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.
Made in Ghana
This was a well-made gift!
It's beautifully constructed, but definitely not big enough to be called a salad bowl. Maybe a nut bowl. Also the story behind it is part of what makes it special, but there wasn't a card or anything enclosed with it that explained it - as this was a gift I printed it out from the website myself, but that would have preferred a nicer presentation. But the recipient was an environmentalist who does a lot of work to protect the ocean and the land, so this was a beautiful symbolic gift and she loved it! #sweepstakes
Great for a beach house. Sturdy and beautifully made
Uncommon Goods Shopper
Although the capacity is smaller than hoped for, this bowl is lovely and can be used for snacks, candy, or just set out on a table. I wish a little oil and a leaflet with instructions would have come with it to get the recipient started maintaining it correctly. Nevertheless, very pleased! Dorothy Sent from my iPhone
This bowl is gorgeous. While I know every bowl will be different, Ours has much more of the lighter blonde wood than the one shown here, which I think is really pretty. I don't agree that its too small to be used for a salad bowl. It is true to the measurements and the depth is nice. I would use it for a salad bowl for maybe 3-4 people. I bought this as a gift and love it so much that I plan to order one for myself
This is a beautiful, well made bowl; however, I was looking for a larger bowl to use for salads. The dimensions are for tip of bowl to tip, not the actual bowl container space itself. It will come in handy for chips, small salads, fruit, etc. Also, the delivery was excellent! Got it within 3 days.
this was for my niece who married in June on the beach in Punta Cuna so I thought it would be a fitting piece for her lifestyle
Bought this as a wedding gift and wanted to keep it for myself!