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$68.00

Using strands of sisal dyed to a neutral sand tone, 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.

Dimensions:
Small: 14"D x 10"H (to top of basket), 14"H (to top of handles)
Large: 16"D x 10"H (to top of basket), 14"H (to top of handles)

Crafted from: Sisal fiber

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!

$68.00

These unique baskets are handwoven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania.

The baskets feature an open weave design gives them a beautiful lacy appearance. All-natural and un-dyed, the baskets can be rinsed with water as needed.

Sold individually; choose from 3 sizes.

Approximate measurements:
Small 8"D x 8"T.
Medium 10"D x 10"T.
Large 14"D x 12"T.

Due to the handmade nature of these baskets, sizes and designs will vary slightly.Fair trade.

About the Artisans:

Home of the Hehe people, the city of Iringa is situated 300 miles from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and stretches along a hilltop overlooking the Ruaha River to the south. Iringa is famous for its woven baskets made from local reeds. The baskets are an important source of income for the 100,000 population town and are used across Tanzania and exported worldwide.

$32.00

These delightful sculptures are carved from a single piece of wood, then hand-painted with detailed coat patterns, facial features, and hooves.

Each animal holds a book that contains a handwritten alphabet. The sculptures measure 10" tall and make wonderful gifts for teachers, readers, and young children learning their ABCs.

Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur. Fair trade from Kenya.

About the Artisans:

We work with an amazing co-op in Kenya, the Gikomba Wood Carving Cooperative, a group of woodcarvers of all ages who work in an open-air workshop in Nairobi. This environmentally-responsible group takes care to legally procure all types of African wood used in their products, and they are skilled at using all parts of the tree in their artwork.

Gikomba Wood Carving Cooperative
$18.00

Vibrant patterned ankara cotton cloth elevates small lined journals and large blank sketchbooks. Each book includes an elasticized band for keeping the pages closed, and the journal includes a ribbon for keeping place.

Journal measures 8"L x 5.25"W with 80 lined pages. Sketchbook measures 12"L x 8"W with 70 blank pages. Due to the handmade nature of this item, variation is in pattern placement expected.

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.

 

$14.00
Made51: Crafted by Refugees
From the UN Refugee Agency

Crafted by Congolese refugees living in Kenya, the skillful freehand carving technique they use is passed from one generation to the next. The Jacaranda wood is locally and sustainably sourced and takes the shape of a dove, symbolizing peace.

Each ornament is individually packaged and ready for gift-giving in a MADE51 box, complete with an artisan story card.

Size: 3" x 1" x 3/4"

Materials: Jacaranda wood with a metal loop

Note: These products are handmade and there will be slight variations in shape, size, and color.

About the Artisans:

"Refugees have skills and talents that only need a chance to grow and flourish. Within each piece lies a story of history and culture, and the chance for a person who has fled war and persecution to offer something of beauty and style to the world." - Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

MADE51 is a global initiative brought to life by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Each ornament in the MADE51 Holiday Collection tells a story about the cultural heritage of its maker. These beautiful crafts are windows into the diversity and talent of refugee artisans around the world. They fill homes with meaning, as symbols of solidarity, empowerment and hope.

Photo (c) UNHCR.

$18.00

This assortment of delicious honeys is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Featuring Hot Honey, Julbernardia Blossom Honey, and Cinnamon & Honey in easy to transport jars. This honey is harvested utilizing traditional beekeeping methods that preserve forest habitats. 

Pesticide free, organic, sustainable. Sold as a set of three. Each measures 50 g/ 1.76 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.

$185.00

Offering an artistic storage solution for the home, this durable basket is handmade in Senegal by experienced Wolof weavers using natural grasses and thin strips of plastic producing this delightful silver and white triangle pattern. The basket's domed lid allows for an impressive amount of storage. 

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

Dimensions: 16"L x 16"W x 26-28"H

Crafted from: Typha (cattail) stalks, plastic

Made in: Senegal

See our Statement on Handmade Variation to learn more.

Questions about shipping? Visit our Shipping FAQ.

$88.00

These colorful giraffes crafted from red, yellow, white, green, orange, and blue oil drums will brighten any space you choose! Each sculpture made from recycled metal is finished with varnish to protect against the elements, although weathering is to be expected if exposed over time. Because this is a handcrafted item, each one is unique; colors will vary, and size may vary by several inches.

