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Artisan Spotlight: Nobunto

Nobunto Nobunto is a South African Fair Trade company that creates high quality hand-painted candles, ceramics and handcrafted greeting cards with the utmost attention to detail using mainly African inspired designs. Their mission is, in a region with high unemployment, to alleviate poverty, not only through development of industry but to be socially, ethically, and sustainably responsible.  

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Artisan Spotlight: Jedando Modern Crafts

Jedando Modern Craft  Working with more than 100 individual carvers in Machakos, Kenya, Jedando Modern Crafts markets products primarily made of wood and bone worldwide. Carving is a tradition in Kenya with the children learning the craft from their parents. Carved by hand using only rudimentary hand tools, olive wood bowls, salad serving sets, and animal-shaped napkin rings take shape from pieces of olive wood, mahogany, and mpingo, or “African Ebony.”

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Artisan Spotlight: Bungalow 5

The Bungalow 5 collections are designed and produced by a group of architects and designers who are based in New York City but who work on projects throughout the world. Working with in-house cabinetmakers and finishers, the Bungalow 5 team produces unique and stylish pieces often using unusual materials sourced from distant places.

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Artisan Spotlight: Me to We Artisans

Me to We Artisans Founded in 2010, by Roxanne Joyal, Me to We Artisans is a line of original accessories handcrafted by artisan mamas in Free the Children developing communities in Kenya. Beadwork is a traditional component of Maasai communal life, but a lot of these women also try to make a living by selling their wares at the market. Me to We offers these Maasai mamas an opportunity to create what they already know and do, but share their works with a global market.

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