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Valentine's Day Gifts

This Valentine's Day, find a fair trade gift for that special someone. Show them that you care with a unique, handmade gift from Africa. 

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$28.00

Handcrafted in Zambia, these cloth buntings are perfect for parties and kids' rooms. Beautifully assorted, each bunting is unique!

Sold as a single bunting in assorted colors and patterns. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary.

Dimensions: 108"L x 8"H

Crafted from: Cloth

Made in: Zambia

About the Artisans:

In addition to coordinating our shipments out of Zambia, our dear friend Janet is also a talented seamstress. She celebrates the festive colors and patterns of cotton chitenge cloth in a 9' long heart bunting.

$14.00

Handcrafted by Kenyan artisans from soft soapstone, this heart-shaped keepsake box has a hand-dyed finish. 

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

Dimensions: 3"L x 3"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

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.

$13.00

These delightful little bird sculptures are handcrafted by artisans in Zimbabwe. Each sculpture is finished with varnish to protect against the elements but may weather slightly with long-term exposure. Handcrafted items may vary slightly.

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 1.75"W x 2"H

Crafted from: Recycled metal, paint

Made in: Zimbabwe

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

"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.

$19.00

This swinging bird decoration makes a cheerful addition to the home. A pair of wooden birds with burned details adorn the jacaranda branch seat of the raffia-wrapped wire swing.

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

Dimensions: 5.5"L x 2.5"W x 9"H

Crafted from: Wood, paint, wire, raffia

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Kamau is a talented carver and painter who specializes in bird art.

$64.00

These meaningful vases are hand-carved from a single piece of sandalwood and feature a smooth, cut-out heart as the focal point. Designs incorporate both the rough inner bark of the sandalwood tree and smooth, polished sandalwood to give each vase character and to utilize more of the tree's wood.

Fair trade from Mozambique. Sold individually, available in two different sizes. Medium measures 4.5"L x 3"W x 10"H. Large measures 12"H x 3.5"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

GreenArte is a talented and diverse pool of Mozambican wood carvers who specialize in creating figures, boxes, dishes and jewelry from sustainably sourced mpingo, sandalwood, pau ferro and cimbirre. Their focus is on using environmentally-sound materials and furthering artistic advancement in Mozambique.

 
$34.00

Sold as a set of two, these richly grained bowls are hand carved in Kenya using sustainably sourced olive wood. Designed to nest together when not in use, they are beautifully made.

Sold as a set of two. Small measures 4”L x 4”W x 1”H. Large measures 6”L x 6”W x 1.75”H. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. Hand wash for best care.

About the Artisans:

We work with representatives with Kamba artists 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 both for the individual and the community.

$32.00

These beautiful brass stud earrings are handcrafted in Kenya and are stylish modern accessories. Sold as a set of earrings with post and back ear wires. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may vary slightly.

Dimensions: 0.4"L x 0.4"W

Crafted from: Brass

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Minnie, the talented owner and designer of Nairobi's House of Cindimini says, "I design handcrafted aesthetically appealing minimalist jewelry that speaks of my passion for clean lines, understated elegance and my joy in creating from the heart."

$44.00 $58.00

These delicate, colorful bracelets bring style and texture to your wrist. The handcrafted bracelet features hishi in 24 karat gold plate and green glass accent beads, all on a clear stretchy cord.

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

Made in: Mali

$38.00

These beautiful earrings are handcrafted using brass and turquoise. Sold as a set of earrings with curved ear wires. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may vary slightly.

Dimensions: 2"L

Crafted from: Brass, turquoise

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Minnie, the talented owner and designer of Nairobi's House of Cindimini says, "I design handcrafted aesthetically appealing minimalist jewelry that speaks of my passion for clean lines, understated elegance and my joy in creating from the heart."

$14.99

JusTea's Golden Green loose leaf tea serves up warm flavors of toasted rice and coconut. This green tea is low in caffeine and packed with antioxidants. Carefully hand processed leaves are packaged in a beautiful reusable tin, paired with a hand-carved wild olive wood spoon.

JusTea is dedicated to maintaining the whole tea leaf rather than the normal maceration which destroys much of the leaf’s natural complexities and depth. This allows the tea to be steeped multiple times, retaining the full flavor profile that whole leaf tea offers.

