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Springtime Collection

As a season of renewal, spring is a perfect time to celebrate with handcrafted African gifts and fresh home decor.

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$28.00

Ghanaian artisans create an indispensable addition to the purse in this beautiful folding hand fan. Styled from colorful cloth and leather, this richly hued Ghanaian fan can be folded and tucked away when not in use. When fully expanded, the fan not only creates a breeze, it also captures the eye with its beautiful print.

Measures 10"L x 1"W x 14"T when expanded. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, it may vary.

About the Artisan:

These vibrant fans are handcrafted by Ghanaian artisan Fulera, who first resist dyes cotton fabric, then coordinates dyed leather to wrap around a sturdy wooden handle.

Fulera, Ghanaian artisan.
$68.00

Always a popular choice among conscious shoppers, this Ghanaian tote, woven from elephant grass, not only provides practicality but a chic style! It features soft black leather-wrapped handles for comfort and durability.

The totes are tightly woven and can stand up to years of usage while still remaining beautiful. 

Measures 18"L x 9"W x 18"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$30.00

This gift set will bring a flavorful African flair to mealtime. Choose any 3 of our Ukuva iAfrica spice and salt grinders or Hot Drops hot sauces, and we'll place your selections in a gift-ready box. Makes a great gift for the foodies and world travelers on your list!

Gift set includes your choice of any 3 Ukuva iAfrica spice grinders or Hot Drops. Make your selection for each of the 3 flavors in the dropdowns below.

Producer Profile:

These sauces and spices were developed over the course of a decade by a culinary-minded traveler who recorded his experiences with food in Africa. Today, Ukuva iAfrica sense of Africa in ixi-Xhosa) works with Turqle Trading in South Africa to produce Fair Trade spices and sauces of exceptional quality. Turqle is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, and they ensure that producers maintain fair labour and wage practices. 2.5% of the export price of Ukuva products goes to the Fair Trade Trust for education for the employees. The wire and beadwork adornment for each bottle is made by hand at Cape Mental Health Society.

$28.00

Ghanaian artisans create an indispensable addition to the purse in this beautiful folding hand fan. Styled from colorful cloth and leather, this richly hued Ghanaian fan can be folded and tucked away when not in use. When fully expanded, the fan not only creates a breeze, it also captures the eye with its beautiful print.

Measures 10"L x 1"W x 14"T when expanded. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, it may vary.

About the Artisan:

These vibrant fans are handcrafted by Ghanaian artisan Fulera, who first resist dyes cotton fabric, then coordinates dyed leather to wrap around a sturdy wooden handle.

Fulera, Ghanaian artisan.
$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 a red and ink design. 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

You'll get years of use of out this beautiful cheese board, made from solid olive wood and enhanced with batik-dyed cow bone inlay. So easy to grab and use, the wood grain makes cheese look lovely.

Board measures 12" long x 6" wide, though sizes may vary slightly due to the handmade nature of this product.

Made from olive wood. To care for this natural serving piece, hand-wash in warm water and rub lightly with a coat of olive or food safe mineral oil to ensure years of use.

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 their works, with marked improvements being seen for the individual, their families, the community.

$28.00

A smaller version of our popular durable Bolga baskets, this basket is handwoven from thick, tough elephant grass and dyed a vivid red. This smaller size is beloved by children for carrying treasures! Pair with a stuffed animal for a delightful gift.

Measures approximately 8"D x 8"T. Includes a matching leather-wrapped handle. Due to the handmade nature of this basket, some variation in color, shape, and size are expected.

$28.00

A smaller version of our popular durable Bolga baskets, this handwoven elephant grass basket is dyed a rich dark brown and will remain functional and beautiful for years. This basket features a soft leather-wrapped handle in brown, matching the dye of the basket.

This smaller size is beloved by children for carrying treasures! Pair with a stuffed animal for a delightful gift.

Measures approximately 8"D x 8"T. Includes a woven handle, wrapped in leather for durability. Due to the handmade nature of this basket, some variation in color, shape, and size are expected.

$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. Our new 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 cinnamon 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.

$68.00

Hand carved in beautiful green serpentine stone by talented Zimbabwean artisans, this inquisitive rabbit is completely one-of-a-kind due to natural variances in the stone.

Size: 8"L x 3.5"W x 6"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.

$58.00

This set of four sculptures will bring springtime to any space! Zimbabwean artist Luke sculpts bird from stone, adds recycled metal beaks, legs and tail feathers, and hand-paints colorful coats.

