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Mother's Day Gifts

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$25.00

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$58.00

This collectible ceramic vase is handcrafted by Vuyelwa Katshwa from South African's Zizamele Ceramics using press-moulds. It features a deep blue and white pattern with woman wearing a traditional headscarf.

Size: Width from edge to edge: 2.5"; Height from the top of women to bottom: 6.5"; Height from edge to bottom: 4". Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

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The South African Zizamele Ceramics, founded in 2008 by Toni Burton who taught ceramics skills at a local college, creates highly sought after and collectable ceramic pieces that can be found all around the world and is increasingly exporting to international stores and galleries. Members of Zizamele have their own ceramic specialty developed after Toni taught an 18-month long job creation course in craft production.

$32.00

Showcasing natural, gray soapstone, this sweet mama and baby elephant sculpture set is hand-carved and polished by Kenyan artisans. Each sculpture displays the natural grain and varied coloration of gray soapstone. Colors are predominantly gray, but this is completely natural soapstone with no dyeing. Each piece could display variation in shade, grain, veining, and even some brown and pink tones, making each piece beautifully one of a kind. Additional color swatches are shown as possible examples.

Mother measures approximately 5"L x 3.75"W x 3"T and baby measures 4"L x 3.25"W x 2.5"T. Size may vary slightly.

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.

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$145.00

This beautiful one of a kind handcrafted baby bassinet, is the ultimate ethical baby gift and stylish addition to any nursery. Handwoven from durable stalks of elephant grass, it can easily be toted wherever a busy mom needs to go. These Moses baskets are handcrafted by Ghanaian basket weavers and have leather-wrapped carry handles. It also makes a great storage basket once the baby has outgrown it.

Measures 31” x 16” x 12”. Handles are reinforced with natural leather. Only one available.

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

Mattress is not included.


MADE51 Ornaments

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

Crafted by Rohingya refugees living in Malaysia, this beautiful tassel ornament symbolizes the perseverance of the artisans through challenging times and their optimism for the future.

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

Size: 3" x 2.75"

Materials: Cotton Thread, Zari Thread, and Brass.

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.

Artisans shown crafting Dancing Tassel ornament.

Photo (c) UNHCR.


Christmas Ornaments

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$24.00

Senegalese artisans fashion these richly detailed ornaments from wire and fabric. Each figure is outfitted in a vibrant costume stitched from local wax cloth with embroidered details, and each holds a small pillow to present a beaded gift. The ornaments feature both a wire frame for standing upright and a loop for hanging on the Christmas tree.

Each ornament vary slightly due to its handmade nature; choose from three colorways. No two are exactly the same. Sold individually.

Size: approximately 6"T x 4"W

About the Artisans:

These beautiful King ornaments are made from wax cloth by a Senegalese tailor named Abdoulaye. He works with his two brothers in a popular market in the center of Dakar.

$24.00

This sweet and cuddly ornament set with a lion, an elephant, and a monkey is sure to be any child's favorite on the Christmas tree! Each ornament is full of personality and so soft, thanks to 100% organic cotton yarn. The ornaments are handknit in Kenya by a women's cooperative and feature hanging strings, ribbon detail, and sewn facial features.

Each ornament measures approximately 5.5" tall, but variation may occur due to the handmade nature of this item. Sold in a set of 3. Made from 100% organic cotton yarn with new acrylic stuffing.

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

Santa Claus is coming to town! These Santa ornaments are cuddly and soft, thanks to 100% organic cotton yarn. The ornaments are handknit in Kenya by a women's cooperative and feature hanging strings, a pom pom on Santa's hat, and sewn facial features.

Sold in a set of 2. (One to keep and one to give!)

Each ornament measures approximately 4" tall, but variation may occur due to the handmade nature of this item. Made from 100% organic cotton yarn with new acrylic stuffing.

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 women's income, sales also fund community action for education and health services. All products are local and crafted from natural, organic materials.

$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.


