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$28.00

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.

These ornaments come in assorted cloth patterns. Each ornament is unique and will delight you with their African flair. Each measures 4"L x 1.25"W x 5.5"T (with legs fully extended). Sold in a set of 2.

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.

$42.00

A Zimbabwean artist named Edward Mukondo transforms recycled scrap metal into humorous wall art. Each set of three marching ants include hanging tabs for affixing to the wall.

These are the sizes of each ant you receive with this item:
[Small] 5"L x 3"W x 2"T [Medium] 6"L x 4"W x 2.5"T [Large] 7"L x 5"W x 3"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, some variations may occur.

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
$24.00

Kamba artisans in Kenya hand-carve these coffee spoons from wild olive wood, a slow-growing tree with beautifully grained wood. The handle is adorned with bleached cow bone, hand carved to resemble the antlers of savanna antelopes like the topi, gazelle and waterbuck.

This set makes a lovely, unique gift!

Size: 6.5"L x 1.5"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. Hand wash.

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 olive wood products, with marked improvements being seen for the individual, their families, the community. The olive wood tree is sacred to Kenyans and appreciated worldwide for its beautiful grain patterns and durability.

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$22.00

These jolly reindeer are carved from solid soapstone in western Kenya. Nairobi artists hand-dye the surface to a rich red.

Pair with our Soapstone Reindeers for a whimsical holiday display!

Measures 4"T x 2"W although sizes are not exact and can vary (does not include candle).

About the Artisans:

At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity bring raw soapstone to life by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

$48.00

These striking zebra sculptures have been transformed from used oil drums by talented metal sculptors in Zimbabwe, forming metal ribbons for their bodies. Each zebra is finished with varnish to protect against the elements.

The sculptures can be displayed inside or outside of the home and are one-of-a-kind. Because they are made of metal, the sculptures will develop a patina when exposed to the elements.

Size: [Small] 12"L x 3.5"W x 12"T; [Large] 16"L x 6"W x 17"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, each will vary slightly.

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
$92.00

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

$28.00

These soft African stuffed animals are crafted from natural, organic cotton and are safe for children of any age. The zebras are handknit in Kenya by a women's cooperative called Kenana Knitters and feature easy-to-grab limbs, sewn facial features, and a scarf.

Fair trade. Small is 10.5"T x 3.5"L x 3.5"W. Medium is 15"T x 5"L x 4.5"W. Large is 20"T x 8"L x 7"W. Some variation may occur due to the handmade nature of this item.

About the Artisans:

"Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch," Kenana Knitters is a knitting cooperative in Njoro, Kenya that employs a community of women in a rural farming area. In addition to supplementing the womens' income, sales also fund community action for education and health services. All products are local and crafted from natural, organic materials.

$18.00

Nurture a love of music with these fair trade, handcrafted percussion instruments from Kenya. Shaking adds the crisp sound of beads against Nile grass stalks or when tilted gently, the rain maker shakers create the sound of falling rain. Each shaker is crafted with a wooden frame and handle dressed up with simple burned geometric designs.

Small Rain Maker Shaker [Size: 9"L x 0.75"W x 6.5"T]; Large Rain Maker Shaker [ Size: 14"L x 1"W x 7"T]. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

We work with Kenyan artisans who have life-long training in the making of traditional African instruments such as hand drums and spin drums. The artisans craft each instrument from sustainably sourced wood and scraps of goat skin. After each instrument is constructed, Nairobi artists hand-paint the instruments, making each one-of-a-kind.

$150.00

These freestanding African sculptures are all welded in Kenya by metal artists using recycled oil drums and scrap metal. Each elephant is handcrafted from the ground up and is one-of-a-kind, with a unique personality. Trunk position may vary.

The sculptures can be displayed inside or outside of the home. Measures approximately 14-20" tall, 20" long and 7" wide. Size will vary slightly due to the handcrafted nature of this sculpture.

This oil drum sculpture is shipped in an oversized box and often does not require additional shipping. However, if extra shipping fees are required (for example, shipping to Alaska or Hawaii, or if you purchase multiple sculptures), we will contact you via email after purchase. Please scroll down for more information.

About Shipping:

Shipping for this sculpture requires an oversized box. After purchase, we will contact you via email regarding any additional shipping charges. This is most likely to occur if you live in Alaska or Hawaii, or if you purchase multiple large items.

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

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.