Each 100g tin includes a hand-carved wooden spoon and makes about 40 cups or when re-steeping, 80 cups. A recyclable refill pouch is now also available. Steeping Instructions: 1 teaspoon at 175°F for 3 mins (for a second cup, re-steep 6+ mins).

See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

Tea farmer in Kenya wears a backpack basket full of tea leaves in a field of tea

The Bain family from Canada partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community in Kenya to establish JusTea®, Kenya’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Fully staffed, managed, and owned by small-scale Kenyan tea farmers, JustTea was granted one of the first tea processing licenses to produce these artisanal, direct-from-farm teas by The Tea Board of Kenya. The tea farm is nestled in the rolling green Nandi Hills where its volcanic soil naturally produces some of the world’s most flavourful tea. This small specialty factory processes a rainbow of teas: Purple, Green, Oolong and Black artisanal teas.

$14.00

Handcrafted by Kenyan artisans from soft soapstone, this heart-shaped keepsake box has a hand-dyed finish. 

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

Dimensions: 3"L x 3"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

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

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.

Dimensions: 4"L x 4.25"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

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

Featuring porcelain hearts that are formed and fired in a specially built kiln at The Leakey Collection workshop near the Rift Valley, these sweet earrings hang on sterling silver wires. Handcrafted by Maasai artisans, each pair of Follow Your Heart earrings is glazed in a soft turquoise blue, with Zulugrass and sterling silver beads added to match.

Measure 1.75"L x 0.75"W. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. 

$44.00

Upgrade your hoops to something special! These handcrafted hoop earrings in 14k gold fill are adorned with hishi beads from Kenya in mixed metals, including pot metal silver, copper and gold.

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

Approximate Size: 1.5" hoop

Made in: Mali

$8.00

These handcrafted stoppers are cast from zinc and electroplated with an antique brass finish. Each heart sits atop a standard sized cork and measures 2"-2.5"H.

Sold individually. Choose from two different styles. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

The stoppers come to us from an eco-friendly, brass casting company in South Africa known for excellent quality control and a very personal touch.

About the Artisans:

Roots of Creation is a South African company known for their innovate brass and metal products. They have been in the casting business for over 20 years, during which time they have built a reputation for high-quality and original product design.

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$26.00 $52.00

These gorgeous drop earrings feature a 24k gold-plated twist, topped with a deep ruby-red quartz bead that flashes at the earlobe.

Handmade in Mali in collaboration with designer Phyllis Woods of Tribalinks.

Measures 0.25"W x 2.5"L. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$108.00

This luxurious gabi in light pink hues 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 59"W x 87"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.

$14.99

The ladies of the Women’s Herbal Tea Co-op drink delightful hibiscus tea all day long. JusTea® has added their hand-picked, organic hibiscus to their caffeine-free herbal blend so you can sip and enjoy the same tea as the Kenyan women do! Little Berry Hibiscus is a beautiful burst of color: pink hibiscus petals, purple berries, green lemongrass and red rooibos, with vibrant, tart notes of hibiscus and sweet berries. It is also delicious over ice. Your tea purchase directly benefits the Women’s Co-op.

JusTea is dedicated to maintaining the whole tea leaf rather than the normal maceration which destroys much of the leaf’s natural complexities and depth. This allows the tea to be steeped multiple times, retaining the full flavor profile that whole leaf tea offers.

Each 115g tin includes a hand-carved wooden spoon and makes about 40 cups or when re-steeping, 80 cups. A recyclable refill pouch is now also available. Steeping Instructions: 1 teaspoon of tea per cup of 205°F water for 4-5 mins.    

See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

Tea farmer in Kenya wears a backpack basket full of tea leaves in a field of tea

The Bain family from Canada partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community in Kenya to establish JusTea®, Kenya’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Fully staffed, managed, and owned by small-scale Kenyan tea farmers, JustTea was granted one of the first tea processing licenses to produce these artisanal, direct-from-farm teas by The Tea Board of Kenya. The tea farm is nestled in the rolling green Nandi Hills where its volcanic soil naturally produces some of the world’s most flavourful tea. This small specialty factory processes a rainbow of teas: Purple, Green, Oolong and Black artisanal teas.

$125.00

Kenyan artisans hand carve soapstone to create this beautiful one of a kind bowl. Soapstone is un-dyed and showcases the natural grain and coloration of the stone. Polished to a smooth finish, it truly is a work of art!

