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Wedding Gifts

Home decor, art pieces, and practical utensils: we have fair trade wedding gifts to celebrate the happy couple's union. 

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$124.00

This large mudcloth blanket is handmade in Mali using locally grown cotton. The cotton is woven into strips of thick canvas, stitched together, and then roll painted with traditional Malian designs.

Measures approximately 46"W x 72"L. Fair trade; due to the handmade nature of this blanket, patterns will vary. Hemmed borders at top and bottom; as typical with authentic mudcloth, the backside is unfinished. For best care, hand wash in cool water and air dry.

About the Artisans:

Mali Chic is a collaboration of 195 artisans that sells its products through a boutique in Bamako and through international exports. Artisans work from home, in their own workshops or on-site at Mali Chic, and child labor is never used. Mali Chic provides artisans with 50% advances on all orders and pay a fair price for their products.

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$425.00

These tall, striking giraffe planters are crafted from washers, nuts and other salvaged metal pieces by talented welders and metal artisans in Kenya. These sculptures make an eye-catching garden feature when filled with seasonal planting.

The sculptures can be displayed inside or outside of the home and are one-of-a-kind. Because they are made of metal, the sculptures will develop a patina when exposed to the elements. The bowl of the planter is porous, so consideration should be given during planting.

Size may vary slightly due to the handmade nature of this item. Available in a 4' size and a 5' size.

Extra shipping fees are required for this oversized item. Please scroll down for more information.

About Shipping:

Shipping for oil drum sculptures requires a pallet and starts at $200. With freight costs increasing in 2021, we have seen costs as high as $400-$650.

After your purchase, we will work with a freight company to determine the exact shipping cost for the pallet to your location, from our warehouse in Oregon. We will contact you via email about the additional shipping fees.

We can also create this shipping quote at any time during the ordering process! Please email us at info@swahilimodern.com with your full shipping address to get started.

About the Artisans:

Moses and his small workshop of craftsmen build their own welding machines out of copper coil, tape, steel rod, and a sheet metal housing in order to create these spectacular metal works of art. Moses began his artistic career making furniture, but quickly switched to sculpture after an interested European buyer created a demand for his works abroad.

$34.00

These useful rare baskets are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets," the baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.

Nomadic baskets are sold in three useful nesting sizes and are adorned with white beads. Because these baskets are handcrafted, each will vary slightly.

Each basket is tightly knit and is designed to last a lifetime. [L] 7.5"D x 5"T [M] 5.5"D x 4"T [S] 4.5"D x 4"T. 

About the Artisans:

For the pastoral communities of northern Kenya, life pivots on the coming of rain and the survival of livestock. When the skies open, the landscape becomes lush and fragrant. Cattle and goats drink and forage near home and families stay together. In times of drought, warriors must travel far to find water for their herds, leaving women and children at home alone to endure dry seasons of unknown length as the streams, earth and trees dry around them.

Where they were once only allowed to own milk, Samburu women now own camels, plus they earn income by making baskets, processing meat and hides, keeping bees and refining honey. Through this shift in property control and a general increase in literacy in the region, Samburu women have become valued contributing community members.

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$24.00

Known for its brilliant grain patterns and durability, the wild olive tree native to East Africa is used by Kenyan artisans to hand carve useful salad servers. This set has a pleasantly curved pendulum shape and handles adorned with bleached cow bone.

Size: 9.5"L x 3.5"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. Hand wash only.

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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$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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$135.00

This beautiful throw is crafted in Mali with handmade cotton mudcloth in a dyed intricate line design with an expanding square pattern.

Measures 46"W x 72"L. Natural cotton that is carded, spun, woven and dyed by hand may include variations in color and texture. This is an expected feature of handmade cloth.

About the Artisans:

Le Ndomo is a social enterprise created to address the unemployment problem of young people who have not had the chance to study or to attend school. Ndomo aims to give these young people training with local knowledge: In addition to technical training, it also aims to assist young people in life by facilitating their socialization and by giving them values that will increase the quality of their lives; responsibility, personal commitment, work and solidarity, in strict compliance with the values of traditional African society.

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$64.00

These large, soft pillows from Le Ndomo in Mali feature handmade cotton mudcloth and include a pillow insert. Intricate line designs in an expanding square pattern are hand-dyed.

The pillows are finished on the backside in a foldover enclosure. The cover measures 18"x 18" and insert measures 20" x 20". Natural cotton that is carded, spun, woven and dyed by hand may include variations in color and texture. This is an expected feature of handmade cloth.

