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Father's Day Gifts

Unique, handmade gifts for Dad! Make it a Father's Day to remember with a fair trade gift made by hand and given with love.

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$42.00

Vibrant patchwork warthog sculptures are hand-created by metal sculptors at Tonderai Metal Works, working with used oil drums.

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. Colors of sculptures will vary, depending on available oil drums.

Sold singly; three sizes available. Weathering is to be expected if the sculpture is exposed to elements over time. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary.

Dimensions:
Small: 7"L x 3"W x 6"H
Medium: 14"L x 5"W x 9.5"H
Large: 20"L x 9"W x 21"H

Crafted from: Recycled metal

Made in: Zimbabwe

About the Artisans:

Artisans at the Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe use recycled materials and discarded oil drums to create stunning works of art and feature one-of-a-kind detailing.

Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe
$65.00

This hand-dyed indigo pillow is made in Mali using natural fabric and dye.

A resist dyed pattern provides bold contrast to the deep blue background. The pillow includes a fold-over back for easy removal of pillow inserts.

Sold with included pillow insert. For best care, hand-wash in cool water and air dry. Designs may vary slightly.

Dimensions: 18"L x 18"W

Crafted from: Cotton, thread, non-toxic dye

Made in: Mali

About the Artisans:

Mali Chic is a collaboration of 195 African 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.

$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.

Dimensions:
Small: 14"L x 8.5"W x 14"H
Medium: 16"L x 9"W x 16"T
Large: 17"L x 11"W x 20"T

Crafted from: Recycled metal

Made in: Zimbabwe

About the Artisans:

Artisans at the Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe use recycled materials and discarded oil drums to create stunning works of art and feature one-of-a-kind detailing.

Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe
$68.00

These recycled metal bowls are skillfully welded from washers and other salvaged metal pieces. These unique sculptures can be used as fruit bowls, planters for plants or succulents (they are very porous so consideration should be given during planting) or alone as a beautiful display piece. These versatile vessels can be used to hold a variety of items inside the home and outdoors.

Sold singly. Two sizes available. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may vary slightly.

Dimensions:
Small: 12"W x 6"H
Large: 13.5"W x 6"H

Crafted from: Metal

Made in: Kenya

Just south of Nairobi, Tom and his team of five create their unique designs by welding nuts, washers and metal rods. Tom and his small team of craftsmen keep their designs refreshingly simple.

$58.00

This detailed sculpture from Senegal is crafted from recycled beer and soda cans, along with other recycled materials. Includes delightful details, such as moving side mirrors, working wheels, and accessories in the top rack.

A wonderful example of recycled art, this one-of-a-kind sculpture is a must-have for collectors and Land Rover enthusiasts.

Sold individually. Item you will receive will be the one pictured.

Approximate Size: 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.

$36.00

This detailed sculpture from Senegal is crafted from recycled Fanta soda cans, along with other recycled materials. 

A wonderful example of recycled art, this one-of-a-kind sculpture is a must-have for collectors and Jeep enthusiasts.

Sold individually. Item you will receive will be the one pictured.

Approximate Size: 7.5"L x 4"T x 3.5"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.

$36.00

This detailed sculpture from Senegal is crafted from recycled Heineken beer cans, along with other recycled materials. 

A wonderful example of recycled art, this one-of-a-kind sculpture is a must-have for collectors and Jeep enthusiasts.

Sold individually. Item you will receive will be the one pictured.

Approximate Size: 7.5"L x 4"T x 3.5"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.

$36.00

This detailed sculpture from Senegal is crafted from recycled Sprite soda cans, along with other recycled materials. 

A wonderful example of recycled art, this one-of-a-kind sculpture is a must-have for collectors and Jeep enthusiasts.

Sold individually. Item you will receive will be the one pictured.

Approximate Size: 7.5"L x 4"T x 3.5"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.

$24.00

Talented metal sculptors in Kenya transform scrap metal into adorable chameleon sculptures.

Sold singly. Weathering is to be expected if the sculpture is exposed to elements over time. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary.