Only one available. Bowl measures approximately 16"W x 3"T.

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

Kamba artisans in Kenya hand carve this beautifully useful wooden cooking spoon from wild olive wood. The creamy white cow bone handle is dressed up with a dyed zigzag pattern.

The spoons are carved from a single piece of sustainably sourced olive wood. Care: hand wash in warm water, dry, and occasionally condition with olive oil. Measures 12"L x 3.5"W x 1"H.

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, and their community.

$28.00

"The world is truly round and seems to start and end with those we love."

Beautifully screen printed, this statement tote bag showcases Nelson Mandela's quotation, "The world is truly round and seems to start and end with those we love."

Size: 13.5"L x 4"W x 15"T (to top of bag), 24"T (to top of handles). Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may 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.

$16.00

These vibrant heart dishes are hand-carved from solid soapstone in Kenya. The dishes are dyed to rich hues using natural plant dyes.

The dishes make great catch-alls for any occasion and are fair trade. Sold singly. Measure approximately 4"L x 4"W x 1"H.

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

Formed and fired in a specially built kiln at The Leakey Collection workshop near the Rift Valley, porcelain hearts are showcased in these sweet earrings hung on sterling silver wires. Handcrafted by Maasai artisans, each pair of Melt My Heart earrings is glazed in a beautiful soft pink, with Zulugrass and sterling silver beads added to match.

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. 

Dimensions: 1.75"L x 0.75"W

Crafted from: Grass, porcelain, glaze, sterling silver

Made in: Kenya

$34.99

JusTea Trios bring together three delicious flavors of Kenyan tea in one gorgeous ready-to-give gift set! The Purple Tea Trio gift box contains three interlocking tins filled with JusTea's award-winning Purple Jasmine, Purple Rain and Purple Chocolate loose-leaf teas,a loose-leaf tea infuser with a dual-use coaster lid, and a wild olive wood spoon. Information about the small-scale tea production in Kenya, and steeping instructions for each flavor included.

Sold as a gift set.

Meet JusTea's farmers

JusTea is dedicated to maintaining the whole tea leaf rather than the normal maceration which destroys much of the leaf’s natural complexities and depth. This allows the tea to be steeped multiple times, retaining the full flavor profile that whole leaf tea offers.

See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

Tea farmer in Kenya wears a backpack basket full of tea leaves in a field of tea

The Bain family from Canada partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community in Kenya to establish JusTea®, Kenya’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Fully staffed, managed, and owned by small-scale Kenyan tea farmers, JustTea was granted one of the first tea processing licenses to produce these artisanal, direct-from-farm teas by The Tea Board of Kenya. The tea farm is nestled in the rolling green Nandi Hills where its volcanic soil naturally produces some of the world’s most flavourful tea. This small specialty factory processes a rainbow of teas: Purple, Green, Oolong and Black artisanal teas.

$185.00

Wolof women in the West African nation of Senegal hand-weave baskets in the traditional coil weaving method, using natural grass. Interweaving colorful strips of plastic, salvaged from a mat factory in Dakar, the weavers brighten up the baskets and create designs.

Cattails grow abundantly in rural Senegal, making this natural grass a sustainable choice. The Wolof women earn a sustainable income from basket weaving, while enriching homes around the world with modern African craftsmanship.

This amply-sized laundry hamper basket features braided plastic handles and a snug-fitting removable lid.

Dimensions: 16"L x 16"W x 26-28"H

Crafted from: Typha (cattail) stalks, plastic

Made in: Senegal

Due to the handmade nature of this item, some variation is expected. Read our Statement on Handmade Variation to learn more. Fair trade.

$44.00

Interweaving natural and dyed grasses to create intricate patterns, Tanzanian artisans hand-craft these stylish baskets. The baskets are named for the weaver, Maila, who perfected the new woven design.

These all-natural baskets are handwoven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania. The milulu makes durable baskets, which can be rinsed with cool water and reshaped as needed.

Sold individually; choose from 3 sizes. Approximate measurements: Small 10" wide x 10" tall; Medium 12" wide x 12" tall; Large 13" wide x 13" tall. Because this product is handmade, size and design placement will vary.

