Artisans in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, create low profile thumb pianos from lightweight balsa wood that are then burned with an assortment of designs. A great gift for music lovers or collectors of world instruments, each kalimba has five tuners that can be plucked to produce a uniquely African sound.
These handmade "thumb pianos" are decorated with unique burned patterns and West African scenes. Measures 5.5"L x 4"W x 0.75"T; size may vary slightly. Because each kalimba is uniquely handcrafted, designs will vary.
An artisan co-op of young men in Burkina Faso, West Africa, create hand-crafted kalimbas from gourds and recycled materials such as coffee tins. Frequently the artisans are also musicians themselves, and they take great care in producing instruments of exceptional quality and beauty.
Two 7" espresso wood bead bracelets on elastic plus one beautiful strand of 26" Zulugrass come packaged inside fun Gift Rounds. Wear them all together as a stacked bracelet to mix and match with other jewelry or wear each piece individually.
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. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual that buys it! Each wood bracelet is completely handcrafted from either fallen or sustainably harvested farmed wood.
In 2001, a terrible drought persisted for several years and brought devastation to the pasture lands. The livelihood of the Maasai disappeared as their cattle died. The men had to drive the few remaining cattle hundreds of miles away in search for better grazing while the women looked desperately for ways to feed, clothe, and educate their children and obtain medical supplies. Philip and Katy Leakey, founders of The Leakey Collection who live among the Maasai in East Africa, wanted to provide their neighbors with work opportunities. They came up with an imaginative idea to utilize the excellent beading abilities of the Maasai women by using a readily available, sustainable resource- GRASS- as the primary element.
Previously used in the furniture industry due to its strength, the reed-like grass was dried, cut into bead-size pieces, dyed with environmentally-friendly textile dyes, and strung on durable elastic with hand-blown Czech glass beads. Mobile work stations were set up so the women could bring their babies and toddlers with them and work when they chose. As word passed through the Maasai community, women started walking as much as two hours each way to have their first chance to earn money. Now, even the men have joined in the entrepreneurial opportunities.
This useful tote has been repurposed and handcrafted from discarded plastic water sachets in Accra, Ghana by the company known as Trashy Bags.
When folded and zipped up, this recycled bag’s compact size of only 9"L x 7"W x 1"T (as shown in the photo of the small bag) allows it to be tucked into a bag, car or backpack until needed. Opened, it extends to a generous size of 14"L x 8"W x 15"T (to top of bag), 21"T (to top of handles). This would be a great gift for friends & family! Due to the nature of the recycled materials, each bag will vary slightly.
Seeking a solution to the tons of plastic waste produced and discarded in Ghana each year, Trashy Bags has built a thriving company around recycling abundant discarded plastic water pouches. Trashy Bags employs 60 full-time workers at their workshop in Accra, Ghana, to collect, wash and transform recycled plastic into reusable totes and other products that are used widely in Ghana and exported for use by eco-conscious citizens worldwide.
This fun colorful kitchen attire is handmade in Senegal using pre-washed, 100% cotton. Each apron features a front pocket and extra long belt straps, and is washer/dryer friendly.
The pot holders include heat-resistant lining, top stitching, and reinforced edges. Two are included. Model photo shown for size.
Makes a great gift!
Vipambi Women's Group is a workshop that trains women in business and sewing skills. The sale of their clothing generates essential income and even helps to send their children to university. All of their clothing is beautifully tailored, as well as quality checked by senior members of the group.