Dimensions: 8"L x 3"W x 3"H

Crafted from: Recycled metal

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Just south of Nairobi, Tom and his team of five create their unique designs by welding nuts, washers and metal rods. Tom and his small team of craftsmen keep their designs refreshingly simple.


$16.00

Artisans in the highlands of Kenya hand carve these cute lizards from soft soapstone, that is then dressed up with a colorful hand dyed finish and etched details.

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

Dimensions: 5"L x 1.75"W x 3.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$16.00

These saxophone playing gecko sculptures are handcrafted using up-cycled aluminum cans. Because each sculpture is crafted using recycled materials, each is unique!

Sold singly in assorted colors. Because these are handcrafted items, each will vary.

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3.5"W x 9"H

Crafted from: Aluminum, wire

Made in: Zimbabwe and South Africa

About the Artisans:

Zimbabwean and South African artisans up-cycle discarded aluminum cans into these playful gecko musician sculptures.

$28.00

A smaller version of our beautiful and durable Bolga baskets, this popular basket style is handwoven from thick, tough elephant grass. Each basket features a swing handle wrapped with leather for durability and comfort. This small size is wonderful small storage, and it's perfect for children's hands.

This natural basket features a leather-wrapped handle in a rich red-brown.

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

Dimensions: 10"L x 10"W x 5"H (15" with Handle)

Crafted from: Elephant grass, leather

Made in: Ghana

Care: Rinse with cool water and reshape as needed. See our Basket Care and Reshaping page to learn more.

$180.00

A modern take on classic Senufo washing stools, this stylish piece of African accent furniture can easily serve as a side table or a stool. Hand carved from cedrela wood, each piece features a painted contoured top and natural tapered legs.

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

Dimensions:  20"L x 12.5"W x 17"H

Crafted from: Cedrela wood, stain

Made in: Ghana

About the Artisans:

Ghanaian artisan carves furniture from wood

Drawing inspiration from the many beautiful stories from Africa including the continent's artistry and culture, Tekura (a family owned business) makes a range of accent tables, contemporary stools and complementary pieces like bowls, vases, candle holders etc. reflecting true craftsmanship and the spirit of a group of local artisans.

$68.00

Talented welders and metal artisans craft these unique recycled metal cranes from salvaged metal pieces. Available in two sizes, these unique sculptures make a fun addition to the home or garden!

Sold singly. Available in two sizes. Weathering is to be expected if the sculpture is exposed to elements over time.

Dimensions:
Small:3.5"L x 8"W x 25"H
Large: 14"L x 4"W x 33"H

Crafted from: Metal

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Just south of Nairobi, Tom and his team of five create their unique designs by welding nuts, washers and metal rods. Tom and his small team of craftsmen keep their designs refreshingly simple.


$176.00

Weavers in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana are known around the world for their beautiful handiwork. These large natural baskets nest together, in two useful sizes. Each baskets features two brown leather handles.

Sold as a pair. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may vary slightly.

Dimensions:
Small: 15"L x 15"W x 13"H
Large: 17"L x 17"W x 15"H

Crafted from: Elephant grass, Leather

Made in: Ghana


$14.00

Show Dad that he's the best! Kenyan artisans hand carve our Celebration heart paperweights from soft soapstone, then add a bright dyed finish and a "#1 Dad" hand etched inscription. Kisii stone is named for the region in Kenya's Western Highlands where it is mined.

Sold singly. Because each heart is handcrafted, slight variations are normal.

Dimensions: 4.5"L x 4"W x 1"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, dye

Made in: Kenya

$48.00

Carvers in Kenya's western highlands craft this beautiful canister from soft soapstone. Artisans in a Nairobi workshop then add a rich black dyed finish and art deco inspired etched details.

Sold singly. Liner recommended if vase will be used for fresh flowers. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 7"H x 6.5"W x 6.5"D

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$125.00

Hand carved by Bwa artisans living in Ghana, these beautiful masks are inspired by elements of traditional Bwa (Bobo) ceremonial masks and art. Representing the face of a monkey and hand-painted with white, blue, golden yellow, and brick red, these iconic masks make stunning modern African wall art. Mask comes ready to display with a single hanging loop on back.