About the Artisans:

Le Ndomo is a social enterprise created to address the unemployment problem of young people who have not had the chance to study or to attend school. Ndomo aims to give these young people training with local knowledge: In addition to technical training, it also aims to assist young people in life by facilitating their socialization and by giving them values that will increase the quality of their lives; responsibility, personal commitment, work and solidarity, in strict compliance with the values of traditional African society.

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$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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$9.50

Ajiri tea is produced at the Nyansiongo Tea Factory, a Rain Forest Alliance Certified cooperative owned by local small-scale farmers in Kenya. Sold in 20-bag packages, these fair trade teas are high in antioxidants and remarkably fresh, bold, and flavorful.

Each box of tea features unique artwork that is handmade using dried banana leaves and natural paper. The bag is tied with twine made of dried banana leaves and decorated with recycled magazine beads.

All profits from sales of Ajiri Tea are donated to the Ajiri Foundation, which pays school fees for orphans in western Kenya. Net weight is 1 oz. Artwork is one-of-a-kind and will vary.

"Ajiri" means to employ in Swahili, the national language of Kenya. Through the sale of Ajiri tea, the Ajiri Foundation creates employment for women and to educate orphans in western Kenya. The aim is to form a sustainable cycle of community employment and education while also supporting local farmers and practicing sustainable farming techniques.

$34.00

These wide servers, styled after ginkgo leaves for the modern home, are handcrafted by Kenyan wood carvers using beautifully grained wild olive wood and perfectly complement wooden salad bowls.

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

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

Approximate Size: 8.5"L x 5"W x 0.5"T

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.

$21.00

Hand carved from sustainably sourced wood in Kenya, our fromage tray is perfect for presenting gourmet cheeses at your next gathering. The handle features a hole for hanging when not in use.

Because this item is handmade from a natural material, variations in grain and coloration are to be expected. For best care, hand wash and occasionally rub with olive oil.

Sold individually.

Approximate Size: 8"L x 4.25"W

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, with marked improvements being seen both for the individual and the community.

$48.00

Exquisite in both design and craftsmanship, this reversible table runner is completely handmade, from the locally sourced cotton produced in Ethiopia, to the spinning of the thread, and the weaving of the fabric.

This handcrafted runner is soft to the touch, with a textural quality from the handspun cotton that simply cannot be imitated by factory production.

Runner is made with 100% Ethiopian cotton and measures 13" x 70". Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

Sabahar is an Ethiopian company that produces uniquely designed, hand made cotton and silk textiles that are entirely handcrafted from natural fibers grown and processed in Ethiopia.

Kathy Marshall, a Canadian by birth who has lived in Ethiopia over 20 years, founded Sabahar in 2004. Her passion for preserving and celebrating the rich weaving tradition of Ethiopia, combined with her desire to create respectful and ethical work opportunities for marginalized people have laid the foundation for the company.

$98.00

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots with designs woven in black and/or natural rust colors. 

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.

About the Artisans:

Bridget Meyer

We're proud to source these beautiful baskets from Bridget Meyer, each handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$98.00

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots with designs woven in black and/or natural rust colors. 

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.

About the Artisans:

Bridget Meyer

We're proud to source these beautiful baskets from Bridget Meyer, each handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$98.00

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman's most useful and valuable possession. Meticulously harvesting the tough roots of the Makenge bush, boiling until soft, coloring the roots with natural plant dyes, many steps must occur before weaving begins. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots with designs woven in black and/or natural rust colors.

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.

About the Artisans:


We are happy to present new makenge wedding baskets from Bridget Meyer, former owner of Toka Imports, handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots and natural dyes. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman's most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practicallyâ to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and riceâ or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$98.00

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots with designs woven in black and/or natural rust colors. 

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.

About the Artisans:

Bridget Meyer

We're proud to source these beautiful baskets from Bridget Meyer, each handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$98.00

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman's most useful and valuable possession. Meticulously harvesting the tough roots of the Makenge bush, boiling until soft, coloring the roots with natural plant dyesâ many steps must occur before weaving begins. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots with designs woven in black and/or natural rust colors.

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.

About the Artisans:


We are happy to present new makenge wedding baskets from Bridget Meyer, former owner of Toka Imports, handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots and natural dyes. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman's most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practicallyâ to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and riceâ or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$98.00

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman's most useful and valuable possession. Meticulously harvesting the tough roots of the Makenge bush, boiling until soft, coloring the roots with natural plant dyesâ many steps must occur before weaving begins. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots with designs woven in black and/or natural rust colors.