About the Artisans:

Tanzanian woman artisan, weaving Maila baskets

Vikapu Bomba embodies the vision of Catherine Shembilu to create sustainable income for talented, rural Tanzanian women. For many women living in the lush southern highlands, life centers around subsistence farming, cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. Women can weave baskets between their other duties, working daily to earn money to pay school fees, buy food, procure farming supplies and contribute to savings. When a woman has money of her own to use or share, she has greater influence over her life and future.

Milulu grass reeds can be harvested carefully from the marsh without removing the entire plant. The reeds are dried in the sun, dyed with natural dyes, and split for weaving. The closeness to the earth of both maker and product gives these beautifully crafted baskets natural appeal.

$42.00

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.

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

Dimensions: 8.5"L x 8.5"W x 8.5"H

Crafted from: Cattail stalks, plastic strips

Made in: Senegal

$12.00

Kenyan wood carvers handcraft these unique keepsake hearts for safari enthusiasts and animal lovers. Each heart is hand carved from pale jacaranda wood and finished with a stained giraffe print finish.

Sold individually.

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Jacaranda wood, stain

Made in: Kenya

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.

$12.00

Kenyan wood carvers handcraft these unique keepsake hearts for safari enthusiasts and animal lovers. Each heart is hand carved from pale jacaranda wood and finished with a stained giraffe print finish.

Sold individually.

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Jacaranda wood, stain

Made in: Kenya

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.

$18.00

Showcasing un-dyed soapstone in this beautiful heart shaped dish, 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 6"L x 6"W x 1"H. Size may vary slightly.

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.

$14.99

Did you know that all tea comes from the jade green leaves of the tea tree - except for a new purple tea? This unique cultivar yields beautiful, vibrant purple leaves! Grown organically on small Kenyan farms, JusTea® purple tea leaves are naturally purple because they contain anthocyanins, the same super antioxidants found in other purple plants like blueberries and pomegranates. A cup of low-caffeine Purple Jasmine is fresh and delicate, with light, floral notes of spring jasmine and honey. The enchanting fragrance of real jasmine blossoms creates the perfect pairing of tea and flowers with an added bonus: if you add a few drops of lemon to the steeped tea, the super-antioxidants will react to enhance a beautiful purple/pink colour change!

JusTea is dedicated to maintaining the whole tea leaf rather than the normal maceration which destroys much of the leaf’s natural complexities and depth. This allows the tea to be steeped multiple times, retaining the full flavor profile that whole leaf tea offers.

Each 90g tin includes a hand-carved wooden spoon and makes about 40 cups or when re-steeping, 80 cups. A recyclable refill pouch is now also available. Steeping Instructions: 1 teaspoon of tea per cup of 175°F water for 2 mins.

See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

Tea farmer in Kenya wears a backpack basket full of tea leaves in a field of tea

The Bain family from Canada partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community in Kenya to establish JusTea®, Kenya’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Fully staffed, managed, and owned by small-scale Kenyan tea farmers, JustTea was granted one of the first tea processing licenses to produce these artisanal, direct-from-farm teas by The Tea Board of Kenya. The tea farm is nestled in the rolling green Nandi Hills where its volcanic soil naturally produces some of the world’s most flavourful tea. This small specialty factory processes a rainbow of teas: Purple, Green, Oolong and Black artisanal teas.

$10.00

These beautiful heart keepsakes are hand carved from soft Kisii soapstone by artisans in Western Kenya, then hand painted with a colorful rainbow design at a Nairobi workshop.

Measures 2.75"L x 2.75"W x 2.25"H. Due to the handmade 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.

$27.00 $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.
  • $27.00 $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

    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. 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. Wear long as a necklace or wrapped around your neck as a choker. Necklace shown may not portray actual color combination.

    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!

    Sold as a set of six bracelets with an informative card.

    Dimensions: 26"L

    Crafted from: Zulugrass, glass beads, elastic

    Made in: Kenya

    $56.00

    Talented welders and metal artisans craft these uniquely designed reversible metal tea light candle holders from washers and other salvaged metal pieces. These lovely luminaries create a warm glow while showcasing the softly flickering flame inside.

    Dimensions: 6.5” W x 5.25” H

    Crafted from: Metal

    Made in: Kenya

    About the Artisans:

    Just south of Nairobi, Tom and his team of five create their unique designs by welding nuts, washers and metal rods. Tom and his small team of craftsmen keep their designs refreshingly simple.


