Mozambican Sandalwood Bark Boxes


by: Swahili Imports




  • Fragrant salvaged sandalwood
  • Lustrous polished grain  
  • Design incorporates the rough inner bark of the tree
  • Great for tabletop storage
  • Each wooden box completely one-of-a-kind
  • Size approximately: 8.5"L x 4"W x 2"H (sizes may vary due to the nature of handmade)
  • Due to variations in nature, each box will vary slightly in appearance

Country: Mozambique

The artisans of Swahili are located throughout Africa. Michael Zigani and his team are based in Burkina Faso, in West Africa. Handicapped from the waist down and living without any use of his legs, Michael admirably still supports his entire family by designing handcrafted beautiful leather bags. Michael’s smile, creativity and craftsmanship are brilliant. Michael works hard as the lead designer of the vibrant leather handbags he makes with the help of his artisan friends.

Much bone crafting occurs in Nairobi’s Kibera slum. In spite of the high population concentration, poverty and sanitation concerns, many individuals work hard to use their own creativity to elevate their families from the slum. The money earned from crafting discarded bones from nearby butchers and restaurants, allows parents to pay school fees, feed their families and pay rent.

The olive wood is crafted from Kenyan government managed forests. The Akamba artisans inhabit the Machakos region about 75 miles East of Nairobi, Kenya, exhibit great carving skills, and work together in small cooperative groups. The income earned from carving is applied to school fees, clothing, savings and health care.

 



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