought, warriors must travel far to find water for their herds, leaving women and children at home alone to endure dry seasons of unknown length as the streams, earth and trees dry around them.

Where they were once only allowed to own milk, Samburu women now own camels, plus they earn income by making baskets, processing meat and hides, keeping bees and refining honey. Through this shift in property control and a general increase in literacy in the region, Samburu women have become valued contributing community members.

$28.00

These striking rare baskets are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets," the baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.

Nomadic baskets are sold in three useful nesting sizes and are dotted with black beads. Because these baskets are handcrafted, each will vary slightly.

Each basket is tightly knit and is designed to last a lifetime. Sold individually.

Approximate measurements: [L] 7"D x 5"T [M] 5.5"D x 4"T [S] 4.5"D x 4"T.

About the Artisans:

For the pastoral communities of northern Kenya, life pivots on the coming of rain and the survival of livestock. When the skies open, the landscape becomes lush and fragrant. Cattle and goats drink and forage near home and families stay together. In times of drought, warriors must travel far to find water for their herds, leaving women and children at home alone to endure dry seasons of unknown length as the streams, earth and trees dry around them.

Where they were once only allowed to own milk, Samburu women now own camels, plus they earn income by making baskets, processing meat and hides, keeping bees and refining honey. Through this shift in property control and a general increase in literacy in the region, Samburu women have become valued contributing community members.

$12.00

Present a sweet gift in one of these holiday ornaments, made in Kenya, that can double as a tiny gift box or just to hang from a tree. The small beaded hut is crafted from wire and beads, and its removable lid offers a spot to hide sweets or small gifts.

Sold individually. Choose from silver, gold, red, or green. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Approximate Size: 2"L x 2"W x 3.5T (to top of hut), 8"T (to top of string)

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Using wire and beads, an artisan in Nairobi named Irene hand beads and crafts these adorable ornaments/gift boxes.

$58.00

South African artisans craft this unconventional hand beaded wire menorah in the shape of a bicycle. Adorned with colorful glass beads, this unique menorah brings extra joy to Hanukkah's commemorative candle lighting ceremonies. The wire can be manipulated to your liking, and a few drops of melted wax into each candle receiver helps hold lit candles in place.

Measures 11"L x 4"W x 8"T. Candles not included. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, African Home is an organization formed with the goal of providing employment for members of historically disadvantaged communities. Many of the craftspeople are refugees from Zimbabwe, and the organization assists with support documents for asylum seekers. Through African Home, talented craftspeople are able to gain collaborative opportunities, international exposure, and support themselves and their families.

$44.00

Stringing thousands of lustrous glass beads onto wire forms, a Kenyna artisan creates a truly unique nativity scene. The set includes Mary holding baby Jesus, Joseph, and three wise men, all in a fabric-lined banana fiber storage box.

Sold as a set. Because these are handcrafted items, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: Box: 6.75"L x 3.5"W x 3.5"H Figures: 1.75"L x 1.75"W x 4.5"H

Crafted from: Banana Fiber, fabric, beads, wire

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

We met Wanduta at the Friday Market in Nairobi where his bright designs immediately caught our eye. Wanduta works almost exclusively with recycled pop cans and beads. His work, like his personality, is vibrant and joyful, and is work is 100% eco-friendly.

 

$22.00

With meticulous attention to detail, Kenyan artisan Wanduta showcases his beading skills with these whimsical reindeer sculptures blending sparkling beads and silver wire.

Measures 9.5"T x 5.5"L x 4"W but since this is a handcrafted item, size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

We met Wanduta at the Friday Market in Nairobi where his bright designs immediately caught our eye. Wanduta works almost exclusively with recycled pop cans and beads. His work, like his personality, is vibrant and joyful, and is work is 100% eco-friendly.

$16.00

This sweet dragonfly garden stake is crafted from either red or blue glass beads and recycled metal, and can be gently pressed down into a flower bed, or a large planter.

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

Dimensions: 5"L x 4.5"W x 17.5"H

Crafted from: Recycled metal, Beads

Made in: Kenya

$18.00

Kenyan beadwork artisans create collectible folk art sculptures from recycled wire and moody black glass beads. This stylized spider makes a fun fall decoration.

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

Dimensions: 6”L x 5.75”W x 3.25”T

Crafted from: Beads, wire

Made in: Kenya

$28.00

Zimbabwean bead artisans go color-crazy when creating these fun color block beaded giraffe sculptures. Their wire frames allow you to bend the figures into whatever shape you wish.

Sold singly. Available in two sizes. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions:
Small: 5"L x 4"W x 12"H
Large: 5"L x 5"W x 21"H

Crafted from: Wire, beads

Made in: Zimbabwe

About the Artisans:

Zimbabwean bead artisans handcraft these colorful beaded giraffe sculptures.