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.


We are happy to present new makenge wedding baskets from Bridget Meyer, former owner of Toka Imports, handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots and natural dyes. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practicallyâ winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice, or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$98.00

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots with designs woven in black and/or natural rust colors. 

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.

About the Artisans:

Bridget Meyer

We're proud to source these beautiful baskets from Bridget Meyer, each handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$98.00

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots with designs woven in black and/or natural rust colors. 

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.

About the Artisans:

Bridget Meyer

We're proud to source these beautiful baskets from Bridget Meyer, each handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$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.

$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.

$150.00

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 18"W x 4.5"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.

$135.00

This beautiful throw is handcrafted in Mali. Cotton mud cloth is dyed an intricate, pattern in earth tones. 

Measures approximately 46"W x 72"L. Natural cotton that is carded, spun, woven and dyed by hand may include variations in color and texture. This is an expected feature of handmade cloth.

About the Artisans:


Le Ndomo is a social enterprise created to address the unemployment problem of young people who have not had the chance to study or to attend school. Ndomo aims to give these young people training with local knowledge: In addition to technical training, it also aims to assist young people in life by facilitating their socialization and by giving them values that will increase the quality of their lives; responsibility, personal commitment, work and solidarity, in strict compliance with the values of traditional African society.

$135.00

This beautiful throw is handcrafted in Mali. Cotton mud cloth is dyed in a striped pattern. 

Measures approximately 46"W x 72"L. Natural cotton that is carded, spun, woven and dyed by hand may include variations in color and texture. This is an expected feature of handmade cloth.

About the Artisans:


Le Ndomo is a social enterprise created to address the unemployment problem of young people who have not had the chance to study or to attend school. Ndomo aims to give these young people training with local knowledge: In addition to technical training, it also aims to assist young people in life by facilitating their socialization and by giving them values that will increase the quality of their lives; responsibility, personal commitment, work and solidarity, in strict compliance with the values of traditional African society.

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$135.00

This beautiful throw is handcrafted in Mali. Cotton mud cloth is dyed an intricate, triangle striped design in black and white.

Measures approximately 46"W x 72"L. Natural cotton that is carded, spun, woven and dyed by hand may include variations in color and texture. This is an expected feature of handmade cloth.

About the Artisans:


Le Ndomo is a social enterprise created to address the unemployment problem of young people who have not had the chance to study or to attend school. Ndomo aims to give these young people training with local knowledge: In addition to technical training, it also aims to assist young people in life by facilitating their socialization and by giving them values that will increase the quality of their lives; responsibility, personal commitment, work and solidarity, in strict compliance with the values of traditional African society.

$115.00

Featuring a navy checkerboard diamond pattern, these limited edition navy elephant grass Bolga baskets are perfect to hold houseplants or to create beautiful storage. Handwoven out of stiff elephant grass, these eco-conscious and indispensable planter baskets stand the test of time and can also be easily cleaned and re-shaped with water.

 Limited edition, only three available in this style.

A: Measures 20" wide (13" width opening), 13.5" tall. Shown with 12" pot inside.

B: Measures 19" wide (12" width opening), 13" tall.

c: Measures 18" wide (12" width opening), 12" tall.

$125.00

Woven by Wolof craftswomen, these African hampers feature a dotted pattern crafted using plastic strips recycled from prayer mat factories. Designed with durability in mind, each basket features a flat lid and cutout handles.

Measures 14"D x 19"T.

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

$28.00

These useful rare baskets are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets," the baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.

Nomadic baskets are sold in three useful nesting sizes. Because these baskets are handcrafted, each will vary slightly. Each basket is tightly knit and is designed to last a lifetime.

Large: 7.5"D x 5"H
Medium: 5.5"D x 4"H
Small: 4.5"D x 4"H

About the Artisans:

For the pastoral communities of northern Kenya, life pivots on the coming of rain and the survival of livestock. When the skies open, the landscape becomes lush and fragrant. Cattle and goats drink and forage near home and families stay together. In times of drought, warriors must travel far to find water for their herds, leaving women and children at home alone to endure dry seasons of unknown length as the streams, earth and trees dry around them.

Where they were once only allowed to own milk, Samburu women now own camels, plus they earn income by making baskets, processing meat and hides, keeping bees and refining honey. Through this shift in property control and a general increase in literacy in the region, Samburu women have become valued contributing community members.

$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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$12.00

Hand carving and etching soft soapstone, Kenyan artisans create square decorative boxes with a simple bamboo design.

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

About the Artisans:

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

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