Artisans we support

What is an Artisan?

The dictionary definition of an artisan is: 

A worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand

Nature Shop are passionate about supporting artisans in developing countries to help them to support their families and communities. 

 

Artisans we support:

We're proud to support artisans from across the globe. Read below to find out more about the artisans we currently support and the artisan products we stock: 

 

The Bozo Tribe, Mali, Africa

After their livelihoods were threatened by a shortage of fish in the Niger river, the Bozo Tribe had to look at other ways to sustain their communities. Creating new ways to earn money, they started making bracelets and necklaces out of flip flops that floated down the river.  What an innovative way to use the resources they have and to make a living! There are now over 80 different families from the tribe creating this gorgeous jewellery.

Every product is individually hand made in Mali, therefore no two bracelets or necklaces are exactly the same.  Colours can vary from product to product, but we think that is the beauty of bespoke artisan products.

Check out the brand and products HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artisans in Nepal

EGOs slippers are beautifully hand crafted wool felt slippers in Nepal.  We fell in love with these slippers when we first saw them. Not only do we love that they are made from natural fibres and hand made by amazing artisans in Nepal, therefore we are supporting them by stocking these slippers.  But they are a stand out product for us, they are unique and they bring something different to Nature Shop.

In Nepal artisans are hired by the company Én Gry & Sif under world trade certifications and fairtrade practises. The workers make the gorgeous felted wool slippers by hand. As well as creating jobs for locals the brand Egos also provides financial support to an orphanage in Nepal. 

Check out the brand and products HERE


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Artisans in Bolivia 

In 2013 Beyondbeanie was created to help the women and children of Bolivia by giving them a way of selling the hand made woollen products that they were trying to sell on the street. There are now over 20 artisans hand making gorgeous beanies from Alpaca wool. 

Not only are beyondBeanie supporting the artisans of Bolivia, they also work with the Amanecer Salomon Klein center in Cochabamba to provide meals, school supplies and uniforms to orphaned children. For every beanie sold beyond Beanie provide the Center with 5 meals!

We love these beanies and with Mel having travelled years ago in Bolivia and South America, our support is more special as we have been there. Mel has bought similar Alpaca products on her travels and has seen artisans, first hand, making beautiful products.

Check out the brand and products HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We'd love to support more artisans and are always open to suggestions, so if you know of communities we can support and great products we can sell on our site, then please email us on contact@natureshop.co.uk.

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