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Our fair trade, artisan made gifts will wow your whole list, for under $50.


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$38.00

Marula Oil is a fast-absorbing facial oil that has been treasured for centuries by African women for its restorative benefits. It provides long-lasting hydration and soothes redness and irritation, leaving skin glowing with a matte finish.

With its extremely high concentration of Omega 6, 9 and other antioxidants, it fights free-radicals that cause premature skin aging. The oil-rich kernels from East African are wild-harvested, hand-selected, manually cold pressed, then combined with a 1% essential oil fragrance blend, to ensure the highest quality product.

The 30 ml bottle size, with a special oil dispenser, also meets travel requirements. Included in the box is an insert outlining uses and benefits.

About the Artisans:

In 2001, a terrible drought persisted for several years and brought devastation to the pasture lands. The livelihood of the Maasai disappeared as their cattle died. The men had to drive the few remaining cattle hundreds of miles away in search for better grazing while the women looked desperately for ways to feed, clothe, and educate their children and obtain medical supplies. Philip and Katy Leakey, founders of The Leakey Collection who live among the Maasai in East Africa, wanted to provide their neighbors with work opportunities. They came up with an imaginative idea to utilize the excellent beading abilities of the Maasai women by using a readily available, sustainable resource- GRASS- as the primary element.

Soon the Leakeys discovered that for centuries, African women had revered the restorative benefits of Marula oil and decided to offer it to the world also. After the Marula fruit is collected under the wild stands of trees, the nuts are removed from the fruit by hand. The nuts are slowly sun-dried, naturally concentrating the oil prior to extraction. The hard outer shells are individually split by hand; each kernel is removed and inspected for freshness, discarding any of poor quality. The oil-rich ivory colored kernels are pressed through The Leakey Collection's unique, proprietary cold-pressing system, ensuring the highest quality product. Now, even the men have joined in the entrepreneurial opportunities.

$42.00

Handmade in Mali in collaboration with designer Phyllis Woods of Tribalinks, these polished brass earrings are a modern interpretation of the fulani earrings of the people, who wore large gold earrings as a display of wealth.

Measures 0.5"W x 2.5"L. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$38.00

Mozambican wood carvers transform scraps of fragrant, sustainably harvested sandalwood into sweet, rustic miniature keepsake hearts. These lovely little gifts help carvers utilize small pieces of wood that might otherwise be discarded and retain the rich fragrance of sandalwood.

Measures 0.25"T x 1.75"L x 1.75"W.

About the Artisans:

Mabanda is a wood carving artist from Mozambique who works and resides in a carver community. He was born into a family heritage of carving, which has helped him to become one of Mozambique's most talented woodcarving artists. Mabanda has a workshop on his home plot and frequently works with his brothers, Sergio and Santinho.

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$42.00

When the baby Bolga is too small and the classic Bolga is too big, we have something just right: the midsize Bolga basket! This basket features a classic sawtooth weave pattern, in a beautiful mix of red, pink, deep blue, and natural grass. The baskets in this edition are similar but not identical; please see photos for examples!

Measures approximately 12"D x 12"T. Due to the handmade nature of this basket, some variations in color, pattern placement, and size are expected. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]

$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.
  • $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 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.
  • $48.00

    Talented women in rural Rwanda utilize abundant banana and sisal fibers to create useful baskets for the home. Woven with an eye-catching black and white design, this all natural basket can be used for storing fruit and vegetables, serving bread, organizing toys or adorning the wall.

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

    Size: 12"D x 2"T

    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.

    $32.00

    Carved from solid stone, this sweet, stylized sculpture is crafted by a Zimbabwean stone sculptor through a process of texturing and polishing springstone. Each wide-eyed owl will be unique, as no two stones are the same; the sculptures highlight the natural coloring and veining of this valued stone.

    Small measures 3.5" tall x 3" wide x 2" deep. Large measures 5" tall x 4" wide x 3" deep. Variation is expected due to the handcrafted nature of this item.

    About the Artisans:

    Zimbabwean sculptors 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
    $44.00

    These tiny bowls, with women reaching toward each other around the edge of the bowl, represent the philosophy of Ubuntu: a complex Nguni word that means “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.” These hand thrown bowls feature female figures wearing their traditional African headscarves with their babies on their backs.

    Size: Width from edge to edge: 4"; Height from the top of women to bottom: 2.5"; Height from edge to bottom of bowl: 1". Due to the handcrafted nature of this product, each design and color will vary slightly.