Sold as a set of four, in the colors shown. Each measures: 6.5"L x 2"W x 3.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, slight variations may occur.

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
$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.

$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.

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

Crafted by Afghan refugees living in Delhi, these beautiful ornaments represent the national animal of Afghanistan, the snow leopard, a symbol of bravery and beauty.

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

Size: approximately 3.15" x 2.75" x 3/4"

Materials: Felt-like fabric and 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.

Image shows artisans handcrafting Snow Leopard ornaments.

Photo (c) UNHCR.

$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.

 

$66.00

Woven from durable elephant grass by artisans in Ghana, this beautiful tote features black pinstripes and a natural grass handle. The perfect accessory from home to market to beach and beyond.

Can be rinsed and reshaped with cool water as needed.

Measures 20"L x 8"W x 12"T (18"T to top of handle). Due to the handmade nature of this basket, slight variation is 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 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.
  • $32.00

    Strung on an elastic band for comfort, this beautiful bracelet showcases the lovely contrast of turquoise blue bakelite beads with variegated powder glass beads in yellow and red. Bold and colorful, each bracelet is carefully handcrafted.

    This exciting bracelet stretches to fit most wrists and measures 3"D x 0.75"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

    About the Artisans:

    Joseph operates a small jewelry and accessories workshop in his home in Nairobi's Mathare neighborhood. Together with two talented young men, he crafts beautiful adornments from readily available and iconic Kenyan materials.

    $28.00

    These handcrafted earrings are created using Kenyan shillings, some of which date back several decades. The coins are hollowed and topped with a turquoise bead, then strung on French earwire.

    The earrings are a unique way to show your love for East Africa while also looking incredibly chic. Measures 2.5"L x 1"W. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Fair trade.

    About the Artisans:

    Gabriel Muragu learned the art of jewelry crafting from his father, who trained in export readiness with Alan Donovan at African Heritage. Together, the father and son team craft beautifully styled adornments from an upstairs workshop in Nairobi's central business district.

    $24.00

    Ghanaian artisans create an indispensable addition to the purse in this beautiful folding hand fan. Styled from colorful wax cloth and leather, this vibrant Ghanaian fan can be folded and tucked away when not in use. When fully expanded, the fan not only creates a breeze, it also captures the eye with the bold prints of wax cloth.

    Measures 11"L x 14.5"T when expanded. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, it may vary.

    About the Artisans:

    These vibrant fans are handcrafted by Ghanaian artisans in Accra and Bolgatanga using ankara cloth, wooden sticks, glue and leather. Iconic in Ghana, this style of fan is easy to spot in shops in a variety of vivid patterns and colors.

    $14.00

    Proceeds from 26" Beads for Healthy Gardens Zulugrass strands support the Leakey Collection's “Healthy Garden” project, which educates Maasai women to plant vitamin and mineral rich home gardens. Most rural pregnancy and birth issues, as well as child development problems, can be eradicated by eating a healthy diet. Each strand is packaged on a special tag—explaining how the proceeds will be allocated—and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even 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 in a mix of garden greens, blues, and purplesÑeach bracelet is unique. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

    $68.00

    A stylish tote for the farmer's market, picnic, or beach, these beautiful and durable shoppers are woven from thick, tough elephant grass by artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana. This roomy tote is accented by stripes of lacy weaving.

    Measures approximately 19"L x 7"W x 16"T. Due to the handmade nature of this tote, some variation is expected. Choose from a brown & cream braided leather handle or solid black leather handle.

    $38.00

    Bring on-trend animal print to your home decor with this leopard print cushion cover. Hand-painted in rich color with crackled details by the artisans of Tribal Textiles; made with 100% African-sourced cotton with a back vent closure.

    Details and colors will vary slightly from image shown, due to the hand-painted nature of this item.

    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 elding 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.

    $58.00

    This stylish set of two nesting baskets makes storage beautiful in any room of the home. Handwoven from durable veta vera grass, otherwise known as elephant grass, these baskets are stylish and made to last. 

    Size: Small, 11-13.5"D x 6-7.5"T, Large, 14-15"D x 7-8"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation is expected. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]

    $24.00

    Showcasing un-dyed soapstone in this sweet songbird sculpture set, Kenyan artisans hand carve and polish the stone to a smooth finish. Although the color is primarily cream,this is completely natural soapstone with no dye. Each piece may display natural variation in color and grain, with veining in gray, brown, or pink. Each piece is unique and lovely.