Sold singly; multiple sizes are available. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 
Small: 16"H x 13.5"W x 0.75"D
Large: 21"H x 18.5"W x 0.75"D

Crafted from: Stool wood (Alstonia boonei), paint

Made in: Ghana

$84.00

This one-of-a-kind shield is hand-carved with geometric lines, creating a unique design in the natural wood. Carved from a single piece of wood with a thick wooden handle on the back, this shield is beautiful mounted on a wall or displayed on a stand.

One of a kind; you will receive the item shown in photo.Shield measures 12" x 13" x 2" deep.

Country of Origin: Cameroon
$38.00

Ghanaian artisans weave stiff elephant grass into this classically shaped hat with braided leather string, offering great sun protection.

This accessory is great for everyone. Wash and reshape with water as needed. Hats include a braided leather strap with tassel. Due to the handmade nature of this hat, colors and patterns will vary. Each one is unique!

Sold singly. Colors and patterns will vary.

Approximate Dimensions: 11"-12"D x 5"H, 24-26" circumference

Crafted from: Elephant grass, dye, leather

Made in: Ghana

$44.00

Interweaving natural and dyed grasses to create intricate patterns, Tanzanian artisans hand-craft these stylish baskets. The baskets are named for the weaver, Maila, who perfected the new woven design.

These all-natural baskets are handwoven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania. The milulu makes durable baskets, which can be rinsed with cool water and reshaped as needed.

Sold individually; choose from 3 sizes. Approximate measurements: Small 10" wide x 10" tall; Medium 12" wide x 12" tall; Large 13" wide x 13" tall. Because this product is handmade, size and design placement will vary.

About the Artisans:

Tanzanian woman artisan, weaving Maila baskets

Vikapu Bomba embodies the vision of Catherine Shembilu to create sustainable income for talented, rural Tanzanian women. For many women living in the lush southern highlands, life centers around subsistence farming, cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. Women can weave baskets between their other duties, working daily to earn money to pay school fees, buy food, procure farming supplies and contribute to savings. When a woman has money of her own to use or share, she has greater influence over her life and future.

Milulu grass reeds can be harvested carefully from the marsh without removing the entire plant. The reeds are dried in the sun, dyed with natural dyes, and split for weaving. The closeness to the earth of both maker and product gives these beautifully crafted baskets natural appeal.

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$16.00

These serene sleeping cats are carved from soft natural soapstone. Each sculpture shows the natural coloration of soapstone and features a unique finish of textured and polished stone. A subtle addition to any room of the home, this sweet handmade decor accessory makes a wonderful gift, particularly for cat owners.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item made from natural stone, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 5"L x 3"W x 2" T

Crafted from: Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$42.00

These bright African baskets are handwoven in Senegal using natural grasses and thin strips of plastic. A favorite choice for storing toys, scarves, and craft supplies, each basket includes a fitted lid with braided handle.

Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly. Fair trade.

Dimensions: 8.5"L x 8.5"W x 8.5"H

Crafted from: Typha (cattails), plastic strips

Made in: Senegal

$14.99

JusTea® cold-pressed bergamot oil will take your Earl Grey experience beyond your normal expectations! Grown under the Mediterranean sun, organic bergamot oranges marry perfectly with the natural fruity notes of whole leaf Kenyan tea, grown pesticide-free on small Kenyan farms. Aromatic and rich, with notes of bright citrus and wildflowers, JusTea® high-caffeine Earl Grey is unlike any other you have tasted.

JusTea is dedicated to maintaining the whole tea leaf rather than the normal maceration which destroys much of the leaf’s natural complexities and depth. This allows the tea to be steeped multiple times, retaining the full flavor profile that whole leaf tea offers.

Each 90g tin includes a hand-carved wooden spoon and makes about 40 cups or when re-steeping, 80 cups. A recyclable refill pouch is now also available. Steeping Instructions: 1 teaspoon of tea per cup of 205°F water for 3 mins.