    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.

    $42.00

    A Zimbabwean artist named Luke uses textured and polished springstone combined with recycled metal to create this beautiful natural stone stork sculpture. The polished stone displays unique inclusions, making each piece one-of-a-kind.

    [Size] 6"L x 2.5"W x 7"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

    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
    $44.00

    Whether used for harvesting, as a tabletop storage basket or as a wall adornment, this handcrafted piece of art represents Uganda's "moon mountains" beautifully. Featuring a vivid icy blue and cream pattern, this basket is a gorgeous addition to any space.

    Size: 16"L x 16"W x 4"H. Because these are handcrafted items, colors and patterns may vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

    Skilled weavers living in the ethereal Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda fashion this beautiful floral motif basket from millet stalks and naturally dyed raffia.

    $44.00

    Whether used for harvesting, as a tabletop storage basket or as a wall adornment, this handcrafted piece of art represents Uganda's "moon mountains" beautifully. Featuring a pattern that blossoms from the center outward, this basket is a gorgeous addition to any space.

    Size: 16"L x 16"W x 4"H. Because these are handcrafted items, colors and patterns may vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

    Skilled weavers living in the ethereal Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda fashion this beautiful floral motif basket from millet stalks and naturally dyed raffia.

    $44.00

    Whether used for harvesting, as a tabletop storage basket or as a wall adornment, this handcrafted piece of art represents Uganda's "moon mountains" beautifully. Featuring a blossom pattern in aqua, navy and orange, this basket is a gorgeous addition to any space.

    Size: 16"L x 16"W x 4"H. Because these are handcrafted items, colors and patterns may vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

    Skilled weavers living in the ethereal Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda fashion this beautiful floral motif basket from millet stalks and naturally dyed raffia.

    $44.00

    Whether used for harvesting, as a tabletop storage basket or as a wall adornment, this handcrafted piece of art represents Uganda's "moon mountains" beautifully. Featuring a striking lightning bolt pattern, this basket is a gorgeous addition to any space.

    Size: 16"L x 16"W x 4"H. Because these are handcrafted items, colors and patterns may vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

    Skilled weavers living in the ethereal Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda fashion this beautiful floral motif basket from millet stalks and naturally dyed raffia.

    $40.00

    These striking rare baskets are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets," the baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.

    Nomadic baskets are sold in three useful nesting sizes and are dotted with red beads. Because these baskets are handcrafted, each will vary slightly.

    Each basket is tightly knit and is designed to last a lifetime. Sold individually.

    Approximate measurements: [L] 7.5"D x 5"T [M] 5.5"D x 4"T [S] 4.5"D x 4"T.

    About the Artisans:

    For the pastoral communities of northern Kenya, life pivots on the coming of rain and the survival of livestock. When the skies open, the landscape becomes lush and fragrant. Cattle and goats drink and forage near home and families stay together. In times of drought, warriors must travel far to find water for their herds, leaving women and children at home alone to endure dry seasons of unknown length as the streams, earth and trees dry around them.

    Where they were once only allowed to own milk, Samburu women now own camels, plus they earn income by making baskets, processing meat and hides, keeping bees and refining honey. Through this shift in property control and a general increase in literacy in the region, Samburu women have become valued contributing community members.

    $28.00

    Unrefined and unprocessed, this 100% pure, crystal white, natural desert salt is harvested from a salt pan in the pristine Kalahari Desert. Salt water from an ancient underground brine lake is drawn into the salt pan and sun-dried, suffusing the salt with essential minerals and trace elements that have been balanced within the earth over millions of years. A perfect partner to desert salt, Oryx pepper is sourced from small independent co-operative farmers in Madagascar, where the berries are hand-harvested and sorted. 

    This gift set of four features miniature Oryx Desert salt and pepper grinders, and miniature coarse and fine salt refills. Oryx Desert Salt's recyclable glass bottles include durable ceramic grinder heads, so each bottle can be replenished repeatedly with economical refill boxes.

    Size: salt grinder measures 55g, pepper grinder measures 25g. Refills measure 175g. A portion of profits from Oryx Desert Salt benefit the Khomani San and Mier communities of the Kalahari Desert.

