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Hanukkah Gifts

From colorful soapstone, to musical shakers woven from elephant grass, all gifts are handcrafted and fair trade!

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$24.00

These natural undyed elephant grass percussion instruments are filled with beans and produce a unique, earthy rattle. Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana handcraft these African percussion instruments from stiff elephant grass. A calabash gourd base keeps the rattling beans intact.

Size: [Med] 3.5"D x 7.5"T; [Large] 5"D x 9.5"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$22.00

This fun pair of spin drums are handcrafted from goatskin, plastic and wood. Each drum is characterized by a friendly, hand-painted giraffe. A fun gift for music-loving kids!

Approximate size: 4.25"L x 0.75"W x 12"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

"No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come."

Beautifully screen printed, fully lined and finished with a contrasting zipper, this charming flat pouch showcases the African proverb, "No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come." Accent stitching and a button detail complete the pouch.

Size: 8"L x 5.5"T. Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

At Yda Walt Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, talented owner/designer Yda Walt and a small team of artisans dream up inspirational products centered on South African life and ethos.

$28.00

Hand carved and polished to a smooth finish, this set of 4 rounded hearts showcases the beautiful tones of natural gray soapstone.

Although colors are predominantly gray, this is completely natural soapstone, undyed, so each piece will display a wide variation in color with veining, lighter or darker gray, and even some brown and pink tones. Each will be lovely. Additional color swatches are shown as examples.

Size: each heart measures 2.75" wide by 1.75" tall.

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.

$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.

$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.

$38.00

Hand-carved from soapstone in Kenya, then dyed vibrant colors with etched details, these adorable little birds will add a fun decorative touch in the home or as gifts.

Colors and size may vary slightly. Measure 1.75"T x 2.25"L x 1.5"W.

About the Artisans:

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

$24.00

These bright yellow and green elephant grass percussion instruments are filled with beans and produce a unique, earthy rattle. Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana handcraft these colorful African percussion instruments from stiff elephant grass. A calabash gourd base keeps the rattling beans intact.

Size: [Med] 3.5"D x 7.5"T; [Large] 5"D x 9.5"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$24.00

Hand carved from soapstone by artisans in Kenya, this set of beautifully dyed aqua sea inhabitants brighten a shelf or table with its vividly dyed coloration.

Includes four whales each measuring 2"L x 1.75"W x 2"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

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

$18.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

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.

$22.00

These special tokens are carved from fragrant, sustainably harvested sandalwood by Mozambican wood carvers. Crafted to show both smoothly sanded and raw textures of the wood, carvers utilize small pieces of wood that might otherwise be discarded and create lovely pieces.

Sold as a set of two. Each measures 1"T x 3" L x 3"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

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.

$34.00

The talented artisans of Tribal Textiles in Zambia stitch these colorful face masks from African-sourced, 100% cotton chitenge cloth. Each double-layer pleated mask has elastic ear bands and an opening to allow the insertion of disposable filters.

Choose size Medium or Large, sized for teens and adults. Medium measures: 6.5"L x 4"T. Large measures: 8"L x 4"T. Dimensions do not include elastic straps. See our Set of Four Youth Size Zambian Chitenge Cotton Face Masks for a smaller, child-sized mask.

Sold as a set of 4. Each set is assorted, with varied colors and patterns. Hand wash to maintain vivid colors, and shape of mask. Note: due to the nature of this product, masks are final sale.

Profits from each mask sale benefit our Artisan Relief FundFor each set sold, $25 is contributed to the fund.

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. 

$14.00

Utilizing remnants of Zulugrass, Maasai artisans are designing one-of-a-kind strands to symbolize the bright futures of educated children. Buy Zulugrass=Educate Kids. The Leakey Collection will donate 100% of their profits from the sales of these bracelets to pay for teachers' salaries in rural Kenya. Each 26" strand is packaged on a special tag explaining how the proceeds will be allocated. Wear it wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle, or long as a necklace. 

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$16.00

These fun spin drums are handcrafted from goatskin, plastic and wood. Each drum is characterized by a vibrant hand painted rainbow and musical note design. A cool gift for world music enthusiasts!

Small Rainbow Hand Drums [Size: 3.25"L x 1"W x 10.5"T]; Large Rainbow Hand Drums [Size: 4.25"L x 0.75"W x 11"T]; Double Rainbow Hand Drums [Size: 4.5"L x 0.75"W x 14"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.

$24.00

These handmade elephant grass shakers, woven in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, are filled with beans and produce a unique, earthy rattle. A favorite instrument of both children and adults, they are dyed in bright purple, pink, and orange. A calabash gourd base keeps the rattling beans intact.

Size: [Med] 3.5"D x 7.5"T; [Large] 5"D x 9.5"T. Color patterns and sizing may vary slightly since these are handcrafted items.

$34.00

Thank you for your orders! Printed fabric masks are sold out.

These beautiful face masks are artisan-made from Ghanaian Ankara cloth. Featuring elastic ear bands and a thin, adjustable nose wire, each double-layer cotton mask can be comfortably worn in public situations, and washed after each use.

Masks measure approximately 10" long x 5.5" tall, with 5" long elastic loops. Sold in sets of four: choose from four prints, four solid colors, or two of each. Each set is assorted, and colors and patterns will vary.

Hand wash to maintain vivid colors, and shape of mask. Note: due to the nature of this product masks are final sale. Please verify the measurements of mask before purchasing; we find these are sized best for small to average sized heads.

100% of the proceeds from mask sales will be donated to our Artisan Relief Fund!