$16.00

This sweet butterfly sculpture is crafted from recycled metal wire and glass beads in shades of aqua or pink which are sprinkled with multi-color beads as a cheery accent. 

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

Dimensions: 6.5"W x 5"L x 1.5"T

Crafted from: Recycled metal, Beads

Made in: Kenya

$8.00

Zimbabwean artisan Patmore creates uplifting folk art from wire and beads. This colorful unicorn keychain is sure to be a favorite of rainbow chasers of all ages.

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

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 4"H

Crafted from: Wire, beads

Made in: Zimbabwe and South Africa


$18.00

Kenyan beadwork artisans create collectible folk art sculptures from recycled wire and multi-color glass beads. This stylized spider makes a fun fall decoration.

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

Dimensions: 6”L x 5.75”W x 3.25”T

Crafted from: Beads, wire

Made in: Kenya

$28.00

These striking rare baskets are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets," the baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.

Nomadic baskets are sold in three useful nesting sizes and are striped with muliti-color beads. Because these baskets are handcrafted, each will vary slightly.

Each basket is tightly knit and is designed to last a lifetime. Sold individually.

Approximate measurements: [L] 7"D x 5"T [M] 5.5"D x 4"T [S] 4.5"D x 4"T.

About the Artisans:

For the pastoral communities of northern Kenya, life pivots on the coming of rain and the survival of livestock. When the skies open, the landscape becomes lush and fragrant. Cattle and goats drink and forage near home and families stay together. In times of drought, warriors must travel far to find water for their herds, leaving women and children at home alone to endure dry seasons of unknown length as the streams, earth and trees dry around them.

Where they were once only allowed to own milk, Samburu women now own camels, plus they earn income by making baskets, processing meat and hides, keeping bees and refining honey. Through this shift in property control and a general increase in literacy in the region, Samburu women have become valued contributing community members.

$28.00

These striking rare baskets are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets," the baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.

Nomadic baskets are sold in three useful nesting sizes and are dotted with muliti-color beads. Because these baskets are handcrafted, each will vary slightly.

Each basket is tightly knit and is designed to last a lifetime. Sold individually.

Approximate measurements: [L] 7"D x 5"T [M] 5.5"D x 4"T [S] 4.5"D x 4"T.

About the Artisans:

For the pastoral communities of northern Kenya, life pivots on the coming of rain and the survival of livestock. When the skies open, the landscape becomes lush and fragrant. Cattle and goats drink and forage near home and families stay together. In times of drought, warriors must travel far to find water for their herds, leaving women and children at home alone to endure dry seasons of unknown length as the streams, earth and trees dry around them.

Where they were once only allowed to own milk, Samburu women now own camels, plus they earn income by making baskets, processing meat and hides, keeping bees and refining honey. Through this shift in property control and a general increase in literacy in the region, Samburu women have become valued contributing community members.

$12.00

Kindle the spirit of the season and bring shine to your tree with these whimsical Christmas tree ornaments. Sparkling beads and silver wire blend beautifully in our handcrafted Christmas tree ornaments from Kenya.

Sold individually. Choose from silver, gold, red, or green. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Approximate Size: 2"L x 2"W x 6T (to top of tree), 12"T (to top of string)

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

We met Wanduta at the Friday Market in Nairobi where his bright designs immediately caught our eye. Wanduta works almost exclusively with recycled pop cans and beads. His work, like his personality, is vibrant and joyful, and is work is 100% eco-friendly. 

$88.00

This unusual hand beaded wire menorah presents a symbolic tree of life with birds and butterflies among its branches. Crafted by artisans in South Africa, this creative menorah adds color and shine to Hanukkah's commemorative candle lighting tradition. The wire can be manipulated to your liking, and a few drops of melted wax into each candle receiver helps hold lit candles in place.

Measures 11"L x 4"W x 11"T. Candles not included. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, African Home is an organization formed with the goal of providing employment for members of historically disadvantaged communities. Many of the craftspeople are refugees from Zimbabwe, and the organization assists with support documents for asylum seekers. Through African Home, talented craftspeople are able to gain collaborative opportunities, international exposure, and support themselves and their families.

$74.00

This fun necklace of red, white, and blue, strung with strong cord with tiny vulcanite vinyl discs interspersed with brass, bauxite and recycled powder glass, creates a vibrant statement!

Measures 22"L from end to end (8" drop.) Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

Artisans in Ghana use colorful vulcanite vinyl discs from Togo with brass, bauxite and recycled powder glass beads to create fun jewelry!

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