Holiday Decor

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$22.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

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

$22.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

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

$18.00

With meticulous attention to detail, a Kenyan artisan named Wanduta showcases his beading skills with these cute Christmas Tree sculptures blending sparkling beads and silver wire.

Size: [Small] 4"L x 4"W x 13.5"T; [Large] 5"L x 5"W x 16"T but since these are handcrafted items, size may vary slightly. Sold singly.

About the Artisans:

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

$24.00

These adorable holiday sculptures are handcrafted from jacaranda wood. Each animal wearing a bright red Santa hat, these sets make a wonderful gift or addition to holiday decor - on a tablescape or tucked into gifts under the tree, etc.

Sold in sets of Lion & Zebra or Elephant & Hippo.

Add a touch of Africa to your holiday season with these unique holiday ornaments!

Size: Around 2.5"L. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary.


Nativity Scenes

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$56.00

This African tabletop nativity scene is handcrafted in Zambia by artisan Chrispen. The scene is created from paper mache that is then colorfully painted by hand. Features 5 pieces - Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and 2 lambs.

About the Artisan:

Chrispen is a creative Zambian artist who specializes in creative village scenes in papier-mâché. He crafts the scenes from wire, then layers recycled paper to achieve the final shape of the figure, before hand-painting each sculpture vibrant colors and patterns.

$54.00

This soapstone nativity set is created by Kenyan artisans by carving a natural creamy white soft African soapstone. Available in two sizes, they include 12 figures.

Small: Figures range up to 4" tall; Large: Figures range up to 6" tall. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

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.

$38.00

Banana fiber, wire, and wood are transformed into the holy family, wise men, shepherds and animals, all tucked into a pole-style manger, making this unique nativity set.

Size: 10" L x 4.5" W x 4.5". 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.

$38.00

This African nativity scene is handcrafted in rural Kenya using banana fiber and corn husks. The set is presented in a woven banana fiber storage box, which can be presented as a barn.

The nativity scene features the holy family - Mary, Joseph and Jesus - surrounded by a lamb, three wise men offering gifts and three shepherds playing musical instruments.

Figures measure 5"H. Box measures 10.5"L x 7.5"W x 2"H. 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.


Hanukkah Decor & Judaica

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$58.00

This charming hand beaded wire menorah brings the joy of childhood to Hanukkah celebrations. Depicting nine children holding hands, this menorah adds color and shine to the commemorative candle lighting tradition. The wire can be manipulated to your liking, and a few drops of melted wax into each candle receiver helps hold lit candles in place.

Measures 12"L x 6"W x 8.5"T. Choose from menorah only (without candles), or include a box of white or colorful candles. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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

$88.00

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

Measures 11"L x 4"W x 11"T. Choose from menorah only (without candles), or include white or colorful candles. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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

$88.00

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

Measures 11"L x 4"W x 11"T. Choose from menorah only (without candles), or include a box of white or colorful candles. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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

$88.00

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

Measures 11"L x 4"W x 11"T. Choose from menorah only (without candles), or include white or colorful candles. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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


Our Favorite Gifts

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$88.00

Add storage with classic style to any room of your home with this simple white hamper basket in a slightly tapered silhouette. The basket is woven from sustainable, natural grasses and white plastic strips repurposed from a prayer mat factory in Dakar, Senegal. These fair trade baskets are made by Wolof women in remote Senegal, who earn a sustainable income through weaving.

Size: approximately 17"T x 15"W.  Each basket includes a fitted, flat lid with a braided plastic handle on top.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, some variation is expected in size and shape. Read our Statement on Handmade Variation to learn more. Fair trade.

$550.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using woven Ilala palm, which is naturally dyed to create beautifully natural tones. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted. Large baskets take more than a month to hand-weave!

Bulb-shaped zulu baskets, called ukhamba, are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When liquid is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

One of a kind. Measures 14" D x 25" T.

