by: Swahili Imports
Allow for slight variations in size & design, due to artisanal nature
Country: Zimbabwe and South Africa
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.
Hand blown from recycled glass bottles Colorful hand blown handle resembles Giraffe 45 oz. capacity Produced following fair trade principles Country: Swaziland
Hand blown from recycled glass bottles Black & white hand blown handle resembles Zebra 45 oz. capacity Produced following fair trade principles Country: Swaziland
Unique crooked stem design Hand blown from recycled glass bottles 13 oz. capacity per glass Sold in sets of 2 Produced following fair trade principles Country: Swaziland