$44.00

Zimbabwean sculptor Maxwell Marufu utilizes recycled metal and decommissioned cooking pots to create these unique wart hog outdoor planters. One needs only add a potted plant to create a whimsical corner of the yard and garden.

The sculptures can be displayed inside or outside of the home and are one-of-a-kind. Because they are made of metal, the sculptures will develop a patina when exposed to the elements. Because they are crafted from scrap metal, each will vary.

Sold individually. Size: [Small] 14"L x 8.5"W x 14"T; [Medium] 16"L x 9"W x 16"T; [Large] 17"L x 11"W x 20"T. Sizes may vary slightly.

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
$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.

$28.00

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 in assorted sets of three, featuring blue, green and red giving basket ornaments. Each ornament measures approximately 4-5" tall and 2-3" wide, with a 3" string. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size and design may vary slightly.

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.

$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.

$38.00

These rustic, handcrafted wall hooks greet you with symbolism and beauty. They are made from sturdy metal and hand-carved, textured wood. Each hook offers three pegs for hanging hats, scarves, jewelry, or towels.

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

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.

$38.00

This stunning pillow cover, in soft natural colors found in Zambia, is created by artisans working with Tribal Textiles from 100% African-sourced cotton which is painted by hand and stitched. Each pillow cover features a 100% cotton vent closure and can be washed by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent.

This pillow cover has a vent closure and measures 18"x18". Sold with included 18x18" pillow insert. Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

About the Artisans:

Tribal Textiles provides sustainable employment, fair pay, training, and a pleasant working environment for more than 100 Zambian men and women.

All the work is done by hand on 100% African-sourced cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ yielding exquisite, high quality textiles. Individual designs are hand-painted, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings at the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. After baking in an industrial oven, the stunning textiles are color-fast and fully washable. The fabric is washed and dried in the Zambian sunshine, ready to be sewn into stunning pillow covers, table runners, bags, and more.

$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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$145.00

The ultimate ethical baby gift and a stylish addition to any nursery, this beautiful baby bassinet, handwoven from stalks of elephant grass, 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.

Size: 28"L x 18"W x 10"T (to top of basket), 18"T (to top of handles), although size may vary slightly due to the handcrafted nature of this basket. Basket only; no cushion included.

CAUTION: This product is suitable only for babies who cannot sit up unaided, roll over, or push up on their hands and knees. It is designed for stationary, supervised naptime use. Although very sturdy, this is not a carrying device, and babies must be carried separately from the basket when being moved. It is recommended to be placed on the floor and should not be placed on slippery surfaces.

$22.00

This colorful peacock is crafted using discarded flip flops that have been washed, sanitized, carved, and glued by Kenyan artisans.

Size: 9"L x 4"W x 7"T. Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary.

Every year, ocean tides bring thousands of flip flops from all over the world to the shores of the East African coast, creating an environmental disaster for marine and beach life. Residents and artisans make the most out of this situation by transforming the foam into safari 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

$18.00

African artisans hand-carve these classic ark ornaments from sustainably harvested jacaranda wood.

A beautiful addition to your Christmas tree, this set of two ornaments is stained to a rich brown and finished with a red ribbon for hanging.

Sold in a pair. Each ornament measures 3"L x 2"W x 2.5"T. Fair trade.

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
$27.00

Kenyan artisans hand carve naturally gray soapstone to showcase the natural grain and varied coloration of gray soapstone to craft these refined decorative bowls. They are polished to a smooth finish to add a touch of elegance in any room of the house. Although colors are predominantly gray, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a wide variation in color and grain than photos - with veining, lighter or darker gray, and even some brown and pink tonesbut each will be lovely. Additional color swatches are shown as possible examples.

Set includes: [Small] 3"D x 1"T [Medium] 4"D x 1.25"T [Large] 6"D x 1.5"T. Size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

$33.00

Soft soapstone is transformed into safari art for the home by Kenyan artisans. With a hand-dyed coat and etched details, these sculptures make a lovely gift for safari enthusiasts of all ages. This set of 3 includes a proud tawny brown lion, a black milkweed rotund hippo, and a cheerful blue milkweed rhino.

Size: [Lion] 4.5"L x 1.25"W x 2.5"; [Hippo] 5"L x 2.25"W x 2.75"T; [Rhino] 4.5"L x 2"W x 2.75"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Richard Makaya is a master of soapstone carving and works directly with artisans in the Kisii district where soapstone is mined and carved. Richard is known for his attention to detail and eye for design.