See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

The Bain family from Canada partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community in Kenya to establish JusTea®, Kenya's first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Fully staffed, managed, and owned by small-scale Kenyan tea farmers, JustTea was granted one of the first tea processing licenses to produce these artisanal, direct-from-farm teas by The Tea Board of Kenya. The tea farm is nestled in the rolling green Nandi Hills where its volcanic soil naturally produces some of the world's most flavourful tea. This small specialty factory processes a rainbow of teas: Purple, Green, Oolong and Black artisanal teas.

$39.00

Trained by generations of local cultural tradition, skilled basket-weavers in Rwanda, East Africa craft stylish, high-quality baskets inspired by nature. Tightly woven, these baskets can be used for storing fruit and vegetables, serving bread, organizing toys or just hanging on your wall to add for unique home decoration.

Size: Small 10"D x 2.5"T; Large 12"D x 3.5"T.

Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, some variation may occur.

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.

$48.00

This musician, carved from serpentine stone and combined with recycled metal, is a thoughtful gift for the musician or music enthusiast in your life.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Not intended for outdoor display.

Dimensions: 4"L x 4"W x 8"H

Crafted from: Serpentine stone, metal

Made in: Zimbabwe

About the Artisans:

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu and his team work with springstone, which is a prized dark stone that polishes to a high shine because of its density. Most springstone is sustainably sourced and is mined on communal lands for the purpose of sculpting.

Zimbabwe Sculpture Springstone
$48.00

This musician, carved from serpentine stone and combined with recycled metal, is a thoughtful gift for the musician or music enthusiast in your life.

Not intended for outdoor display. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

Dimensions: 5.5"L x 4"W x 6.5"H

Crafted from: Serpentine stone, metal

Made in: Zimbabwe

About the Artisans:

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu and his team work with springstone, which is a prized dark stone that polishes to a high shine because of its density. Most springstone is sustainably sourced and is mined on communal lands for the purpose of sculpting.

Zimbabwe Sculpture Springstone
$38.00

This musician, carved from serpentine stone and combined with recycled metal, is a thoughtful gift for the musician or music enthusiast in your life. 

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Not intended for outdoor display.

Dimensions: 5"L x 2"W x 8.5"H

Crafted from: Serpentine stone, metal

Made in: Zimbabwe

About the Artisans:

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu and his team work with springstone, which is a prized dark stone that polishes to a high shine because of its density. Most springstone is sustainably sourced and is mined on communal lands for the purpose of sculpting.

Zimbabwe Sculpture Springstone
$38.00

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu combines textured pale serpentine stone and recycled metal to portray scenes of every-day life. With legs crossed and hands folded at the heart chakra, this serene yogi sculpture celebrates the beauty of yoga.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Not intended for outdoor display.

Dimensions: 4.5"L x 4"W x 4"H

Crafted from: Serpentine stone, metal

Made in: Zimbabwe

About the Artisan:

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu works with springstone, which is a prized dark stone that polishes to a high shine because of its density. Most springstone is sustainably sourced and is mined on communal lands for the purpose of sculpting.

Zimbabwe Sculpture Springstone
$58.00

This set of two boys reading--one one his stomach and one reclining on his back--is handmade in Zimbabwe by Sculptor Luke Jimu. Zimu hand-carves and textures springstone, then combines it with recycled metal to create a serene line of people figures.

Sold as a set of two sculptures. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Not intended for outdoor display.

Dimensions: 6"L x 1.5"W x 2.75"H

Crafted from: Serpentine stone, metal

Made in: Zimbabwe

About the Artisans:

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu works with springstone, which is a prized dark stone that polishes to a high shine because of its density. Most springstone is sustainably sourced and is mined on communal lands for the purpose of sculpting.

Zimbabwe Sculpture Springstone
$10.00

These beautiful heart keepsakes are hand carved from soft Kisii soapstone by artisans in Western Kenya, then hand painted with a colorful rainbow design at a Nairobi workshop.