About the Artisans:

These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$34.00

These beautiful abstract elephant sculptures are carved by Zimbabwean sculptor Sampson Mukohwa from locally sourced serpentine. Available in two sizes, the sculptures add Shona style whether displayed together or alone.

Because this is a handcrafted item made from a naturally varying material, each will differ. Sold individually. [Small] 3"L x 1.5"W x 5.5"T [Large] 4.5"L x 2"W x 7.5"T

About the Artisans:

Stone sculptors from Zimbabwe use the beautiful naturally patterned 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.

$82.00

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.


Recycled Gifts

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$58.00

These modern African sculptures portray the incredible width of the baobab trunk and its many top branches.

Handmade in Kenya using metallic wire by the talented artisan Wanduta, each tree has malleable branches so that you can adjust the its final form.

Small measures 10"T. Large measures 19"H. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

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

$125.00

Colorful recycled oil drums are crafted into garden art sculptures designed to make you smile. Each sculpture 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 made from recycled materials, each elephant is unique. Trunk and ear positions will vary, as well as the colors in each sculpture. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]

Size: [Medium] 26"L x 16"W x 18"T; [Small] 15-18"L x 9-11"W x 10-14"T (size varies based on positioning of trunk and ears).

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

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$28.00

Woven by basket weavers in South Africa, these unique bracelets are made using telephone wire.

Each bracelet features a tightly coiled design and can be gently adjusted to fit wrists in a variety of sizes.

Measures 2.25"T x 3"D. Size may vary slightly. Fair trade.

About the Artisans:

ZenZulu is a South African craft business organized by designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Once consisting of only two master weavers, the business taught unemployed women how to bead and weave, with an emphasis on telephone wire. Today, this highly regarded organization ensures sustainable incomes for more than 350 home based craft producers in four different communities.

$110.00

Master Zulu weavers in South Africa create these intricate "izimbenge" baskets with strands of repurposed telephone wire. These visually stunning baskets represent a traditional craft updated with modern synthetic materials.

Measures 12.25" diameter x 1" tall. The baskets, hand-woven from telephone wire, a requires several days of labor to create, feature a concave center, and are dense to the touch.

Displayed on a plate holder (not included), the baskets are an attractive accent piece for any home and can also be used for for serveware. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

ZenZulu is a South African craft business organized by designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Once consisting of only two master weavers, the business taught unemployed women how to bead and weave, with an emphasis on telephone wire. Today, this highly regarded organization ensures sustainable incomes for more than 350 home based craft producers in four different communities.


Gift Baskets

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$36.00

Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-carved soapstone box adorned with the words "Love Always," this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

Gift set includes:

  • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya.
  • One heart shaped soapstone box from Kenya. Measures 2.75"L x 2.75"W x 1.25"T.
  • $36.00

    Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-carved circular soapstone box adorned with a beautiful spiral pattern, this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

    Gift set includes:

  • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya.
  • One circular soapstone box from Kenya. Measures 3"D x 1.5"T.
  • $36.00

    Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-carved heart soapstone box adorned with colorful hearts, this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

    Gift set includes:

  • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya.
  • One heart-shaped soapstone box from Kenya. 2.75"L x 2.75"W x 1.25"T.
  • $36.00

    Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-carved soapstone box adorned with a beautiful vine design, this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

    Gift set includes:

  • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya.
  • One green soapstone box from Kenya. Measures 3"L x 3"W x 1"T.

  • Stuffed Animals & Toys

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    $28.00

    These sweet 8"x 8" baskets are just the right size for children's hands to hold. Baby Bolga baskets are woven in Ghana using natural elephant grass. Just like our larger Bolga baskets, this tough fiber makes the baskets extremely durable and water-resistant. Just wet with cool water and reshape as needed, then air dry.

    Baskets will be predominantly blue and green, but designs and colors are assorted—see photos for examples. Each basket is handmade and unique. Each basket is finished a leather-wrapped handle in black and/or brown leather.

