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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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$42.00

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.

$18.00

These beautifully contoured heart-shaped bowls are handcrafted from soft Kenyan soapstone, then dyed with either a vibrant pink or red finish and an etched giraffe print pattern.

Measures 6"L x 5.5"W x 0.5"T. Fair trade.

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 gorgeous rhino bottle stoppers are handblown from recycled glass in South Africa. A beautiful gift, or handcrafted staple in your kitchen, each sits atop a standard cork.

Sold individually, available in four different styles.

Rhino measures: 2.25"L x 1.25"W x 1.75"T.

Hippo measures: 1.75"L x 1.25"W x 2.75"T.

Giraffe measures: 1.5"L x 1.25"W x 4.5"T.

Elephant measures: 1.5"L x 1.25"W x 3.25"T.

Due to the handcrafted nature of these bottle stoppers, each may vary slightly.

$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.

Measures approximately 12"L x 6"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. For best care, hand wash and occasionally rub with olive oil.

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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$28.00

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

Measures 12"D x 3"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these baskets, they are assorted, and the colorful striping of each basket will vary. Each is unique, and beautifully handcrafted!

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$24.00

Kamba artisans in Kenya hand carve this beautifully useful wooden cooking spoon from wild olive wood. The carved cow bone handle features a batik-dyed polka dot 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.

$36.00

Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-carved soapstone box adorned with a beautiful vine design, this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

Gift set includes:

  • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya.
  • One green soapstone box from Kenya. Measures 3"L x 3"W x 1"T.
  • $28.00

    Featuring glazed 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 these white Heart and Soul earrings has 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. 

    $68.00

    These delicate, colorful hoops will be your new favorite earrings for special occasions. The handcrafted hoop earrings, in 24 karat gold plate, are adorned with gold-plated hishi beads and dainty Swarovski crystals.

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

    Approximate Size: 2" hoop

    Made in: Mali

    $48.00

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

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

    About the Artisans:

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

    $162.00

    Using a lost-wax casting method to create this beautiful work of modern African art, metal sculptors in Burkina Faso leave a portion of the metal untouched by glaze to allow the expecting couple's lustrous gold attire to shine.

    Measures 4"L x 4"W x 7"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each may vary slightly.

    $78.00

    Treat someone special with this Deluxe Self Care Gift Basket!

    This fabulous basket is filled with fair trade African skin care & accessories, chosen to pamper and please.

      • Zambia Organic Soaps are made from all-natural ingredients, including high quality essential oils, plant extracts, leaves, and blossoms.  Choose from these delightful scents: Lavender, Spearmint, Sweet Basil, Cassia (sold out), or Lemongrass.
      • 3-pack of Zambeezi Balms are made with organically grown, fair trade beeswax, mongongo, and essential oils to leave lips feeling soothed, pampered and protected.  These tart, tangy balms come in a pack with three scents included: tangerine, lemongrass and suncare.
      • The Leakey Collection Marula Oil LCMO1 is made from oil-rich kernels in East Africa. It provides long-lasting hydration, soothes redness and irritation, and leaves skin glowing with a matte finish.
      • Shea Butter, by Lulu Life, is an organic, Grade A virgin shea butter. Lulu Life Shea Butter is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa. Choose from a variety of lovely scents, including:
        • Lavender
        • Mayan Gold (an earthy, citrus blend)
        • Vanilla Bean
        • Lulu Delight (a blend of myrrh, wild basil, and florals)
        • or Pure Lulu Unscented.
      • Leakey Collection Cause Bracelet, with proceeds from each bracelet dedicated to a project that benefits Maasai women artisans, their families, and their community. Choose from: Beads for Girls Graduation, Healthy Gardens, Clean Water, or Learning Cause Bracelets.

    All of these wonderful, handcrafted products are packed with care into a classic elephant grass Baby Bolga Basket with a black or brown leather handle. Each basket is woven by women in Ghana who have mastered the traditional weaving skill, providing for their families. Baskets will vary slightly.

    $36.00

    Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-woven sisal giving basket ornament with a fitted lid, this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

    Gift set includes:

    • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya. 
    • One pink giving basket ornament from Rwanda. Measures  4-5" tall, 2-3" wide, with a 3" string.
    $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 the rough inner bark of the sandalwood tree to give each vase character and to utilize more of the tree's wood.