Measures 2.75"L x 2.75"W x 2.25"H. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$14.00

Kenyan artisans create a vibrant rendition of the African elephant in soft soapstone, dyed in brilliant hues of red, orange, yellow, green and blue.

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

Dimensions:  4"L

Crafted from:  Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$14.00

Kenyan artisans create a vibrant rendition of a giraffe in soft soapstone, dyed in brilliant hues of red, orange, yellow, green and blue.

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

Dimensions:  4"L

Crafted from:  Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$14.00

Kenyan artisans create this vibrant rhino in soft soapstone, dyed in brilliant hues of red, orange, yellow, green and blue.

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

Dimensions:  4"L

Crafted from:  Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$24.99

JusTea® Trios bring together three delicious flavors of Kenyan tea in one gorgeous gift set! The Black Tea Trio contains three interlocking tins filled with JusTea's exquisite African Chai, Kenyan Earl Grey, and Mt. Kenya Black loose-leaf teas.

Each trio tin includes a hand-carved wild olive wood spoon, information about the small-scale tea production in Kenya, and steeping instructions for each flavor. Unit Size: Each trio contains about 45 cups of loose leaf tea (15 cups per flavor). Avg. 90g

Steeping Instructions: 1 teaspoon of tea per cup of 205°F water for 3 mins.

JusTea is dedicated to maintaining the whole tea leaf rather than the normal maceration which destroys much of the leaf’s natural complexities and depth. This allows the tea to be steeped multiple times, retaining the full flavor profile that whole leaf tea offers.

See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

Tea farmer in Kenya wears a backpack basket full of tea leaves in a field of tea

The Bain family from Canada partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community in Kenya to establish JusTea®, Kenya’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Fully staffed, managed, and owned by small-scale Kenyan tea farmers, JustTea was granted one of the first tea processing licenses to produce these artisanal, direct-from-farm teas by The Tea Board of Kenya. The tea farm is nestled in the rolling green Nandi Hills where its volcanic soil naturally produces some of the world’s most flavourful tea. This small specialty factory processes a rainbow of teas: Purple, Green, Oolong and Black artisanal teas.

$16.00

This playful dinosaur is hand carved from soapstone by artisans in Kenya's Kisii Highlands. A vibrant green dyed finish brightens up the sculpture.

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

Dimensions: 5"L x 1.75"W x 3.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$24.00

Using sustainably-sourced jacaranda wood, Kenyan wood carvers craft these beautiful giraffe sculptures. A colorful coat of paint brightens each sculpture.

Sold individually. Size: [Small] 3.5"L x 2"W x 16"H; [Large] 4"L x 2.5"W x 18"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

$16.00

These gecko drummer sculptures are handcrafted using up-cycled aluminum cans. Because each sculpture is crafted using recycled materials, each is unique!

Sold singly in assorted colors. Because these are handcrafted items, each will vary.

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3.5"W x 9"H

Crafted from: Aluminum, wire

Made in: Zimbabwe and South Africa

About the Artisans:

Zimbabwean and South African artisans up-cycle discarded aluminum cans into these playful gecko musician sculptures.

$16.00

These banjo-playing gecko sculptures are handcrafted using up-cycled aluminum cans. Because each sculpture is crafted using recycled materials, each is unique!

Sold singly in assorted colors. Because these are handcrafted items, each will vary.

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3.5"W x 9"H

Crafted from: Aluminum, wire

Made in: Zimbabwe and South Africa

About the Artisans:

Zimbabwean and South African artisans up-cycle discarded aluminum cans into these playful gecko musician sculptures.

$16.00

This pensive dinosaur is hand carved from soapstone by artisans in Kenya's Kisii Highlands. Organic line designs etched into the smoky gray dyed finish add interest to the sculpture.

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

Dimensions: 5"L x 1.75"W x 3.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$14.99

A sip of this rich, fresh, and smooth whole leaf black tea transports you to the lush, jade tea gardens at the foot of Mt Kenya. Grown on small Kenyan farms where no pesticides are ever sprayed on the tea leaves, Mt. Kenya Black Tea carries strong and malty tasting notes hinting of cocoa beans and dried fruit and is highly caffeinated. Sweet and complex on its own but equally superb with a splash of milk and sugar, Mt. Kenya Black is also delicious as an iced tea!

