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Celebrate the holiday season with artisan-made Christmas decor, ornaments, nativities, and holiday cards from Africa.

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$24.00

Add a touch of Africa to your holiday season with these fun holiday ornaments! Donning a bright little Santa hat, these safari animals are hand carved from jacaranda wood and make adorable additions to the holiday tree. Each ornament set is handmade to be beautifully one-of-a-kind.

Handmade in Kenya.

Sold in sets of 2. Choose from Elephant & Giraffe, Lion & Cheetah, Hippo & Rhino or Giraffe & Zebra.

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

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

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

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

Figures measure 5"H. Box measures 10.5"L x 7.5"W x 2"H. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

In Nairobi's Banana Hill suburb, artisans utilize the fiber of banana palm trees, which grow prolifically in East Africa, to create whimsical gifts for local sale and export. Esther heads up a small group of talented individuals with a penchant for creating collectible works of folk art using this sustainable, all-natural medium.

$22.00

Sold as a set of six, these unique African ornaments are carved from solid soapstone and hand-dyed in Kenya.

Elephants are considered blessed all over the world, from Africa to India. These elephant ornaments are an especially colorful way to add meaning to your Christmas tree.

Measures 2"L x 1"H. Includes red hanging ribbon. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

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

$28.00

These beautiful sisal ornaments are handcrafted by talented Rwandan basket weavers. Shaped like traditional Agaseke giving baskets, each ornament features a removable lid, enabling it to be filled with small gifts or sweet notes!

Sold in assorted sets of three, featuring blue, green and red giving basket ornaments. Each ornament measures approximately 4-5" tall and 2-3" wide, with a 3" string. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size and design may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

It is typical for many women in developing countries to depend solely on their husbands for financial needs, but Songa Designs International is changing this dynamic. By working for Songa, under-resourced women are encouraged to pursue economic independence, simply by using skills acquired through everyday life. Songa Designs provides jobs for over 150 women who in turn negotiate their own salaries and earn fair wages, which enables them to buy land, health insurance or send their children to school for the first time. Trained by generations of local cultural tradition, the skilled artisans in Rwanda in East Africa craft stylish, high-quality accessories inspired by nature. Each handmade item is tightly woven with all-natural materials such as banana leaf fiber or sisal plants.

$18.00

These cheerful beaded reindeer will delight your Christmas spirit!  Sparkling beads and silver wire blend beautifully in these handcrafted ornaments from Kenya.

Each measures 3.5"L x 2.5"W x 6T (to top of antlers), 8"T (to top of string) 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.

 

$34.00

These cheerful beaded elephants will delight your Christmas spirit! Sparkling beads and silver wire blend beautifully in these handcrafted ornaments from Kenya.

Each measures 4"L x 2.5"W x 3.5T (to top of trunk), 7.5"T (to top of string) but since this is a handcrafted item, size may vary slightly. Choose from red, green, silver, gold, or 1 of each. Sold in sets of 4.

About the Artisans:

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

$24.00

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

Sold in sets of Lion & Zebra, Elephant & Giraffe, Rhino & Cheetah.

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

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

$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

$54.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

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

$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.

$56.00

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

About the Artisan:

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

$38.00

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

Size: 10" L x 4.5" W x 4.5". Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

In Nairobi's Banana Hill suburb, artisans utilize the fiber of banana palm trees, which grow prolifically in East Africa, to create whimsical gifts for local sale and export. Esther heads up a small group of talented individuals with a penchant for creating collectible works of folk art using this sustainable, all-natural medium.

$28.00

Present a sweet gift in one of these holiday ornaments, made in Kenya, that can double as a tiny gift box or just to hang from a tree. The small beaded hut is crafted from wire and beads, and its removable lid offers a spot to hide sweets or small gifts.

Each measures 2"L x 2"W x 3.5T (to top of hut), 8"T (to top of string) but since this is a handcrafted item, size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Using wire and beads, an artisan in Nairobi named Irene hand beads and crafts these adorable ornaments/gift boxes.