    Producer Profile:

    Kalahari desert salt pan, the source of Oryx salt

    During a life-changing 75-mile walk through the Namib desert, founder Samantha Skyring had extraordinary face-to-face encounters with Oryx Gazelles. After researching the Oryx, Samantha found that licking salt is crucial to their survival in the harsh conditions of the Kalahari desert. This experience inspired both the creation and branding of Oryx Desert Salt.

    $38.00

    Hand-carved by Kamba artisans in Kenya, this set of three stylish and practical spoons are a great addition to any kitchen.

    The spoons are carved from a single piece of sustainably sourced olive wood and will last for decades with simple care.

    Large: 8"L x 2.5"W x 0.5"T Medium: 7"L x 2.25"W x 0.5"T Small: 6"L x 2"W x 0.25"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. 

    About the Artisans:

    We work with representatives of Kamba artists in Kenya to obtain these hand-carved works of beauty derived from the olive wood tree. The artisans benefit greatly from the sale of olive wood products, with marked improvements being seen for the individual, their families, the community. The olive wood tree is sacred to Kenyans and appreciated worldwide for its beautiful grain patterns and durability.

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    $38.00

    This colorful apron is crafted from hand stamped batik-dyed cotton, and features a useful front pocket in a contrasting abstract print. Ties for the waist and neck allow each apron to be adjusted for comfort.

    One size fits most. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

    About the Artisans:

    Georgina runs a unique small workshop in Accra, Ghana. Under the moniker NYOS (Not Your Ordinary Stuff), Georgina's small team showcases African wax cloth and their own handmade batik fabrics in gifts and accessories loved around the world.

    $48.00

    These eye-catching stacked copper cuff bracelets are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

    Sizes: [Narrow] 2.5"L x 2.25"W x 0.75"T. One size fits most. [Wide] 2.5"L X 2.25"W X 1.5"T. One size fits most. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

    F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

    $48.00

    Six beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass to wear all together or in any grouping of 1 or more to make a wide variety of color combinations in natural color tones. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. To wear as a bracelet, just wrap each strand around your wrist 3-4 times.

    Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

    $48.00

    Young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) use copper recycled from used water heaters or wire and defy gender norms as they become metalsmiths for jewelry-making. This F.R.E.E. Woman necklace features 2 layers of copper hearts hung from a leather cord with a hook clasp.

    Measures [Heart Pendant] 2.25"L x 2"W; [Full Necklace] 14"L. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

    F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

    $48.00

    This versatile set of nesting baskets is handwoven using strands of natural and hand-dyed sisal. Versatile and stylish, these baskets are perfect for mixing up storage in any space.

    Size: [Small] 6"D x 6"T [Large] 8"D x 8"T. Sold as a set of two. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

    About the Artisans:

    In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these baskets are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

    $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

    $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
    $38.00

    Using sustainably-sourced jacaranda wood, Kenyan wood carvers craft this pair of giraffes with their necks crossed and heads facing opposite directions, then paint them a bright pink.

    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
    $34.00

    Perfect for small storage, these modern African baskets are woven using natural grasses and thin strips of plastic. Each basket features blossom-shaped accents and includes a fitted lid with braided pull handle.

    The sale of the baskets helps support a network of rural Senegalese craftswomen and their families.

    Measures 9"T x 9.5"D; size may vary slightly. Fair trade.

    $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-woven sisal giving basket ornament with a fitted lid, this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

    Gift set includes:

    • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya. 
    • One pink giving basket ornament from Rwanda. Measures  4-5" tall, 2-3" wide, with a 3" string.
    $44.00

    Coiling vibrantly dyed raffia over banana stalks, Ugandan artisans craft these beautiful, nature-inspired baskets. These baskets are functional art that can be displayed on the wall with its raffia loop, or put to use on the tabletop, the garden, and more.

    Size: 12"D x 3"T. Because these are handcrafted items, colors and patterns may vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

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

    $38.00

    This pillow features a handpainted elephant on a light blue crackle background. Each 100% African-sourced cotton pillow cover includes 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

    $38.00

    Pairing lustrous brass with rustic cow horn, Kenyan jewelry artists create this gorgeous set of earrings. Smooth and hammered brass halos dangle from a cow horn ring, creating motion between the contrasting textures.

    Earrings measure 2.25"L. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

    Talented Kenyan artisans take advantage of the natural and recycled materials available to them, including cow bone and horn, to craft amazing jewelry. Bone is sanitized and carved into gorgeous shapes.