JusTea is dedicated to maintaining the whole tea leaf rather than the normal maceration which destroys much of the leaf’s natural complexities and depth. This allows the tea to be steeped multiple times, retaining the full flavor profile that whole leaf tea offers.

Each 90g tin includes a hand-carved wooden spoon and makes about 40 cups or when re-steeping, 80 cups. A recyclable refill pouch is now also available. Steeping Instructions: 1 teaspoon of tea per cup of 205°F water for 3 mins.    

See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

Tea farmer in Kenya wears a backpack basket full of tea leaves in a field of tea

The Bain family from Canada partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community in Kenya to establish JusTea®, Kenya’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Fully staffed, managed, and owned by small-scale Kenyan tea farmers, JustTea was granted one of the first tea processing licenses to produce these artisanal, direct-from-farm teas by The Tea Board of Kenya. The tea farm is nestled in the rolling green Nandi Hills where its volcanic soil naturally produces some of the world’s most flavourful tea. This small specialty factory processes a rainbow of teas: Purple, Green, Oolong and Black artisanal teas.

$64.00

This mbira (pronounced UM-beer-ra), consisting of a hand-carved wooden base with attached staggered recycled metal tines and with a resonator to add a little buzz, is played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs. A particularly common musical instrument of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, it is also often an important instrument to be played at religious ceremonies, weddings, and other social gatherings.

A beautiful gift for world music enthusiasts!

15 Note Mbira measures 5"L x 1"W x 8"T.

23 Note Mbira measures 8"L x 1"W x 9.5"T.

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

About the Artisans:

Artisans handcraft quality musical instruments that traditionally figure strongly in Shona ceremonies, using recycled wood and metal.

$14.00

A talented Zimbabwean sculptor hand carves serpentine stone to create this rustic turtle sculpture with incised details that give each turtle a unique look for the home or garden. Because this is a handcrafted item made from naturally varying serpentine stone, each will vary.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item made from a naturally varying material, each will vary.

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 2.5"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Serpentine stone

Made in: Zimbabwe

Talented artisans carve beautiful items from serpentine stone. Found in many deposits throughout Zimbabwe, its colors vary from black to brown to green, orange and variegated. Sculptors choose deposits of rock that are hard and therefore very durable.

$18.00

Kenyans artisans collect discarded cow bones from local ranches and give them new life as beautiful accessories.

The cow bone used for these bottle openers has been boiled and polished. The patterned bone is created by using wax batik method that turns the bone to a rich brown-black hue.

Measures 5.5-6.5"L x 1.5"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size and design may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Kenyans love roasted meat, be it beef, chicken or goat, and some Kenyan nomadic societies center life around the ownership of cattle. Kenyan butchers are happy to have eager hands to take useless bones off their hands, so they sell these unexpected craft materials to artisans for a small pittance. Talented Kenyan craftspeople utilize cow bones to create bold adornments that beautifully represent the nation's appreciation for cattle.

$14.00

Kenyan artisans handcraft this fun spin drum from leather and wood, then add hand painted designs of an elephant and giraffe to each side. The design switches from side to side, so spinning the drum creates a fun visual.

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

Dimensions:  12"L x 4.5"W x 0.75"H

Crafted from:  Leather, wood, string, acrylic paint

Made in: Kenya

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.

$12.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

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

$17.00

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

Sold individually, available in two sizes. Small measures 2.5”L x 1.75”W x 6.5”H. Large measures 3.5”L x 2.5”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
$24.00

 Zimbabwean sculptors create a unique textural element for the garden in this vibrant red poppy garden stake. Crafted from discarded metal and paint, each can be easily pressed into the garden among bushes or blooms.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Please note that weathering should be expected if the sculpture is exposed to the elements over a long period of time.

Dimensions: 3.5” diameter of flower x 25” total height

Crafted from: Recycled metal, paint

Made in: Zimbabwe

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