Carving For a Cause
This distinctive wood bowl is among the first works to be exported from Ivory Coast, which suffered trade isolation during its political strife in the early 21st century. Each piece supports Fair Trade artisans striving to reconnect with steady income through the market for skilled handcrafts. These artisans' hand carving in the woodworking traditions of the Akan people of the region connects makers with one another and with the managed reforestation efforts in Ivory Coast. Their pieces reflect the natural beauty of coastal West Africa through a juxtaposition of materials and form: the spiral shell motif of the bowl reflects the influence of the sea, while the richly-grained gmelina wood used connects it to the land. As a centerpiece, a salad bowl, or a memorable wedding gift, it's a product with a powerful history.
Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.