    $44.00

    Treat someone special (or yourself!) with this Skin Care Gift Set.

    This special set is filled with fair trade goods to pamper:

    • Zambia Organic Soaps are made from all-natural ingredients, including high quality essential oils, plant extracts, leaves, and blossoms. Choose from these delightful scents: Lavender, Spearmint, Sweet Basil, Cassia, or Lemongrass.
    • 3-pack of Zambeezi Balms are made with organically grown, fair trade beeswax, mongongo, and essential oils to leave lips feeling soothed, pampered and protected. These tart, tangy balms come in a pack with three scents included: tangerine, lemongrass and suncare.
    • Shea Butter, by Lulu Life, is an organic, Grade A virgin shea butter. Lulu Life Shea Butter is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa. Choose from a variety of lovely scents, including:
      • Lavender
      • Mayan Gold (an earthy, citrus blend)
      • Lulu Love (a floral blend)
      • Vanilla Bean
      • Lulu Delight (a blend of myrrh, wild basil, and florals)
      • or Pure Lulu Unscented.

    These delightful, handmade products are all tucked inside a small blue and natural woven basket, handwoven in Ghana, in varying patterns. Measuring approximately 5" across at the top and 3" tall, the tiny basket is meant to be kept and reused.

    $34.00

    These natural grass baskets are tightly woven by expert weavers in Ghana. A smaller version of our classic kettle basket, this basket features a pear-shaped bottom and an all-grass swing handle. 

    Woven from sustainable and durable elephant grass, these indispensable baskets stand the test of time, even with daily use. The basket can also be rinsed with water and re-shaped, as needed.

    Measures 8"D x 6"T (9" to top of handle). Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly. 

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    $48.00

    Zimbabwean sculptors utilize repurposed metal and discarded teapots to create these unique rooster planters. These roosters feature white wings and brown bodies, with red accents. A beautiful, fair trade way to mix up your garden decor!

    Limited edition, only a few available. Measures approximately 14" T, 15-17" L, and 9-10" W. The teapot opening is approximately 4.5" W, and planter is 6.5" deep. All feature a back handle on the teapot. These planters are handcrafted and made using up-cycled materials, and will vary.

    Please note: recycled metal may feature some sharp edges, and is not suitable for children. Due to the fact that teapots are recycled, there may be small holes and signs of wear, ensuring that each truly is one-of-a-kind!

    About the Artisans:

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

    Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe
    $28.00

    Nairobi artisans complement the organic shapes of dried gourds, which grow prolifically in Africa, with a beautiful dip-dyed finish.

    Because gourds are an organic item, each shape is completely one-of-a-kind, and gourds may feature small blemishes. See images for reference, sets will vary.

    Sold in sets of three or four. Sets of four include one of each color gourd. Sets of three include three of the same color. Size: approximately 3.5" - 4.5"D x 4.5" - 6"T.

    About the Artisans:

    At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicities transform raw materials into art under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charles' exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

    $42.00

    Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana weave these useful and durable baskets from sturdy elephant grass, creating bright patterns as they weave. Bolga baskets stand up to any task while remaining functional and beautiful for years. This oval shape makes a perfect basket for harvesting fruit, vegetables, or flowers.

    Each basket is finished with a sturdy leather wrapped handle. 

    Photos are representative of the general colorway and design, with green and ink stripes. Because they are handmade, each basket will be unique. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]

    Baskets measure approximately 16" long x 8" wide x 7" tall (to top of basket); 12" tall (to top of handle). Size may vary slightly due to the handmade nature of this product.

    $36.00

    This whimsical and beautiful dish with a floating hippopotamus is carved from serpentine stone. The design of the dish showcases the beauty of this locally-sourced stone through both textured and polished surfaces.

    Size: 6.5"L x 5.5"W x 1"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

    About the Artisans:

    Emmanual Mabika uses his talent to 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.

    $148.00

    These handcrafted cow sculptures have been transformed from used oil drums by talented metal sculptors in Zimbabwe. Each cow is finished with varnish to protect against the elements.

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

    Sold individually. Size: [Small] 10"L x 3.5"W x 9"T; [Medium] 18"L x 10"W x 14"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, each may vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

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

    Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe
    $44.00

    A Zimbabwean artist crafts these roosters with textured and polished springstone combined with recycled metal. The polished stone displays unique inclusions, making each piece one-of-a-kind.