$42.00

Helping women transform their lives through entrepreneurship and education is a goal The Leakey Collection holds in high regard. Along with empowering the Maasai women who bead Zulugrass, initially this new multi-strand necklace will also benefit a young Kenyan woman, a former participant in their Girls Graduation mentoring program, as she pursues a teaching certification to continue empowering young girls through education.

This Rise Up Multi-Strand Necklace combines 16 Zulugrass strands. 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.

$28.00

Helping women transform their lives through education is a standard The Leakey Collection holds. Along with empowering the Maasai women who bead Zulugrass, this new multi-strand bracelet will also initially benefit a young Kenyan woman, a former participant in their Girls Graduation mentoring program, as she pursues a teaching certification to continue empowering young girls through education.

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. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$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

$68.00

Rather than allowing discarded flip flops to pile up and create waste, Kenyan artisans collect, clean and transform colorful foam footwear into distinctive modern rhinoceros sculptures. This unique art form has a positive impact on both the environment and the artisans.

Size: 19"L x 5.5"W x 11"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

$32.00

Artisans in Kenya use discarded flip flops to craft these porcupine sculptures. The flip flops are washed, sanitized, carved, and glued.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Small: 9"L x 3.5"W x 4"T

These animal 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

$22.00

These whimsical art sculptures are carved by artisans in Kenya using recycled flip flops.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Small: 6" T x 3"L x 2"W.

These adorable penguin 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

$35.00

Widely used in Senegal, these woven mats are both waterproof and durable.

The mats are produced in a weaving facility in Dakar using long strands of plastic. Each mat is finished with simple string tassels on either end.

The leftover pieces from the mats' production are also used to make our popular hampers, and as a result, our hampers and mingle mats complement each other quite nicely.

Mat measures 48"W x 72"L. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Sospenap is located in Dakar and is one of the largest plastic extruding and weaving factories in Africa. We have worked with Sospenap and their friendly staff since 2010, and their colorful plastics have helped us to further the production of hand-woven hampers and baskets that are crucial to the financial wellbeing of Senegalese women.

$44.00

The Mountains of the Moon in Uganda contain the most varied and vibrant mountain scenery: from tropical rainforest, through alpine valleys, to snow-capped peaks and glaciers. These lovely baskets feature patterns echoing the shape of mountains, created by Ugandan artisans using vibrantly dyed raffia coiled over banana stalks. This sustainable, colorful art will elevate your wall display—simply hang using its raffia loop. Or, find a myriad of uses for these functional baskets, from the tabletop to the garden.

Size: [Small] 10"D x 2.5"T; [Medium] 12"D x 3"T; [Large] 14"D x 3.5"T. Because these are handcrafted items, colors and patterns may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Uganda Crafts 2000 Limited, a member of the International Fair Trade Association teaches basic handcrafting skills to rural & urban women and provides income opportunities for the marginalised and disadvantaged: people with disabilities, widows, orphans, single mothers, women with minimal education, and people living with HIV. They handcraft baskets using natural raffia, some with natural dyes, wrapped over coils of banana leaf stems.

$38.00

This pillow cover, with a hand painted elephant in a deep coloration that reflects Zambia's natural richness, uses 100% African-sourced cotton with a vent closure. It can be washed by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent.

Pillow and included insert measure 18x18. Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

About the Artisans:

Tribal Textiles provides sustainable employment, fair pay, training, and a pleasant working environment for more than 100 Zambian men and women.

All the work is done by hand on 100% African-sourced cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ yielding exquisite, high quality textiles. Individual designs are hand-painted, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings at the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. After baking in an industrial oven, the stunning textiles are color-fast and fully washable. The fabric is washed and dried in the Zambian sunshine, ready to be sewn into stunning pillow covers, table runners, bags, and more.

$18.00

These colorful, mini sculptures are carved by Kenyan artisans from soft Kisii soapstone, then dyed with bright red, non-toxic dyes. Etched flowers add a whimsical touch.

Measures 1"T x 0.75"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

$38.00

Using natural pigment colors to reflect Zambia's natural richness, artisans at Tribal Textiles hand paint this zebra motif in deep tones onto 100% locally-sourced African cotton, then sew this fully washable pillow cover. Wash by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent.

This pillow cover has a vent closure and measures 18"x18". Included pillow insert also measures 18"x18". Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

About the Artisans:

Tribal Textiles provides sustainable employment, fair pay, training, and a pleasant working environment for more than 100 Zambian men and women.