Approximate sizes:

[Extra Small] 24" T x 8"L x 4"W
[Small] 36"T x 8"L x 4"W
[Medium] 42-46"T x 10"L X 6"W

Extra shipping fees are required for the Large and Extra Large sizes. Please scroll down for more information, and email us at info@swahilimodern.com with any questions.

About Shipping:

Shipping for large 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:

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
$28.00

This set of Zulugrass for Sweet Souls features three beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass that come packaged inside a fun Gift Round. Choose this color combination that reminds you of a specific personality - yours or for a special gift recipient.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual that buys it!

Wear all 3 strands together or 1 or 2 at a time.

$24.00

This Watamu Multi-Strand Bracelet is a soothing color combination of 16 Zulugrass strands that reflect the cool tones of one of Kenya's beautiful coastal destinations. 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.

$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 floral, 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.

$28.00

These handcrafted holders are made from sturdy metal and hand-carved, textured wood. Featuring a meaningful Adinkra symbol, the holders bring meaning and rustic style to the bathroom.

Measures 8.5"L x 2.5"W x 8"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

GYE NYAME (except for God) a symbol of the omnipotence and supremacy of God.

SANKOFA (go back and get it) a symbol of finding wisdom from the lessons of the past.

DWENNIMMEN (ram's horns) a symbol reminding us that even the strong must be humble.

About the Artisans:

Founded by Andy Koney nearly 20 years ago in his bedroom, today the Ghanian artistic collective known as Yenok employs 40 men and women who are dedicated to creating beautiful furniture and woodworking art, often with a spiritual flair. Yenok's products are recognized for their high quality and custom craftsmanship.

$28.00

Three beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass come packaged inside fun Gift Rounds. Choose a color combination that reminds you of a specific personality - yours or for a special gift recipient.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is 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. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

Wear all 3 strands together or 1 or 2 at a time.

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$68.00

These joyful bronze sculptures are cast from solid bronze in Burkina Faso using the lost wax method. Dress and scarf details are painted by hand.

Each sculpture beautifully celebrates the bond between mother and child. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each may vary slightly.

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

Crafted from: Bronze

Made in: Burkina Faso

$11.00

Through the sale of Leave a Legacy in Africa bracelets, Relate has raised more than $109,000USD to support Ikamva Labantu. Each bracelet is handcrafted in South Africa, and includes an informative display card to promote awareness for this vital South African NGO.

Ikamva Labantu aims to empower low income communities to become self-sustainable. Their programs range from supporting orphaned and vulnerable children, to HIV education, testing and support programs, as well as supporting the empowerment of women through education and communication projects. Relate's relationship with Ikamva Labantu goes far beyond donating funds to its highly deserving and effective causes. Elderly men and women in Ikamva Labantu’s local township senior clubs thread the beads for Relate bracelets. Visit the site ikamva.org.za.

Materials: Plastic beads, pewter, elastic

Available in three sizes. S/Child = 7.5", M/Adult= 8", L/Adult= 8.5".

About the Artisans:

Relate bracelets are handmade and sold to make a difference and change lives. As a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise, the majority of Relate's revenue is donated to credible causes and invested in social initiatives, with a focus on creating opportunities for all involved, at every stage of a project.

$14.00
Made51: Crafted by Refugees
From the UN Refugee Agency

Crafted by Burundian refugees returning home after decades in exile, natural grass and recycled food ration bags are transformed into radiant discs that represent new opportunities for artisans as they rebuild their lives in their home country.

Each ornament is individually packaged and ready for gift-giving in a MADE51 box, complete with an artisan story card.

Size: 3"

Materials: Grass, grain sacks and cotton thread

Note: These products are handmade and there will be slight variations in shape, size, and color.

About the Artisans:

"Refugees have skills and talents that only need a chance to grow and flourish. Within each piece lies a story of history and culture, and the chance for a person who has fled war and persecution to offer something of beauty and style to the world." - Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

MADE51 is a global initiative brought to life by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Each ornament in the MADE51 Holiday Collection tells a story about the cultural heritage of its maker. These beautiful crafts are windows into the diversity and talent of refugee artisans around the world. They fill homes with meaning, as symbols of solidarity, empowerment and hope.

A Burundian woman hand-weaves the Radiant Circle ornament. Photo by WomenCraft for MADE51.