    $58.00

    Kenyan artisans hand carve natural soapstone to craft these beautiful bookends that are polished to a smooth finish. Although colors are predominantly white, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a variation - with veining that can vary to gray and pink.

    Sold as a set of bookends. Because these are handmade items crafted from a varying natural material, each is unique.

    Dimensions: 10"L x 3"W x 6"H (each side is 5" long)

    Crafted from: Soapstone

    Made in: Kenya

    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.

    $14.00

    Handcrafted by Kenyan artisans from soft soapstone, this heart-shaped keepsake box has a hand-dyed finish. 

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

    Dimensions: 3"L x 3"W x 1.5"H

    Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

    Made in: Kenya

    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.

    $15.00

    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.

    Sold singly.

    Dimensions: 6.5"L x 2"W x 2.5"H

    Crafted from: Recycled metal, paint

    Made in: Zimbabwe

    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

    $20.00

    Kamba artisans in Kenya hand carve this beautiful and useful wooden serving spoon from wild olive wood. A gorgeous spiral handle makes this piece too pretty to hide away in a drawer.

    To care for this all natural serving utensil, hand wash the spoon in warm water, dry and rub lightly with oil.

    Sold singly.

    Dimensions: 13"L x 3"W x 1"H

    Crafted from: Wild olive wood

    Made in: Kenya

    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.


    $18.00

    In Zimbabwe, sculptors weld recycled metal to create these lovely sculptures of colorful birds fluttering their wings. Each sculpture is finished with varnish to protect against the elements. Handcrafted items may vary slightly.

    Choose from Yellow, Blue, or Red.

    Each bird measures approximately 5"L x 6"W x 4"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
    $21.00

    In rural Kenya, skilled women weavers create baskets from durable, sustainable sisal fibers, harvested from the Agave Sisalana plant. This small storage basket is woven with a matching lid, making it perfect for packaging a little gift or using on the countertop to corral small items.

    Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each may vary slightly. We recommend spraying the sisal lightly with cold water to reshape your baskets.

    Dimensions: 4.5"L x 4.5"W x 5"H

    Crafted from: Sisal

    Made in: Kenya

    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!

    $20.00

    These delightful little robin sculptures are handcrafted by artisans in Zimbabwe. Each sculpture features a heart held in its beak, and is finished with varnish to protect against the elements.

    Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. Weathering is expected if sculpture is exposed to the elements over time.

    Dimensions: 8"L x 3"W x 4"H

    Crafted from: Recycled metal, paint

    Made in: Zimbabwe

    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

    "The world is truly round and seems to start and end with those we love."

    Stash cosmetics, art supplies, or other small items in this sweet pouch from South Africa! Beautifully screen printed, fully lined, backed with a coordinating pattern fabric, and finished with a contrasting zipper; showcases the Nelson Mandela quotation, "The world is truly round and seems to start and end with those we love."

    Size: 12.5"L x 1.25"W 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.

    $38.00

    Handcrafted from sustainably harvested olive wood, this beautiful heart-shaped tray features a cutout heart that doubles as embellishment and for hanging the tray when not in use.

    The simple shape of the tray, hand-carved by Kamba people living in the bush of Eastern Kenya, allows for the the dramatic grain of the olive wood tree to shine through.

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

    Care instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water, rinse and dry. Rub wood lightly with mineral or olive oil before storing.

    Dimensions: 12"L x 6"W

    Crafted from: Wild olive wood

    Made in: Kenya

    About the Artisans:

    We work with representatives with Kamba artists to obtain these hand-carved works of beauty derived from the olive wood tree. The artisans benefit greatly from the sale of their works, wtih marked improvements being seen both for the individual and the community.

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    $10.00

    These tiny bowls are hand-carved from the olive wood tree in Kenya, with special care being taken to highlight interesting areas of the wood's grain and natural curvature. These can be used as a small serving piece filled with treats or condiments, or use it as a ring dish.

    Sold individually.

    Dimensions: 1.25 L x 2W

    Crafted from: olive wood

    Made in: Kenya

    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.

    $38.00

    This stately woman with her red dress and headscarf is cast in Burkina Faso using the lost wax method, which uses hand-formed wax to create a cast for the molten bronze. Each sculpture is completely one-of-a-kind, so color and shape may vary slightly.

    Dimensions: 2"L x 2.5"W x 6"H

    Crafted from: Metal

    Made in: Burkina Faso

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