All the work is done by hand on 100% African-sourced cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ yielding exquisite, high quality textiles. Individual designs are hand-painted, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings at the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. After baking in an industrial oven, the stunning textiles are color-fast and fully washable. The fabric is washed and dried in the Zambian sunshine, ready to be sewn into stunning pillow covers, table runners, bags, and more.

$48.00

This beautiful piece of art is created by Kenyan artisans who carve soft African soapstone. Available in two sizes, our nativity coves tuck the holy family, three kings, shepherds and three animals beneath a small archway. The soft contrast between natural soapstone and dyed gray stone gives the piece a lovely serenity.

Size: Small: 3.75"L x 1.25"W x 3.75"T; Large: 4.75"L x 1.75"W x 4.75"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

$22.00

Our simplified African nativity scene features the holy family, an angel, and a stable animal all hand crafted from banana fiber. The set is presented in a beautiful handcrafted banana fiber storage box which can also be utilized as part of the scene.

Measures 4" x 4" x 2." Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

In Nairobi's Banana Hill suburb, artisans utilize the fiber of banana palm trees, which grow prolifically in East Africa, to create whimsical gifts for local sale and export. Esther heads up a small group of talented individuals with a penchant for creating collectible works of folk art using this sustainable, all-natural medium.

$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!

$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.

$30.00

These handcrafted stoppers, in sets of 2 or 4, are cast from zinc and electroplated with an antique brass finish. Each heart sits atop a standard sized cork and measures 2"-2.5"H. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

The stoppers come to us from an eco-friendly, brass casting company in South Africa known for excellent quality control and a very personal touch.

About the Artisans:

Roots of Creation is a South African company known for their innovate brass and metal products. They have been in the casting business for over 20 years, during which time they have built a reputation for high-quality and original product design.

$28.00

These tropical nativities are crafted in rural Kenya using banana leaves, wood, and wire.

Banana palms thrive in East Africa's warm climate, and this nativity scene unites the Christian icon with strong elements of Africa tradition. Measures 10"T x 5"D. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Fair trade.

About the Artisans:

In Nairobi's Banana Hill suburb, artisans utilize the fiber of banana palm trees, which grow prolifically in East Africa, to create whimsical gifts for local sale and export. Esther heads up a small group of talented individuals with a penchant for creating collectible works of folk art using this sustainable, all-natural medium.

$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

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.

$24.00

This duet pairs one 7" Kenyan-made porcelain bracelet on elastic with one colorful Zulugrass strand. Wear them together as a stacked bracelet or wear each piece individually. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. Maasai artisans hand-dye the grass with colorfast, low-impact dyes. Strung on elastic interspersed with Czech glass beads, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$44.00

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.

$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.

$38.00

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African artisans carve these unique servers from a single piece of olive wood, and add "twist" to each server.

The server handles are made from highly polished and sanitized cow bone that has been etched with African line art. These servers are easy to grip and use, and add rustic beauty to any dish.

Bowl not included. Servers measure 10.5"L x 3.5"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. Hand wash.

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 olive wood products, with marked improvements being seen for the individual, their families, the community. The olive wood tree is sacred to Kenyans and appreciated worldwide for its beautiful grain patterns and durability.

$98.00

This sumptuous seated sculpture is cast in Burkina Faso using the lost wax method, which uses hand-formed wax to create shapes. The sculptures are hand-painted. Due to the handmade nature of this item, some variation is expected.

Small measures 2.5"L x 4"W x 5"T.
Large measures 3.5"L x 4"W x 7"T.

$18.00

Using soft soapstone, carvers in Kenya's western highlands craft the basic form for these useful lidded boxes. Artisans in a Nairobi workshop then add a soft blue dyed finish and etched line details.

Each measures 3"D x 1.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

$28.00

Handcrafted by artisans in Zimbabwe out of recycled metal, these delightful little bird sculptures will bring a song to your heart. Each sculpture is finished with varnish to protect against the elements but may weather slightly with long-term exposure. Handcrafted items may vary slightly.

Size: 7"L x 3"W x 3.5"T.

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
$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 Small or Large. Approximate measurements: Small 8"L x 6"T x 4"W, Large 9"L x 7"T x 4.5"W. Due to the handmade and recycled nature of this item, variation is expected. For example, logo placement will vary on each vehicle, and the types of cans used for accessories will vary.

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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