AFRICAN BEADS & FABRICS HAVEN
Love gorgeous, unusual beads, fabrics and gifts? Care about the environment? Welcome to the right place!
With links to Africa, I source and sell authentic, superb quality beads and fabrics from talented craftsmen and women based mainly in Ghana, helping them earn a much-deserved decent living. You probably know the phrase "No waste in Africa"! The absence of industrial recycling facilities, coupled with the need to make the most of scarce resources compels many Africans to reuse stuff we would normally throw away in the West.
Bead-makers turn used glass, plastic and metal items into beautiful beads, which all has to be good for the environment.For truly authentic African fabric made by local artisans and a company in Ghana (Woodin brand) this is the place to come. You will find cheaper imitations elsewhere but for the real deal, you’re in the right place. Your purchase helps keep local artisans in business amidst fierce competition from cheaper and often inferior quality imports.
UNIQUE IS THE KEYWORD
Handmade, each bead and batik fabric is unlike the other, giving you a unique and individualised look to your final project. Well made, they are rustic with a true beauty of their own. I wear my own pieces with pride and the satisfaction that no one else has one like mine!!!All the dyeing and printing of batik fabric is done by hand too in homes
FAIR TRADE GIFTS
In stock too are items from Fair Trade craftspeople from different parts of the world, many of which make unusual gifts sure to be loved.
1. Excellent quality handmade goods need not cost a fortune without paying an unfair price to the very gifted men and women who make them. Accordingly, I pay craftsmen the asking price upfront and in some cases advance payment is taken before a job starts.
2. To earn a decent living those craftsmen need access to Western markets and this me doing my bit to help. Please support them.
3. The earth's resources must be looked after hence my big support for the use of recycled materials. When it comes to packaging, I will sometimes include recycled materials without compromising on quality. Your purchase will be helping a good cause!