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Christmas Ornaments

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

Crafted by Burundian refugees returning home after decades in exile. Locally sourced sweetgrass is woven to create a beautiful bloom that represents 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.

Crafted from:  grass, cotton thread

Made in: Kenya

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.

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

Crafted by Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. This richly embroidered butterfly is a metaphor for transformation and rebirth, and represents the vibrant culture refugees contribute to their host communities.

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

Crafted from:  felt, thread, stuffing

Made in: Lebanon

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.

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

Crafted by Syrian refugee women living in Turkey. The Northern Bald Ibis is the national bird of Syria, representing brilliance and splendor since the times of Ancient Egypt. Critically endangered, only a few of these brave birds can still be found.

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

Crafted from:  metal wire, cotton thread

Made in: Turkey

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.

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

Crafted by Syrian refugee women living in Jordan. The camel is known for its incredible endurance and strength, essential characteristics for surviving the hardship of desert life. For centuries, the camel served as a valuable mode of travel.

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

Crafted from:  cotton thread, woven fabric, wire

Made in: Jordan

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.


Nativity Scenes

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$56.00

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu carves and polishes serpentine stone to create a beautiful, simple nativity scene. The set includes the kneeling figures of Joseph and Mary with hands folded in prayer, and baby Jesus in a small round manger.

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

Dimensions:
Baby: 1.25"W x 0.5"T
Mary: 4"H x 1.5"D x 0.75"W
Joseph: 4.5"H x 2"D x 0.75"W

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
$98.00

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu carves and polishes serpentine stone to create a serene nativity scene. The set includes the kneeling figures of Joseph and Mary with hands folded in prayer, baby Jesus in a small round manger, 3 wise men, a sheep, and a donkey.

Sold as a set of 8 pieces. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Not intended for outdoor display.

Dimensions:
Baby: 1.25"W x 0.5"T
Mary: 4"H x 1.5"D x 0.75"W
Joseph and Wise Men: 4-5"H x 2"D x 0.75"W

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
$54.00

Zimbabwean artist Luke Jimu carves and polishes springstone to create a beautifully simple nativity scene with Joseph, Mary and Jesus.

Size: [Baby] 1.75"D [Mary] 6.5"T [Joseph] 7.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. 

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
$40.00

Kenyan artisans utilize abundant banana palm leaf fiber to create unique collectibles. This sweet nativity scene is handcrafted from banana fiber, wire, corn husk, and wood. The fixed scene features Mary, Joseph, the infant Christ, angel, animal, and star sweetly enclosed with a hinged door.

Sold singly as a self-contained set. Because this is a handcrafted item, sets may vary slightly.

Dimensions: 7"T x 7"W

Crafted from: Banana fiber, wire, fabric, wood

Made in: Kenya

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.


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.

$20.00

A vibrant addition to holiday decor, this stately reindeer sculpture is crafted from recycled aluminum soda cans and assorted colorful wire. Kenyan artisans excel at carefully cutting and working the recycled metal so it can be handled safely.

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

Crafted from: Aluminum, wire

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Kenyan artisans craft these sculptures using recycled aluminum soda cans, creating fair trade, eco-friendly holiday decor.

$20.00

A vibrant addition to holiday decor, this stately reindeer sculpture is crafted from recycled aluminum soda cans and assorted colors of wire. Kenyan artisans excel at carefully cutting and working the recycled metal so it can be handled safely.

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

Crafted from: Aluminum, wire

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Kenyan artisans craft these sculptures using recycled aluminum soda cans, creating fair trade, eco-friendly holiday decor.


MADE51 Ornaments

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$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.

$38.00
Made51: Crafted by Refugees
From the UN Refugee Agency

This beautiful set of three completes your holiday decorating with each ornament handcrafted by refugee artisans across Africa. These ornaments represent hope and resiliency and are a symbol of solidarity with the refugee community.

Give a gift that tells a story this holiday season. This set includes:
The Radiant Circle: 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. Made in partnership with Womencraft.
The Blossom of Hope: Crafted by internally displaced women living in a camp in a remote area of South Sudan, this intricate glass beading represents the blossoming of hope for brighter futures for their children. Made in partnership with Roots.
The Rising Sun: Crafted by Burundian and Congolese refugees living in Rwanda, this sweetgrass basket is handwoven using a time-honoured weaving technique. The design represents the additional strength and persistence needed to rise again after being forced from home. Made in partnership with Indego Africa.