    Fair trade from Mozambique. Measures 12"H x 3.5"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variations may occur.

    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.

     

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    $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.

    $38.00

    Using sustainably-sourced jacaranda wood, Kenyan wood carvers craft this pair of giraffes with their necks crossed and heads facing opposite directions. A colorful coat of paint brightens each sculpture.

    Size: [Small] 3.5"L x 3"W x 12"T; [Tall] 3"L x 3"W x 18"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

    About the Artisans:

    We work with an amazing co-op in Kenya, the Gikomba Wood Carving Cooperative, a group of woodcarvers of all ages who work in an open-air workshop in Nairobi. This environmentally-responsible group takes care to legally procure all types of African wood used in their products, and they are skilled at using all parts of the tree in their artwork.

    Gikomba Wood Carving Cooperative
    $24.00

    Handcrafted by Kenyan artisans from soft soapstone, this heart-shaped keepsake box has a hand-dyed finish with a simple message: "love lives here." Makes a thoughtful gift for young and old to share.

    Measures 3.5"L x 1"T.  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.

    $36.00

    These vibrantly colored bowl baskets make storage beautiful in any room of the home. Handwoven from durable elephant grass and hand-dyed a beautiful red, these baskets are stylish and made to last. 

    Sold individually. 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 may occur. 

    $72.00

    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.

    $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.

    $12.00

    Kenyan artisans handcraft this sweet Valentine's Day keepsake, forming eco-friendly hearts from colorful recycled flip flop foam.

    Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary depending on the colors of flip flop material available and the artisan's design. See photos for some examples.

    Sold individually. 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

    $30.00

    Our unique spark plug sculptures are handmade in Burkina Faso using discarded, cleaned, and varnished spark plugs. No two sculptures are the same, with each spark plug retaining their original color coding. A firm metal base makes each sculpture freestanding.

    Measures approximately 3"L x 3"W x 6"T.

    About the Artisans:

    The Ilboudo brothers lead a small team of metal artisans in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Originating from an artisan incubator known as Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou (VAO), the artists create a series of amusing portrayals of everyday life from spark plugs and recycled metal for both local sale and export. Their whimsical recycled art reflects the light-hearted nature of many Burkinabe people and appeals to collectors around the world..

    $28.00

    This unique keepsake storage box is handcrafted by Kenyan artisans from soft soapstone which has a hand-dyed finish with a simple message: "love is love." Makes a thoughtful gift for young and old.

    Measures 8"L x 2"W x 2"T. Because this box is carved from natural soapstone, variations in coloration should be 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.

    $36.00

    Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-carved heart soapstone box adorned with colorful hearts, this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

    Gift set includes:

  • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya.
  • One heart-shaped soapstone box from Kenya. 2.75"L x 2.75"W x 1.25"T.
  • $38.00

    Kenyan artisans handcraft thoughtful vibrant colored keepsakes from soft soapstone. A perfect small gift, each heart is hand carved, then brightened with a colorful dyed finish, and hand etched with "je t'aime" in script.

    Sold by the dozen.2"W x 2"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, they 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.

    $20.00

    Handwoven in Senegal, these mini baskets are crafted using coils of natural grasses, woven together with up-cycled plastic strips in a rainbow of colors. Each basket includes a fitted lid and knob for easy on-and-off.

    The baskets are a great way to deliver gifts or hold small treasures. Measures 5.5"D x 6.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. 

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    $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.

    $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.

    $44.00

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

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

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

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

    $14.50

    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. 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.

    $34.00

    These natural grass baskets are tightly woven by expert weavers in Ghana. A smaller version of our kettle basket, they feature a vibrant pink pattern (patterns vary), a pear-shaped bottom and a swing handle. 

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

    Measures 8"D x 6"T (9" to top of handle). Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, patterns are varied and some variation is expected in size and coloration. See photos for examples.

    $55.00

    In these gorgeous natural works of art, Zimbabwean wood carvers highlight the beauty of sustainably sourced mahogany wood through simple, classic lines. Each bowl is handcrafted so each may vary slightly.