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    $28.00

    These sweet 8"x 8" baskets are just the right size for kids to carry. Baby Bolga baskets are woven in Ghana using elephant grass. Just like our larger Bolga baskets, the tough, natural fiber makes the baskets durable and water-resistant. Just wet with cool water and reshape as needed, then air dry.

    Baskets will all include pink, but designs and colors are assorted—see photos for examples of the current batch of baskets. Each basket is handmade and unique. Each basket is finished a leather-wrapped handle in black and/or brown leather.

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    $28.00

    These sweet 8"x 8" baskets are just the right size for children's hands to hold. Baby Bolga baskets are woven in Ghana using natural elephant grass. Just like our larger Bolga baskets, this tough fiber makes the baskets extremely durable and water-resistant. Just wet with cool water and reshape as needed, then air dry.

    Baskets will be natural grass with dark navy blue accents, but designs are assorted—see photos for examples. Each basket is handmade and unique. Each basket is finished a leather-wrapped handle in black and/or brown leather.

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    $24.00

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

    Small: 11" T x 4" L x 2.5" W; Large: 15" T x 5" L x 2.75" 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.


    Baby Baskets & Totes for Parents

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    $145.00

    This beautiful baby bassinet featuring vivid pink accents is handcrafted by Ghanaian basket weavers and has leather-wrapped carry handles. Woven from durable elephant grass, it can be easily toted wherever a busy parent needs to go. It also makes a great storage basket once the baby has outgrown it.

    Approximate size: 28"L x 18"W x 12"T (to top of basket), 18"T (to top of handles), though it may vary slightly due to the handcrafted nature of this basket. Handles are reinforced with leather.

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

    Mattress is not included.

    $145.00

    This beautiful baby bassinet featuring soft blue accents is handcrafted by Ghanaian basket weavers and has leather-wrapped carry handles. Woven from durable elephant grass, it can be easily toted wherever a busy parent needs to go. It also makes a great storage basket once the baby has outgrown it.

    Size: 28"L x 18"W x 12"T (to top of basket), 18"T (to top of handles), though it may vary slightly due to the handcrafted nature of this basket. Handles are reinforced with natural and turquoise leather.

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

    Mattress not included.

    $145.00

    One of a kind 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. It also makes a great storage basket once the baby has outgrown it.

    Measures 29” x 16” x 11.5”. Handles are reinforced with natural and turquoise leather. Only one available.

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

    Mattress is not included.

    $145.00

    One of a kind 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.

    Measures 28-30” x 14-17” x 12”. Handles are reinforced with leather. Limited quantities available.

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

    Mattress is not included.


    Kids' Storage

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    $62.00

    Woven from durable elephant grass by artisans in Ghana, this fresh green color block shopping tote is a perfect accessory from home to market to beach and beyond. The shopper has matching soft leather handles for added comfort.

    A popular choice for eco-conscious shopping, these indispensable totes stand the test of time, even with daily use. Can be rinsed and reshaped with cool water as needed.

    Measures 18.5" L x 11"W. Slight variations may occur due to the handmade nature of this product.

    $58.00

    This vibrantly colored set of two nesting baskets makes storage beautiful in any room of the home. Handwoven from durable elephant grass and hand-dyed a vibrant green, these baskets are stylish and made to last. 

    Size: Small, 11-13.5"D x 6-7.5"T, Large, 14-15"D x 7-8"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. 

    $20.00

    Handwoven in Senegal, these mini baskets are crafted using coils of natural grasses, woven together with up-cycled plastic strips in a rainbow of colors. Each basket includes a fitted lid and knob for easy on-and-off.

    The baskets are a great way to deliver gifts or hold small treasures. Measures 5.5"D x 6.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. 

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    $68.00

    These natural grass baskets are expertly woven by skilled weavers from the Bolgatanga region in Ghana. To create the brilliant rainbow weave, artisans dye strands of elephant grass in an array of colors before weaving. 

    The basket can be rinsed with cool water and re-shaped, as needed. Measures approximately 15"D x 15"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. 