$58.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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

$88.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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

$28.00

These beautiful sisal ornaments are handcrafted by talented Rwandan basket weavers. Shaped like traditional Agaseke giving baskets, each ornament features a removable lid, enabling it to be filled with small gifts or sweet notes!

Sold in sets of three. Each ornament measures approximately 4-5" tall and 2-3" wide, with a 3" string. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly and designs will be assorted. Each set will be unique!

About the Artisans:

It is typical for many women in developing countries to depend solely on their husbands for financial needs, but Songa Designs International is changing this dynamic. By working for Songa, under-resourced women are encouraged to pursue economic independence, simply by using skills acquired through everyday life. Songa Designs provides jobs for over 150 women who in turn negotiate their own salaries and earn fair wages, which enables them to buy land, health insurance or send their children to school for the first time. Trained by generations of local cultural tradition, the skilled artisans in Rwanda in East Africa craft stylish, high-quality accessories inspired by nature. Each handmade item is tightly woven with all-natural materials such as banana leaf fiber or sisal plants.

$28.00

These beautiful sisal ornaments are handcrafted by talented Rwandan basket weavers. Shaped like traditional Agaseke giving baskets, each ornament features a removable lid, enabling it to be filled with small gifts or sweet notes!

Sold in sets of three. Each ornament measures approximately 4-5" tall and 2-3" wide, with a 3" string. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly and designs will be assorted. Each set will be unique!

About the Artisans:

It is typical for many women in developing countries to depend solely on their husbands for financial needs, but Songa Designs International is changing this dynamic. By working for Songa, under-resourced women are encouraged to pursue economic independence, simply by using skills acquired through everyday life. Songa Designs provides jobs for over 150 women who in turn negotiate their own salaries and earn fair wages, which enables them to buy land, health insurance or send their children to school for the first time. Trained by generations of local cultural tradition, the skilled artisans in Rwanda in East Africa craft stylish, high-quality accessories inspired by nature. Each handmade item is tightly woven with all-natural materials such as banana leaf fiber or sisal plants.

$18.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

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

$36.00

Kindle the spirit of the season and bring shine to your tree with these whimsical Christmas tree ornaments. Sparkling beads and silver wire blend beautifully in our handcrafted Christmas tree ornaments from Kenya.

Each measures 2"L x 2"W x 6T (to top of tree), 12"T (to top of string) but since this is a handcrafted item, size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

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

$18.00

Sold as a set of three in red, green and natural soapstone, the sale of these beautiful handcrafted star ornaments encourages a brotherhood of Kenyans called the Undugu Society, in supporting one another's rise from poverty.

Measures 3"L x 0.15"W x 3"T (to top of ornament), 6"T (to top of string). Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

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

$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. Choose from menorah only (without candles), or add white or multicolor candles. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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

$88.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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

$28.00

These beautiful sisal ornaments are handcrafted by talented Rwandan basket weavers. Shaped like traditional Agaseke giving baskets, each ornament features a removable lid, enabling it to be filled with small gifts or sweet notes!

Sold in sets of three. Each ornament measures approximately 4-5" tall and 2-3" wide, with a 3" string. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly and designs will be assorted. Each set will be unique!

About the Artisans:

It is typical for many women in developing countries to depend solely on their husbands for financial needs, but Songa Designs International is changing this dynamic. By working for Songa, under-resourced women are encouraged to pursue economic independence, simply by using skills acquired through everyday life. Songa Designs provides jobs for over 150 women who in turn negotiate their own salaries and earn fair wages, which enables them to buy land, health insurance or send their children to school for the first time. Trained by generations of local cultural tradition, the skilled artisans in Rwanda in East Africa craft stylish, high-quality accessories inspired by nature. Each handmade item is tightly woven with all-natural materials such as banana leaf fiber or sisal plants.

$88.00

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

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

About the Artisans:

Artisans from African Home: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

Artisans left to right: Wadzanai, Victor and George.

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

$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.

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