$10.50

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Cape Treasures showcases niche farm & cottage production in stellar smoked sweet paprika. Dried and smoked where the paprika is grown by the people who grew it, smoked paprika is pure flavor enchantment for people who love smoky flavors. Smoked Seasoning pairs beautifully with tomatoes, cheese and beef, and a pinch is wonderful in pasta sauces and on pizza. This all-around seasoning is rounded out with salt, garlic, and basil.

This blend is packaged in a flip-top glass bottle. Use it by taking a pinch and crumbling it over your food to release the flavor!

Size: 1.76 oz. (50g)

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.

$124.00

This large mudcloth blanket is handmade in Mali using locally grown cotton. The cotton is woven into strips of thick canvas, stitched together, and then roll painted with traditional Malian designs.

Measures approximately 46"W x 72"L. Fair trade; due to the handmade nature of this blanket, patterns will vary. 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.

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$14.00

These adorable baby doll ornaments are handcrafted in Burkina Faso with colorful patterned cloth and wire frames. Complete with a matching headscarf and underpants, handsewn facial features and moveable arms and legs, each ornament is a charming addition to holiday decorating.

Sold individually. These ornaments come in assorted cloth patterns. Each ornament is unique and will delight you with its colorful style.

Approximate Size: 4"L x 1.25"W x 5.5"T (with legs fully extended)

Made in: Burkina Faso

About the Artisans:

Artisans in Burkina Faso craft these ornaments by hand, molding with wire frames, filling out the body, dressing with traditional African cloth, and sewing charming facial features.

$64.00

These beautiful handcrafted pillows from Le Ndomo in Mali feature 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 included pillow 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.

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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$68.00

This graceful sculpture, beautifully handcrafted in Burkina Faso by using the lost-wax method, portrays a feminine figure in vibrant blue clothing (shades of blue vary) and practicing a yoga dancer pose.

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

Dimensions: 4"L x 2.5"W x 10"H

Crafted from: Bronze, paint

Made in: Burkina Faso

$38.00

This Watamu Multi-Strand Necklace is a soothing color combination of 16 Zulugrass strands that reflect the cool tones of one of Kenya's beautiful coastal destinations. Each necklace features beautiful fallen acacia wood beads and is strung on a black satin cord that can be adjusted to lengthen or shorten the necklace's drape.

The necklace can be adjusted to a total length of 33" and has a matching Multi-Strand Bracelet. 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.

$78.00

These detailed sculptures from Senegal are crafted from recycled beer and soda cans, along with other recycled materials. Each vehicle includes delightful details, such as moving side mirrors, working wheels, and accessories in the top rack.

A wonderful example of recycled art, these unique sculptures are a must-have for collectors and Land Rover enthusiasts.

Choose from available designs in Small or Large.

Sold individually. Because this is a handcrafted item, variation is expected. For example, recycled can placement will vary on each vehicle, and the types of cans used for accessories will vary.

Approximate Sizes:

Small 8"L x 6"T x 4"W
Large 9"L x 7"T x 4.5"W.

Not recommended for use as a toy.

About the Artisans::

Senegalese artisan Boubacar excels at transforming discarded metal into wildly creative modern art. Boubacar's knack for cleverly highlighting commercial text from aluminum cans makes each of his creations a folk art masterpiece.

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$28.00

These handcrafted earrings are created using Kenyan shillings, some of which date back several decades. The coins are hollowed and topped with a turquoise bead, then strung on French earwire.

The earrings are a unique way to show your love for East Africa while also looking incredibly chic. Measures 2.5"L x 1"W. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Fair trade.

About the Artisans:

Gabriel Muragu learned the art of jewelry crafting from his father, who trained in export readiness with Alan Donovan at African Heritage. Together, the father and son team craft beautifully styled adornments from an upstairs workshop in Nairobi's central business district.

$48.00

Artisans in Kenya craft these whimsical art forms using discarded flip flops that have been washed, sanitized, carved, and glued.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Measures 11"L x 4"W x 5"T.

These animal sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops, which would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$36.00

Perfect for your favorite chef or baker, these indispensable bowls are wonderful for holding spices and ingredients while cooking. The bowls can also double for holding dips or household items. Each bowl is hand-carved from solid olive wood and rests easily in the hand.