    This basket features a grass handle (recommended for home decor use, not carrying heavy items) and may include handle reinforcements crafted from pink leather.


    Music & Musical Instruments for Kids

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    $60.00

    These African balaphons are traditionally crafted in Senegal using wooden note planks, cotton cord, and calabash gourd resonators.

    Each balaphon is an African musical instrument that is as inviting to the eye as to the hand. Mallets are included.

    Choose from 6, 8, or 12 note sizes:

    • 6 note measures approximately 10"L x 8"W x 5" T.
    • 8 Note measures approximately 13-14"L x 9"W x 6"T.
    • 12 Note measures >approximately 18"L x 10-11"W x 6"T.

    Mallets measure 10".

    About the Artisans

    Talented artisans in Senegal handcraft quality musical instruments that figure strongly in West African music. Their djembes, balaphons and koras are used locally and collected by African music enthusiasts around the world.

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    $68.00

    These xylophones are carefully calibrated musical instruments that produce an amazingly resonant sound with warm, round tones greater than that of steel xylophones.

    This West African percussion instrument includes 6 wooden notes with calabash gourd resonators of decreasing size (underneath). Traditionally crafted, this is a beautifully tuned instrument. Mallet included.

    6 Note Xylophone measures approximately 16"L x 12"W x 10"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

    About the Artisans:

    Ghanaian artisan James, handcrafts gorgeous balafons. James works from an artisan collective on the beach in Accra's Osu neighborhood. He utilizes mansonia wood and gourds to create these beautiful instruments known for their warm tones. 

    Artisan James from Ghana.

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    $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.

    $18.00

    A functional and miniature piece of art, these tiny African drums are carved from a single piece of hollowed wood. Goatskin is stretched taut across the top and held in place by pieces of braided nylon and cotton cord. Each djembe is decorated with colorful ribbon and black painted designs, and each is different! Painted motifs vary and can include abstract shapes, dots, checkerboard, and stars.

    Makes a great gift for kids! Fair trade from Senegal.

    Measures approximately 4"T x 3.5"D.

    Due to the handcrafted nature of this time, variation is expected. See photos for examples.

    About the Artisans:

    We purchase these instruments from a small co-op of Senegalese artisans in Guediawaye Artisan Village, located in Dakar.

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    Room Decor

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    $38.00

    Using sustainably-sourced jacaranda wood, Kenyan wood carvers craft this pair of giraffes with their necks crossed and heads facing opposite directions. A colorful coat of paint brightens each sculpture.

    Size: [Small] 3.5"L x 3"W x 12"T; [Tall] 3"L x 3"W x 18"T. 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
    $22.00

    These fun folk art giraffe sculptures, created by re-purposing African seed pods by Zimbabwean artisans, are hand painted a bright orange with whimsical details.

    Size: 1.5"L x 1.5"W x 6.5"T. Sizes and style may vary slightly since natural products are used.

    About the Artisans:

    Art, in its many forms, always draws both the creator and the observer together. Using readily available natural material such as pine cones and local seed pods, artisans from Zimbabwe rely on their creative spirit to handcraft these whimsical sculptures.

    $28.00

    These sweet 8"x 8" baskets are just the right size for kids to carry. Baby Bolga baskets are woven in Ghana using elephant grass. Just like our larger Bolga baskets, the tough, natural fiber makes the baskets durable and water-resistant. Just wet with cool water and reshape as needed, then air dry.

    Baskets will all include pink, but designs and colors are assorted—see photos for examples of the current batch of baskets. Each basket is handmade and unique. Each basket is finished a leather-wrapped handle in black and/or brown leather.

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    $38.00

    Perfect for a child's room or any room that needs a spot of fun, this handpainted pillow cover by Tribal Textiles features a brightly colored giraffe design. Each 100% African-sourced cotton pillow cover features a back vent closure. Wash by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent, and hang to dry.

    Pillow cover and included pillow 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.

    Tribal Textiles Zambia Video

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