About the Artisans:

African wax prints, also known as Ankara prints, are common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. Georgina is the amazing Ghanaian businesswoman who dreamed up our Ankara cloth slippers and journals. Challenged by a loss of work during the pandemic, she presented a smart idea to keep her limited staff safely working by crafting beautiful Ankara cloth face masks for Swahili.

 

$26.00

This handcrafted stuffed leopard is knit from natural, organic cotton and is safe for children of any age. The animals feature easy-to-grab limbs, sewn facial features, and a scarf.

Made by Kenana Knitters, who are known for their high quality crafts. Measures 14"T x 3"L x 2"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.

$24.00

These soft stuffed monkeys, handmade from natural, organic cotton, 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.

$23.00

Hand carving and etching soft soapstone, Kenyan artisans create square decorative boxes with a simple bamboo design. A sponge-dyed green finish blankets this unique home decor accessory with earthy color.

Sizes: [Small] 2"L x 2"W x 1.25"T; [Medium] 3"L x 3"W x 1"T; [Large] 4"L x 4"W x 2"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variations may occur.

About the Artisans:

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

$18.00

Vibrant patterned ankara cotton cloth elevates small lined journals and large blank sketchbooks. Each book includes an elasticized band for keeping the pages closed, and the journal includes a ribbon for keeping place.

Journal measures 8"L x 5.25"W with 80 lined pages. Sketchbook measures 12"L x 8"W with 70 blank pages. Due to the handmade nature of this item, variation is in pattern placement expected.

About the Artisans:

African wax prints, also known as Ankara prints, are common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. A woman named Georgina works with a group of artisans who batik-dye cloth and sew colorful accessories.

 

$18.00

"Being happy is better than being king."

Beautifully screen printed, fully lined and finished with a contrasting zipper, this charming flat pouch showcases the African proverb, "Being happy is better than being king." Accent stitching and a button detail complete the pouch.

Size: 8"L x 5.5"T. Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

At Yda Walt Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, talented owner/designer Yda Walt and a small team of artisans dream up inspirational products centered on South African life and ethos.

$22.00

These unique folk art giraffe sculptures, re-purposed from African seed pods, then hand painted a bright yellow with whimsical details, are created by Zimbabwean artisans.

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.

$24.00

These happy soft stuffed monkeys 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.

$32.00

This kalimba is handmade in Burkina Faso from a recycled tomato can and custom burned wood. Often called "thumb pianos," these melodic instruments feature a West African scene and traditional design elements on their wooden surface.

Measures 8"L x 5"W x 3"T. Not a professional instrument.

About the Artisans:

The Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou (VAO) is a centre of excellence in the creation, production and marketing of Burkinabe art, fine crafts and handicrafts in Burkina Faso. Here you can feel the passion and see the creations of over 500 artisans representing 30 different genres of art.

$24.00

Adopt this happy soft stuffed monkey handmade from natural, organic cotton. 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.

$34.00

The talented artisans of Tribal Textiles in Zambia stitch these colorful face masks from African-sourced, 100% cotton "chitenge" cloth. Each double layer pleated mask has elastic ear bands, and a top opening to allow the insertion of disposable filters.

Masks size small are primarily intended for children (see our Set of Four Zambian Chitenge Cotton Face Masks for larger sizing options). Small measures 5"L x 4"T. Dimensions do not include elastic straps. 

Sold as a set of four. Each set is assorted, and colors and patterns will vary. Hand wash to maintain vivid colors, and shape of mask. Note: due to the nature of this product masks are final sale.

Profits from each mask sale benefit our Artisan Relief FundFor each set sold, $25 is contributed to the fund.

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. 

$18.00

A favorite instrument of both children and adults, these handmade grass shakers are filled with beans and produce a unique, earthy rattle. Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana handcraft these colorful African percussion instruments from stiff elephant grass, dyed in bright purple and pink. A calabash gourd base keeps the rattling beans intact.

[Med] 3.5"D x 7.5"T; [Large] 5"D x 9.5"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$22.00

These fun folk art giraffe sculptures painted pink are created by re-purposing African seed pods by Zimbabwean artisans.

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.

$22.00

Created from dried African seed pods, these unique folk art penguin sculptures are hand painted with whimsical details by Zimbabwean artisans.

Size: 2"L x 2"W x 4.25"T. Sizes and styles 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.

$24.00

Kenyan artisans handcraft this sweet Valentine's Day keepsake, forming eco-friendly hearts from colorful recycled flip flop foam. Choose a set of 2 or 6.

Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary depending on the colors of flip flop material available and the artisan's design. See photo for some examples. Each heart measures 3"T x 1.25"W.

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

$24.00

Artisans in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, create low profile thumb pianos from lightweight balsa wood that are then burned with an assortment of designs. A great gift for music lovers or collectors of world instruments, each kalimba has five tuners that can be plucked to produce a uniquely African sound.

These handmade "thumb pianos" are decorated with unique burned patterns and West African scenes. Measures 5.5"L x 4"W x 0.75"T; size may vary slightly. Because each kalimba is uniquely handcrafted, designs will vary.

About the Artisans:

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

$22.00

African artisans hand-carve these sweet, freestanding owl sculptures from solid soapstone, then add dyed finishes in pink, blue, brown and black.

Each owl is a small token of happiness and makes a great gift. Measures 1.75"L x 0.5"W x 2"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

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

$18.00

"When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow."

Beautifully screen printed, fully lined and finished with a contrasting zipper, this charming flat pouch showcases the African proverb, "When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow." Accent stitching and a button detail complete the pouch.

Size: 8"L x 5.5"T. Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

At Yda Walt Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, talented owner/designer Yda Walt and a small team of artisans dream up inspirational products centered on South African life and ethos.

$33.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

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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