A Fair-Trade company working with marginalized artisans in Kenya, Bawa Hope produces jewelry, wood products, and handbags. Bawa's mission is to safeguard the environment, while also empowering local Kenyan artisans.
Women artisans take special pride in turning discarded material into beautiful and functional works of art. Bags and accessories are often crafted using abandoned sisal, and waste banana fiber from the community. Bawa Hope is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization.
Established 4-hours outside of Cape Town in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, Brass Images creates high-quality fashion jewelry using solid brass and copper.
The company employs 15 artists from the local community, helping to provide sustainable income for Plettenberg Bay craftspeople.
Brass Image artisans use extreme heat to create captivating patterns and effects on the jewelry. No dyes are used. Each item is entirely handmade and a unique piece of art.
Colombia Girls was created by a group of women born on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia. This unique collection was curated with the use of natural fruit and seeds in jewelry coupled with hand-sewn crochet techniques. The artisans use all-natural, organic sources, produced from fruit and seeds found in the Amazon Rainforest of Colombia.
The artisans behind the jewelry are mothers, and young women united in the community by their unique craft. The jewelry they produce represents more than a job; it is an art form – an ensemble of color on a palette of fruit and seeds.
Croix des Bouquets
Founded in the Haiti, Croix des Bouquets, is a metal art company, making unique one-of-a-kind works of art. Cut from sheets of steel drums and colored by oil and liquids, the metal art connects to the long and sacred history of Haiti metal artwork.
The artisans work by hand, ensuring that each piece is of a high-quality standard. After the art is complete, it is signed on the back -leaving a raised/reverse signature on the front, showing the artisans stamp of approval.
Working together to weave beautiful traditional baskets, Gitzelli is comprised of artisans from across the country of Kenya.
Some of the artisans originate from the Eastern region, where the climate is dry. Weavers from Eastern Kenya mainly use local sisal to craft their pieces. Other weavers, from Central Kenya, use the banana leaf in their work.
Working together for more than a decade, Global Mamas is comprised of a network of artisans, from Ghana, West Africa, who come together to create hand-crafted apparel, decor, and skincare items. By using traditional techniques and skills, each product is crafted with care, love, and quality.
Jedando Modern Handicrafts
Comprised of over 100 individual carvers from Machakos, Kenya, Jedando Modern Handicrafts creates beautiful pieces made primarily of wood and natural source bone. Using olive wood, mahogany, mpingo ("African Ebony"), and simple traditional tools, Jedando crafts serving sets, napkin rings, and other high-quality home decor items.
As a core mission, Jedando works to educate craftspeople on reforestation to ensure sustainability and longevity. Jedando is known for its "batiked" design, accomplished by placing wax on the white bone and dipping in a dark-brown dye, resulting in patterns of African mud cloth designs.
SMOLArt is a group of artisans from the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, working to create beautiful handcrafted soapstone items. SMOLArt is a member of the WFTO and has been in operation since 1990.
SMOLArt sources soapstone from great pits of areas surrounding Kiisi, Kenya. The colors of the art include brown, yellow, black, cream, and mixtures of varying shades. Each soapstone product is entirely handmade.
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