The Kamba carvers who craft these bowls travel into the bush in groups for safety and set up a makeshift camp at the site of the felled tree. Together, the carvers sit down and rough in the basic carving for items on their respective orders. Having a variety of items to work on allows the carvers to better utilize the tree. From large items like these bowls down to small pieces like earrings, the carvers hew a collection of beautiful shapes.

Large bowl measures 4"D x 2"T. Medium bowl measures 3"D x 1.5"T. Small bowl measures 2.5"D x 1.25"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

Made from olive wood. To care for this natural serving piece, hand-wash in warm water and rub lightly with a coat of olive or food safe mineral oil to ensure years of use.

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.

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$11.00

Through the sale of Protect a Child from Malaria bracelets, Relate has raised more than $74,000USD to support Goodbye Malaria. Each bracelet is handcrafted in South Africa, and includes an informative display card to promote awareness about the fight against malaria.

Goodbye Malaria aims to eradicate malaria in Mozambique, while investing in Africa's future, creating employment and protecting, changing and saving lives. The initiative was started by African entrepreneurs who believe our generation can create innovative solutions for problems that ultimately change the way the world sees Africa. Goodbye Malaria facilitates public private partnerships, bringing together the private sector, government and the global fund while supporting and catalyzing on-the ground malaria elimination programs. Learn more at goodbyemalaria.com.

Materials: Plastic beads, pewter, elastic

Available in three sizes. S/Child = 7.5", M/Adult= 8", L/Adult= 8.5".

About the Artisans:

Relate bracelets are handmade and sold to make a difference and change lives. As a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise, the majority of Relate's revenue is donated to credible causes and invested in social initiatives, with a focus on creating opportunities for all involved, at every stage of a project.

$12.00

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.

Bulk fine salt is presented in handmade cotton drawstring bags that are crafted by a local women's cooperative. The 500g bulk bag is a perfect complement to refillable salt shaker containers. 

Size: 500g. A portion of profits from Oryx Desert Salt benefit the Khomani San and Mier communities of the Kalahari Desert.

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.

$14.00
Made51: Crafted by Refugees
From the UN Refugee Agency

Handcrafted by Malian refugees living in Burkina Faso, this star is a shining example of traditional metalworking skills and designs that are passed from one Tuareg artisan to the next.

Each ornament is individually packaged and ready for gift-giving in a MADE51 box, complete with an artisan story card.

Size: Star is 3" x 3", Tassel Length is 1.5"

Materials: Aluminum and Leather

Note: These products are handmade and there will be slight variations in shape, size, and color.

About the Artisans:

"Refugees have skills and talents that only need a chance to grow and flourish. Within each piece lies a story of history and culture, and the chance for a person who has fled war and persecution to offer something of beauty and style to the world." - Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

MADE51 is a global initiative brought to life by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Each ornament in the MADE51 Holiday Collection tells a story about the cultural heritage of its maker. These beautiful crafts are windows into the diversity and talent of refugee artisans around the world. They fill homes with meaning, as symbols of solidarity, empowerment and hope.

Shooting Star ornament is crafted in Burkina Faso by Malian refugees.

Shooting Star ornament is crafted in Burkina Faso by Malian refugees. Photo (c) UNHCR.

$48.00

These woven baskets are crafted in Senegal using local grasses and thin strips of recycled plastic. Featuring a bright red garland, this fair trade basket is a wonderful way to incorporate colorful creative storage into any space.  

Measures 13"D x 15"H. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, color and size may vary slightly. 

$68.00

Metal sculptors in Burkina Faso use a lost-wax casting method to create beautiful modern African art. This tranquil sculpture portrays a feminine figure wearing pale green clothes and practicing a yoga tree pose.

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

Dimensions: 4"L x 3.5"W x 9.25"H

Crafted from: Bronze, paint

Made in: Burkina Faso

$115.00

Handwoven in the West African nation of Senegal, this lidded basket brings incredible artisan craftsmanship and great storage into our living spaces.

Originally created with an association of more than 100 rural Wolof women and the Peace Corps in an effort to improve quality of life in Senegal, the baskets are tightly woven and will last for years to come with little to no maintenance.

Measures approximately 22"T x 17"D. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, design placement and shape will vary slightly. See our Statement on Handmade Variation to learn more.