    Sold as a set of two. Each measures approximately 4"L x 2"W x 2.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, variation is expected.

    About the Artisans:

    At the Ndima Crafts finishing shop in Nairobi’s industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charles' exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

    $98.00

    This expansive gabi in fresh yellow is woven from organic cotton in two wide panels, then hand-stitched together by artisans of Sammy Ethiopia. Traditionally worn in pure white for religious services, a gabi can serve in many ways: as a tablecloth, a luxurious throw blanket, a body shawl or wrap, or even tied as a baby carrier.

    You'll find many reasons to love this heirloom-quality handwoven textile!

    Measures 110"L x 58"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size may vary slightly.

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

    This luxurious gabi in a coffee-with-cream shade is woven from fine organic cotton into two wide panels, then hand-stitched together by artisans of Sammy Ethiopia. Worn traditionally in pure white for religious services, a gabi is an expansive textile that can serve in many ways, as a wrap or shawl, a throw blanket, a tablecloth, or even tied as a baby carrier.

    You'll find many reasons to love this heirloom-quality handwoven textile!

    Measures 115"L x 60"W. 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.

    $36.00

    Zimbabwean sculptors utilize repurposed metal and discarded teapots to create these unique rooster planters. These small roosters feature white or brown teapots, grey or brown wings and red accents. A whimsical and rustic way to mix up your garden decor!

    Limited edition, only a few available. Measures approximately 12-14" T, 12-14" L, and 10" W. The teapot opening is approximately 4" W. All feature a back handle on the teapot. These planters are handcrafted using upcycled materials and will vary.

    Please note: recycled metal may feature some sharp edges, and is not suitable for children. Since the teapots are recycled, there may be 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
    $18.00

    Hand carved and polished to a smooth finish, this serene bunny showcases the beautiful grain and varied coloration of natural gray soapstone. Although colors are predominantly gray, this is natural soapstone with no dye; each piece will display variation with veining, shades of gray, and even some brown and pink tones. Additional color swatches are shown as examples.

    Measures 2.5"L x 1.5"W x 4"T. Size may vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

    At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

    $72.00

    A talented stone sculptor named Luke Jimu carves this beautiful dish from serpentine stone. A small bird perches on the edge of the oval bowl, which features both textured and polished surfaces.

    Size: 11"L x 6.5"W x 4.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

    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
    $28.00

    Handcrafted by artisans in Zimbabwe out of recycled metal, these delightful little bird sculptures will bring a song to your heart. Each sculpture is finished with varnish to protect against the elements but may weather slightly with long-term exposure. Handcrafted items may vary slightly.

    Size: 7"L x 3"W x 3.5"T.

    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
    $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

    These darling rabbit sculptures are hand-carved from Kenyan soapstone and dyed a vibrant yellow color. This set contains one small and one large yellow bunny and is the perfect way to brighten any space.

    Small bunnies measure 2.5"L x 1.75"W x 3"T. Large bunnies measure 2.5"L x 1.75"W x 4"T. Due to the handmade nature of these items, size and color may vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

    Richard Makaya is a master of soapstone carving and works directly with artisans in the Kisii district where soapstone is mined and carved. Richard is known for his attention to detail and eye for design. His winning smile and personality makes him one of Swahili's most admired and long-standing partners.

    $32.00

    Handcrafted from recycled paper, glue and wire, this charming sculpture features a woman and her baby biking their tomatoes to sell at market. Artfully crafted, this brightly colored piece is sustainably sourced and a wonderful addition to the home.

    Measures 7"L x 3"W x 7"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of each sculpture, size and color may vary slightly.

    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.

    $22.00

    Let someone know you are thinking of them with this unique set of four handmade cards from Kenya, utilizing recycled metal and handmade recycled paper to craft one-of-a-kind sentiments.

    All cards come with an envelope and are blank inside. Cards measure 4" x 6". Due to the handmade nature of the cards, designs will vary.

    Each set comes with two of each style of card.

    About the Artisans:

    Jarida Crafts is a social enterprise that employs a variety of teenage individuals, including drop-outs, young mothers, and street youth, to create handcrafted recycled note cards. While their circumstances might vary they all have one thing in common: creativity and their desire to share their art with others.

    $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.

    $156.00

    This beautiful work of modern African art portrays a woman in a bathing suit, face to the sun as her feet dangle over the water. Each sculpture, created with the lost-wax method in Burkina Faso, is completely one-of-a-kind, so color and shape may vary slightly.