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.

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

Crafted by Karenni refugees living in Thailand, this sweet songbird ornament is created by stitching together hand-loomed weavings of fabric to give a voice to the craft of the artisans.

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

Size: 2.15" x 3" x 1.4"

Materials: Handwoven fabric, felt, thread and faux 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.

Artisans craft Charming Songbird ornaments.

Photo (c) UNHCR.

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

Crafted by refugees from East Africa, now living in Kenya. This hand-dyed ornament celebrates the revered and beloved African elephant, a creature that is in need of protection, despite being strong, intelligent and resilient.

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

Crafted from:  hand-dyed cotton, thread

Made in: Kenya

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.


Hanukkah Decor & Judaica

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$88.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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

$58.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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

$18.00

Adorned with the greeting for a peaceful sabbath, these unique matchboxes are a meaningful accessory to have on hand when lighting Shabbat candles. Crafted by artisans at a woman-owned metal casting workshop in South Africa, each match box includes a brass top plate over a sliding paperboard box.

Sold singly. Measures 4.25"L x 2"W x 1.25"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

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.

$14.00

Adorned with the greeting for a peaceful sabbath, these unique matchboxes are a meaningful accessory to have on hand when lighting Shabbat candles. Crafted by artisans at a woman-owned metal casting workshop in South Africa, each match box includes a brass top plate over a sliding paperboard box.

Sold singly. Measures 2"L x 1.5"W x 0.75"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

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.


Our Favorite Gifts

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$25.00

Shopping for a gift but not sure what to choose? Give them the gift of choice with a Swahili Modern Electronic Gift Card!

Gift cards are delivered instantly by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. You can send directly to the recipient, or have it emailed to yourself and forward it when you're ready.

Our gift cards have no additional processing fees and no expiration date.

$24.00

Talented women in rural Rwanda use abundant, natural banana and sisal fibers to weave useful baskets for the home. This basket features a cream-colored sunburst on a field of black and tan. The petite size has many uses—use your basket to hold jewelry, bedside essentials like lip balm, or keys, or use the hanging loop on the back to add it to a wall display.

Sold individually. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Made from banana fiber and sisal.

Approximate Size: 7-8" wide x 2" deep

Made in: Rwanda

About the Artisans:

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.

$64.00

These delicate, colorful hoops will be your new favorite earrings for special occasions. The handcrafted hoop earrings, in 24 karat gold plate, are adorned with gold-plated hishi beads and dainty Swarovski crystals.

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

Approximate Size: 2" hoop

Made in: Mali

$64.00

A popular choice among green shoppers, busy mothers and picnic planners worldwide, this durable shopper, with braided leather handles, is woven from thick, tough elephant grass by artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana.

Dimensions: 16"L x 8"W x 18"H

Crafted from: Elephant grass, dye, leather

Made in: Ghana


Recycled Gifts

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$225.00 $395.00

This impressively large lion sculpture is crafted from upcycled flip flops in Nairobi, Kenya. We work directly with a small co-op of artisans who collect, clean and transform colorful foam footwear into bold, modern safari art sculptures.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind; designs and colors will vary due to the recycled nature of the flip-flop foam used to make each unique sculpture. We have just 2 available at this time.

Measures approximately 25" tall x 40" long.

About the Artisans:

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

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

 

$38.00

This cute little "weiner dog" is handcrafted by artisans in Kenya using discarded flip flops that have been washed, sanitized, glued, and carved.

Size: 10"L x 2.5"W x 6"T. Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary.

These friendly pup 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

$36.00

Zimbabwean metal sculptors transform used oil drums into these vibrant patchwork fish sculptures. Each sculpture includes hanging hardware on the back, and is finished with varnish to protect against the elements.

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

Small measures 6.5”L x 2”W x 5”H.

Medium measures 9”L x 2.5”W x 6.5”H

Large measures 11”L x 2.5”W x 7”H.

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
$185.00

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]

Approximate Sizes: 

[Large] 26"L x 16"W x 18"T
[Medium] 15-18"L x 9-11"W x 10-14"T
[Small] 7"L x 4.5"H 

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

Stuffed Animals

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$25.00

Hand-knit from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton

These soft stuffed snakes are handmade from natural, organic cotton. With colorful stripes and sewn facial features, these stuffed animals are a family favorite.

