Master Zulu weavers in South Africa create one-of-a-kind "izimbenge" baskets with strands of repurposed telephone wire. These visually stunning baskets with their intricate designs represent a traditional craft updated with modern synthetic materials.
The 11.5"D x 1""T baskets are hand-woven from telephone wire and require several days of labor to create. The baskets feature a concave center and are dense to the touch.
Displayed on a plate holder (not included), the baskets are an attractive accent piece for any home and can also be used for for serveware.
ZenZulu is a South African craft business organized by designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Once consisting of only two master weavers, the business taught unemployed women how to bead and weave, with an emphasis on telephone wire. Today, this highly regarded organization ensures sustainable incomes for more than 350 home based craft producers in four different communities.
As seen in the decor blog DesignSponge, this large, 46"W x 72"L blanket is handcrafted by a co-op of artisans in Bamako, Mali who grow and weave local cotton. The artisans use an updated mudcloth technique with white dot being waxed by hand.
The blanket has a different color scheme when reversed and includes hemmed borders at top and bottom. For best care, hand wash in cool water and air dry.
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.
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.
This large pillow, with its graphic ladder design, features a mudcloth front produced using natural dying methods in Mali, Africa.
The mudcloth is handmade by artisans in Bamako, Mali who grow and weave their own cotton. The designs are hand-painted.
The pillows include an insert and are finished on the backside a foldover enclosure. Measures 20" x 20". Designs may vary slightly.
The Kuba people of Zaire, formerly the Belgian Congo, specialize in the making of kuba textiles. Production of these textiles is a multiple stage process which involves the participation of children, men and women of the same clan. The process includes gathering and preparing the raffia fibers for weaving and embroidery, weaving the basic cloth unit, dyeing the embroidery fibers, and embellishing the woven cloth with embroidery, applique, patchwork and dye.