    Sold individually. Choose from three sizes:

    [Small] 13-14"D x 5"T

    [Medium] 15-16"D x 5"T

    [Large] 17-18.5"D x 5"T

    [Extra Large] 19-20"W x 5"H

    Care: Hand wash in warm water and occasionally rub with olive oil.

    Due to the handcrafted nature of these bowls, variation is expected.

    Made in: Zimbabwe

    About the Artisans:

    African mahogany, or Khaya anthotheca, yields one of the most important woods in many parts of Africa. It is hard, works easily and has a handsome grain, making it a beautiful wood for carvers to create these stunning salad bowls .

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    $24.00

    This unique set of salad servers are handcrafted from beautifully grained wild olive wood and accented with bleached cow bone. With ample scoops, the set complements smaller salad bowls nicely.

    The shorter size of these servers offer ease in serving salads, with interesting tips on the handles made from highly polished and sanitized cow bone.

    Sold individually. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly; decoration on bone tips will vary.

    Approximate Size: 8.25"L x 3"W

    Made in: Kenya

    Care: Hand wash in warm water and occasionally rub with olive oil.

    About the Artisans:

    Kenyan artists hand-carved works of beauty derived from the olive wood tree. The olive wood tree is sacred to Kenyans and appreciated worldwide for its beautiful grain patterns and durability.

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    $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.

    $44.00

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

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

    About the Artisans:

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

    $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.
  • $18.00

    Wood artisans in Zambia hand carve these beautiful small bowls in a rustic, rough-hewn heart shape. When paired with the matching spoon, the bowl is perfect for serving condiments, olives or small desserts. Teak has a lovely dark tone and intricate grain, so a light coating of oil highlights the natural beauty of these handmade serving pieces.

    Size: [Bowl] 4"L x 3.25"W x 0.5"T; [Spoon] 3.5"L x 0.5"W x 0.25"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. For best care, hand wash and occasionally rub with olive oil.

    About the Artisans:

    These gentlemen work from a small thatched roof hut workshop inside a historic village in Lusaka, Zambia. Built in the 1930s and 40s as what the Zambian government considered appropriate housing for single male workers, a few thatched huts, or rondavels, have been restored to serve as artisan workshops. Tourists and locals visit Kabwata Cultural Village for locally-crafted gifts and souvenirs, as well as traditional performances of song and dance. The men who comprise the small group known as "Carvers of Kabwata Cultural Village" carve beautiful wooden bowls from muzumina and teak. The carvers are proud to now export their handcrafted serving pieces to the United States.

    $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.
  • $14.50

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    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. 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 sweet 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 filled with treats, condiments, nuts, etc. and are useful for entertaining.

    Sold individually. Each measures 1.25” L x 2”W; size may vary slightly due to the handmade nature of this product.

    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.

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    $28.00

    Three beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass come packaged inside fun Gift Rounds. Choose a color combination that reminds you of a specific personality - yours or for a special gift recipient.

    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. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

    Wear all 3 strands together or 1 or 2 at a time.

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    $24.00

    This modern interpretation of a Maasai cuff handcrafted by an artisan named Florence brings together a rainbow of colorful beads with cow bone spacers and a snapping leather closure.

    Fits most. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

    About the Artisans:

    John Kimani helps youth from urban Nairobi to create salable art that helps the teenagers to support their families and learn about how to run small businesses. His co-op's artwork is at once rustic, heartwarming, and light-hearted.

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    $38.00

    Kenyan artisans salvage small scraps of wild olive wood from larger projects by hand carving the discards into sweet little hearts. The addition of metal hardware takes a beautiful piece of wood and transforms it into a useful piece of pocket art you can carry anywhere.

    Sold as a set of four. Because this is a handcrafted item, each key ring may vary slightly.

    Each heart measures 1.5"W x 1.5"T.

    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.

    $64.00

    Sold as a set of two, these richly grained bowls are carved by Kamba people living in the bush of Eastern Kenya using sustainably sourced olive wood.

    Small measures 6"L x 5.75"W. Large measures 8"L x 6"W. Hand wash for best care.

    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.

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    $9.00

    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. 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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