    Size: 6"L x 2.5"W x 5.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

    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

    Ghanaian artisans hand-carve these lovely hand drums from wood, stretch a goatskin top, and hand-paint vibrant finishes onto their exterior. Each drum is fully functional and makes a great gift for musicians and music lovers. The drums are assorted in color and motif; see photos for examples.

    Size: approximately 8" W x 13" T

    Due to the handcrafted nature of these drums, designs and color will vary. 

    About the Artisans:

    Founded by Andy Koney nearly 20 years ago in his bedroom, today the Ghanaian 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.

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    $52.00

    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: 7"D x 11"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.

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    $34.00

    This soft and absorbent cotton towel features colorful banding and delicate fringe. This beautiful textile is perfect for use as a hand towel or a place mat.

    Sold individually. Measures 18-20"W x 28-30"L. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size may vary slightly. Color variation is an expected feature, due to the handmade nature of this item.

    Care instructions: Hand wash with mild soap. Hang dry.

    About the Artisans:


    The Sammy Ethiopia brand links the artisan skills of one of Africa's most ancient civilizations with American and European fashion know-how. The result is unique contemporary style that has already gathered fans from New York to Tokyo. A wealth of craft skills known in Ethiopia for thousands of years are applied to a style-forward range of fashion and home accessories to suit current global tastes. Collaborating with community organizations and cooperatives, Sammy Ethiopia creates employment to some of the world's most marginalized people in and around Addis Ababa.

    $45.00

    Handcrafted by the artisans of Tribal Textiles in Zambia's lush Luangwa Valley, this bold table runner features abstract designs in earth tones. Handcrafted with 100% African-sourced cotton, the table runner is finished with 4 seamed edges. Reverse side is unpainted and unfinished.

    Details and color placement will vary from image shown due to the hand-painted nature of this item. Each item has the same overall motif and color palette, but the final product is the work of the artisan's choices.

    Measures 68"L x 18"W. Wash by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent; hang to dry, iron on cotton setting.

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

    $48.00

    This versatile set of nesting baskets is handwoven using strands of hand-dyed sisal and banana fiber. Versatile and stylish, these baskets are perfect for mixing up storage in any space.

    Size: [Small] 6"D x 6"T [Large] 8"D x 8"T. Sold as a set of two. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

    About the Artisans:

    In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these baskets are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

    $68.00

    These sisal wall baskets are handcrafted in Zimbabwe. Beautiful displayed on a wall or tabletop, the sisal fibers create a gorgeous texture and each basket is a work of art.

    Only one available. Measures 14"D.

    About the Artisans:

    These baskets are sourced from the Collaborative Craft Project, a group in Zimbabwe working with local expert weavers and specializing in natural and sustainable materials. Sisal fibers are extracted from the agave sisalana plant and are hand-dyed to create beautiful colors. The dyes are all natural and sourced from trees native to Zimbabwe. Leaves from the Umdwada tree create black dye, Uchane leaves create yellow, Isinga roots and Umhlahlampethu leaves create brown, and other organic matter creates additional earth tones.

    $48.00

    This versatile scarf, lightweight enough to be worn year-round, is handwoven with locally-grown organic Ethiopian cotton by the artisans of Sammy Ethiopia. It features a contrasting border in a subtle stripe of natural and gray, plus a light fringe.

    Measures 66"L x 16"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Care instructions: Hand wash with mild soap. Hang dry.

    About the Artisans:

    The Sammy Ethiopia brand links the artisan skills of one of Africa's most ancient civilizations with American and European fashion know-how. The result is unique contemporary style that has already gathered fans from New York to Tokyo. A wealth of craft skills known in Ethiopia for thousands of years are applied to a style-forward range of fashion and home accessories to suit current global tastes. Collaborating with community organizations and cooperatives, Sammy Ethiopia creates employment for marginalized people in and around Addis Ababa.

    $38.00

    Inspired by the wild zebras in South Luangwa National Park, this hand-painted decorative pillow features a zebra depicted in a mix of earthy tones. Hand drawn and hand painted with rich color by the artisans of Tribal Textiles; made with 100% African-sourced cotton with a back vent closure.

    While the overall design and technique are the same, each artisan has his or her own way of starching and balancing colors, making each pillow unique. Details (such as gold accents and plant accents) and colors will vary slightly from image shown.

    Pillow cover and included pillow insert measure 18x18. Wash cover by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent, and hang to dry.

    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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