    Size: [Small] 2"L x 2"W x 4.75"T; [Med] 3"L x 3"W x 6"T; [Large] 4"L x 4"W x 7.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly.

    $18.50

    Lulu Love is a combination of jasmine, vanilla, plumeria, honey suckle, and lilac essential oils combined with Lulu Life virgin shea butter. This organic, Grade A shea butter is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa.

    Most shea butter comes from West African shea trees and is sold as a hard solid. East African shea butter is silky and harder to procure, and considered a precious luxury good. Lulu Shea Butter is made from nuts that are collected, cracked, sorted, dried, ground by hand and cold-pressed (avoiding even the slightest trace of chemical contamination).

    Intensely moisturizing, this shea butter is easily absorbed and is known to transform your skin over time. The butter is rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants, and can be used on the face or as an all-over body butter.

    Container holds 100ml (3.3oz) and measures 2"T x 2.25"D.

    About the Artisans:

    Founded in 2000, Lulu Works is a non-profit trust established to provide a source of sustainable income for the women of South Sudan. Comprised of women-owned processing centers, Lulu Works ensures that the profit from the production and sale of Lulu Life products returns to these women. It also provides an incentive to protect the natural shea butter resource.

    Lulu Life Shea ButterVitellaria nilotica tree grows across South Sudan in thick forests and takes 20 years to bear its first fruit. These forests are untouched by chemicals or fertilizers.

    Vitellaria nilotica tree

    Fragrance is provided by natural, essential oils. Lulu Love is a combination of jasmine, vanilla, plumeria, honey suckle, and lilac.

    Fragrance is provided by natural, essential oils. Lulu Love is a combination of jasmine, vanilla, plumeria, honey suckle, and lilac. See all of the scents available in our Skin Care Collection.

    $28.00

    These lightweight on-trend fringe earrings by The Leakey Collection showcase Zulugrass beads in beautiful shades of green, Czech glass beads and brass wire.

    Measure 2.5"L x 0.75"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass.

    $18.00

    Showcasing un-dyed soapstone in this beautiful lidded box, Kenyan artisans hand carve and polish to a smooth finish. Although colors are primarily cream, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a wide variation in color and grain than photos - with veining, and even some brown and pink tones but each will be lovely.

    Measures 4"L x 4.25"W x 1.5"T. Size may vary slightly.

    About the Artisans:

    At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

    $34.00

    Handwoven in Senegal, these grain baskets are crafted using coils of natural grasses, woven together with up-cycled plastic strips in a rainbow of colors. Beautiful displayed on a table or adorning a wall.

    Measures 16"D x 3"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these baskets, they are assorted, and each basket will vary. Each is unique, and beautifully handcrafted!

    $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:

    Richard Makaya is a master of soapstone carving and works directly with artisans in the Kisii district where soapstone is mined and carved. Richard is known for his attention to detail and eye for design. His winning smile and personality makes him one of Swahili's most admired and long-standing partners.

    $185.00

    Store your laundry or your children's toys in this stylish hamper, or simply use to enhance your home decoration!

    These hampers, handwoven by an association of more than 100 rural Wolof women in the West African nation of Senegal, bring beautiful modern artisan craftsmanship to homes around the world. These useful baskets are woven in the coil style by binding dried cattail stalks with aqua, brown, and white plastic strips salvaged from a Dakar mat factory. The combination of natural and synthetic materials beautifully displays modern African artistry.

    Measures 19"D x 30"T. Sizes may very up to an 1" plus or minus, due to the handmade nature of these baskets.

    $44.00

    Ugandan artisans handcraft these beautiful, nature-inspired baskets from banana stalks coil woven with vibrantly dyed raffia. Hang the basket on the wall easily using its raffia loop, or put it to work for storage, in the garden, or on the tabletop.

    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.

    $62.00

    These patinated bronze leopard figures are adorned with circular, geometric markings. Each figure features intricate details including whiskers, eyes and artfully crafted paws.

    Only four available Leopards measure approximately 5" tall, 4.5" long, 2" wide.

    About the Artisans:

    These intricate bronze figures are handcrafted in West Africa. Leopards appear frequently in Benin art, and are representative of authority and royalty.

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

    Crafted by Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, these embroidered sheep ornaments celebrate the beloved animal and source of wool that is central to Afghan crafts.

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

    Size: approximately 2.35" x 3" x 3/4"

    Materials: Linen, thread, glass beads & cotton padding.

    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.

    Artisan crafting Mountain Aries ornament.

    Photo (c) UNHCR.

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