$28.00

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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$18.50

Lulu Life is an organic, Grade A virgin shea butter that is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa. Lavender Lulu Life is scented with pure lavender essential oil

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.

Dimensions: 100ml (3.4oz) watertight plastic container.
2.25"L x 2.25"W x 2"H

Crafted from: Nilotica shea nut oil, plant essence or fragrance

Made in: South Sudan

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

Lavender fragrance is provided by natural, essential oils. See all of the scents available in our Skin Care Collection.

$24.00

These fanciful wooden salad servers are hand-carved from sustainably sourced mahogany and feature detailed zebras on the each end of each handle.

To care for these lovely serving pieces, hand-wash in warm water. Each measures 12" L x 3.25"W x 0.75"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Kenya is among Africa's leading nations for the sustainable growth and harvesting of hardwoods for the furniture, musical instruments, and handicraft. With large, carefully managed wood plantations dedicated to producing for these high-volume industries, Kenya's natural forests are now at a lowered risk of deforestation.

Kenyan woodcarvers
$14.00

Using proceeds from the sale of this Compassion Zulugrass bracelet, The Leakey Collection supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Give a gift to someone in your life who has or is going through a difficult time. Each 26" strand is packaged on a special tag--explaining how the proceeds will be allocated--and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even long as a necklace. 

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is 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. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$68.00

This indigo-hued, African mud cloth runner is handcrafted by artisans in Mali who grow, spin, and weave cotton, then dye it using a hand-painted technique.

Deep blue, black and white geometric shapes are created by hand-waxing. The table runner is backed by black cotton and measures 64"L x 10.5"W. Size may vary slightly.

Designs will vary due to the handmade nature of this product. For best care, rinse in cool water and let 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.

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$17.00

These beautiful sculptures are handcrafted in Kenya using locally sourced jacaranda wood. Available in two sizes, each zebra is carved to be perched on a ledge, features unique coloration from jacaranda's subtle wood grain and is finished with hand painted stripes.

Sold individually, available in two sizes. Small measures 2.5”L x 1.5”W x 6.5”H. Large measures 3”L x 1.75”W x 8”H. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

We work with an amazing co-op in Kenya, the Gikomba Wood Carving Cooperative, a group of woodcarvers of all ages who work in an open-air workshop in Nairobi. This environmentally-responsible group takes care to legally procure all types of African wood used in their products, and they are skilled at using all parts of the tree in their artwork.

Gikomba Wood Carving Cooperative

$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.

$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.

Dimensions: 100ml (3.4oz) watertight plastic container.
2.25"L x 2.25"W x 2"H

Crafted from: Nilotica shea nut oil, plant essence or fragrance

Made in: South Sudan

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

This set of Zulugrass offers three strands of 26" Zulugrass in fiery shades that will enliven your wardrobe, packaged inside a fun Gift Round. Choose this color combination that reminds you of a specific personality - yours or for a special gift recipient.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is 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. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

Wear all 3 strands together or 1 or 2 at a time.

$42.00

Handmade from discarded flip flops that have been hand-formed, carved, and cemented together by artisans in Kenya, this fun hippo sculpture will bring a smile to hearts.

These charming hippo sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Measures 10"L x 4"W x 5"T. Size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$38.00

These whimsical dolphin sculptures are crafted by artisans in Kenya using discarded flip flops that have been washed, sanitized, carved, and glued.

Size: [Medium] 11"L x 2.5"W x 5.5"T. Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary.

These statement sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$78.00

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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$82.00

This large lion sculpture is crafted from hundreds of flip flops that have been hand-formed, carved, and cemented together by artisans in Kenya.

These striking lion sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Measures 13"-14"L x 5"W x 9"-10"T. Size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$185.00

Designed with durability in mind, this Senegal laundry hamper has a modern look with black, white, and silver plastic strips recycled from prayer mat factories that are woven with dried cattail stalks. Fitted lid has black braided handles.

Dimensions: 16"L x 16"W x 26-28"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.

$32.00

Sized to hold a sleeve of crackers, this wooden African bowl adds natural, handmade beauty to your dining table.

Each bowl is hand-carved by Kamba people living in the bush of Eastern Kenya. The bowl's simple shape allows for the the dramatic grain of the olivewood tree to shine through.

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

Dimensions: 12"L x 3"W x 1.25"H

Crafted from: 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, wtih marked improvements being seen both for the individual and the community.

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