Each snake is hand-knit by a Kenyan women's cooperative called Kenana Knitters. Due to the hand-crafted nature of this item, some variation is expected. Stripes will vary in color, see image for examples. Fair trade.

Size: Approximately 35"L x 3"W

About the Artisans:

"Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch"

Kenana Knitters is a knitting cooperative in Njoro, Kenya that employs a community of more than 300 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.

Kenana Knitters - women knitting on a lawn
$28.00

Hand-knit from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton

These soft stuffed kitties are handmade from natural, organic cotton. Featuring easy to grab limbs and sewn facial features, these stuffed animals are a family favorite.

Sold individually. Available in two sizes. Each kitty is hand-knit by a Kenyan women's cooperative called Kenana Knitters. Due to the hand-crafted nature of this item, some variation is expected. Fair trade.

Size: Approximately 15"T

About the Artisans:

"Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch"

Kenana Knitters is a knitting cooperative in Njoro, Kenya that employs a community of more than 300 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.

Kenana Knitters - women knitting on a lawn
$25.00

Hand-knit from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton

These soft stuffed triceratops are hand-knit from natural, organic cotton. With easy-to-grab limbs and sewn facial features, these stuffed animals are a family favorite.

Each triceratops is hand-knit by a Kenyan women's cooperative called Kenana Knitters. Due to the hand-crafted nature of this item, some variation is expected. Fair trade.

Size: Approximately 12"T

About the Artisans:

"Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch"

Kenana Knitters is a knitting cooperative in Njoro, Kenya that employs a community of more than 300 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.

Kenana Knitters - women knitting on a lawn
$28.00

Hand-knit from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton

These soft stuffed tigers are hand-knit from natural, organic cotton. Featuring a cozy scarf and sewn facial features, these stuffed animals are a family favorite.

Each tiger is hand-knit by a Kenyan women's cooperative called Kenana Knitters. Due to the hand-crafted nature of this item, some variation is expected. Fair trade.

Size: Approximately 14-15"T

About the Artisans:

"Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch"

Kenana Knitters is a knitting cooperative in Njoro, Kenya that employs a community of more than 300 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.

Kenana Knitters - women knitting on a lawn

Music & Musical Instruments for Kids

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$36.00

Handmade in Senegal, these traditional drums are carved from a single piece of hollowed wood. Goatskin is stretched taut across the top and held in place by braided nylon and cotton cord. Each drum includes a handle of braided cord.

Each rustic drum is decorated with colorful ribbon and most have painted designs, which will vary. See photos for examples.

Size: 5"D x 7.5"T.

Sold individually.

About the Artisans:

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

$24.00

Artisans in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, handcraft these unique tambourines by encasing recycled metal bottle cap zills in a lightweight balsa wood frame. A great gift for music lovers or collectors of world instruments, each tambourine sports a burned design, and is completely one-of-a-kind.

Sold singly in assorted designs. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. This is not a professional instrument.

Dimensions: 6.25"L x 5"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: balsa wood, metal

Made in: Burkina Faso

About the Artisans:

An artisan co-op of young men in Burkina Faso, West Africa, create hand-crafted instruments from gourds and recycled materials including coffee tins. Frequently the artisans are also musicians themselves, and they take great care in producing instruments of exceptional quality and beauty.

$18.00

Kalimbas, mbiras, karimbas, finger pianos...all are names for the same African percussion instrument from the Lamellophone instrument family.

These fair trade, Kenyan toy karimbas produce their resonant sound through the use of hollowed wood. Recycled metal tines with recycled-can buzzers are plucked to create vibrations. The box is decorated with wood burnings and is held with both hands when playing.


Available in three sizes.

Dimensions:
Small: 4.5"L x 3"W x 1.5"H
Medium: 7"L x 4"W x 2"H
Large: 8"L x 5.5"W x 2"H

Crafted from: Wood, scrap metal

Made in: Kenya

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.

$15.00

Kenyan artisans handcraft this fun spin drum from leather and wood, then add different hand painted designs to each side to represent day and night. Spinning the drum creates an interesting visual.

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

Dimensions:  12"L x 3.5"W x 1"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.

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