Gone Rural was registered as a company in 1992 by the late Jenny Thorne to create employment for women in rural communities across Swaziland. What started as a small local business working with 30 women has evolved into an international company providing income for over 770 rural women in 13 groups across 53 communities, and supplying their products to over one thousand retail outlets in 32 countries worldwide.
Gone Rural’s unique home accessories combine traditional skills with high end design and are hand woven from sustainable, local natural fibers. They are continuously developing innovative designs and techniques to keep their product range fresh and dynamic.
When a new product has been created, or a new technique used, training workshops are held to ensure high quality and to assist skill sharing among their women. Several women from each of their groups are invited to the workshops where samples are produced. These women then act as trainers for the rest of their respective groups.
Gone Rural founded a non-profit organization, Gone Rural boMake, to assist women and their communities with education, health and social needs.
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Hand made painted and glazed ceramic vessels, by Swazi Ceramics Master woven Lutindzi grass stitched to ceramic base Measure approximately 19” diameter Decorative in nature Country: Swaziland
$88.00 USD $98.00 USD
Hand made painted and glazed ceramic vessels, by Swazi Ceramics Master woven Lutindzi grass stitched to ceramic base Measure approximately 11” diameter Decorative in nature Country: Swaziland
$78.00 USD $98.00 USD
Floral and animal prints etched on Aluminum basin Master woven Lutindzi grass stitched to aluminum basin Measure approximately 12.75” diameter Country: Swaziland Can be make in custom colors for...
Lavumisa Basket Mini: Patterned Lutindzi woven grass baskets Functional and decorative Diameters: 6.5” mini Country: Swaziland African Textile Cards: Each set of cards has 6 cards in it. This purchase...
$51.00 USD $60.00 USD
Patterned Lutindzi woven grass baskets Functional and decorative Diameters: 12” midi Country: Swaziland Can be make in custom colors for larger quantity corporate orders. Inquire about lead time.
$45.00 USD $89.00 USD
Lutindzi grass and upcycled cotton fabric Great for serving, tabletop or wall décor One-of-a-kind patterned tray Measures approximately 15.75” diameter Two built-in handles Country: Swaziland
$16.00 USD $21.00 USD
Hand woven coasters Made of Lutindzi Grass Set of 6 Packaged in decorative gift box Country: Swaziland Can be make in custom colors for larger quantity corporate orders. Inquire about lead...
$41.00 USD $75.00 USD
Fantastic hostess gift Contains four placemats and one trivet In photos, trivet on left, placemats on right Placemats approximately 14.5" diameter Hand woven from Lutindzi grass Country: Swaziland...
$18.00 USD $40.00 USD
Fantastic hostess gift Contains two of each item: placemats, coasters, and napkins Placemats approximately 14.5” diameter Hand woven from Lutindzi grass (coasters and placemats) Traditional fabric napkins Country: Swaziland ...