“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.”-John Hemingway
Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamed about Africa, especially the animals of the African savanna. I preferred playing with figurines of cheetahs and giraffes over dolls, and my bedroom had an African safari theme. As an adult my childhood dreams of traveling to Africa came true and I was able to visit Ethiopia and Ghana. I also fell in love with the people, the traditions, the beautiful designs they incorporate into their clothing and crafts. As a first grade teacher I teach about the savanna habitat every year, and I love sharing my enthusiasm with my students who learn about the habitat then research different savanna animals.
So I was very excited to learn that Trades of Hope’s new fall collection is called Shades of the Savanna, and represents the beautiful people and cultures of Africa. The materials in the collection reflect various elements one might find when exploring the savanna: various stones, feathers, hand-hammered metals, and ethically collected bone. Many of the pieces featured are made by female artisans in Kenya and Uganda. I am thrilled to work with Trades of Hope and be able to share this new collection, which may be my favorite to date. I have shared my favorite picks below, but you can also view the entire collection through my Trades of Hope store.
To see other collections you can also visit my entire Trades of Hope store. Thank you for visiting and supporting fair trade artisans and myself!