New Home Decor Collection Mimics the Colors and Shapes of our World.
Serving pieces, baskets and home décor made from raw materials like stone, wood, bark and clay inspire an earthy elegance and hospitality in any home can now be found in Ten Thousand Villages stores across the country and at tenthousandvillages.com.
Statement pieces from the Roots Collection include banana bark giraffes and elephants from Kenya (shown above). Artisans transform banana bark into whimsical African animals, bringing an urban safari to your home.
Other statement pieces from the collection include:
Resting Camel Lamp. Ceramic camel sits serenely beneath a naturally woven shade. Reminiscent of an oasis—paradise found in the desert. Suggested retail price, $79.
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Lost Wax Drummer, Guitarist and Sax Player. These happy musicians are handcrafted using the ancient lost wax method of casting bronze. Originating in the Middle East in the ninth century, lost wax is one of the first known methods of working with molten metal. The artisan sculpts wax, then coats it with clay and allows it to dry. The wax is melted and drained, then molten bronze is poured into the mold to fill the shape. After the metal cools, the artisan breaks the clay, revealing a one-of-a-kind figure. Suggested retail price, $99 each.
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Savannah, Desert and Grassland Dancer Wall Hangings. African beauties dance in celebration in these amazing wall hangings from Burkina Faso. The colors and textures of the wall hangings are achieved through the ancient technique of batik dyeing which starts by hand-tracing an original design on a light but sturdy fabric. Hot wax and dye are expertly applied in an alternating process of adding color to certain places while preserving other areas with the wax. At the end of the process, all of the wax is removed to reveal the finished design. Suggested retail price, $59 each.
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Traditional Djembe Drum. The djembe drum has ancient roots in West Africa. Featuring artisan-inspired carved designs on the redwood base and a goatskin hide, this drum is meant to be played with bare hands. The professional-grade drum can be tuned by tightening or loosening the cord. Traditionally, drums of this kind are used in drum circles with different styles of drums to represent the three sounds of slap, tone, and bass. Broken down, the word “dje” means “gather” while “be” means “everyone.” All together, the name means “everyone gather together.” Suggested retail price, $450.
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Alabaster Mood Lamp. Translucent alabaster with its beautiful stone grain makes an attractive mood lamp. Alabaster, revered by the ancients for its beauty, is hand-carved by artisans in Luxor, Egypt. Alabaster is an ornamental white stone frequently used for carving statuary or architectural decoration. With its translucent luster, alabaster was highly esteemed in ancient Egypt for making small perfume bottles. Suggested retail price, $79.
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Wood and Alabaster Tray. The natural beauty of shesham wood and alabaster stone is showcased in this serving tray. Demonstrating the expert skill of two separate workshops: Hegaza Wooden Craft Project and Hassan Alabaster Group each contribute their part with the help of Fair Trade Egypt. Collaborations such as this show just how much better things can be if we work together, each sharing our talents for an end result that would not have been possible without separate parts coming together as one.
To learn more about the artisans who work at Hegaza Wooden Craft Project and to watch their story in video, click here.
To maintain shesham’s natural luster, apply lemon oil or another food-safe wood polish occasionally. Suggested retail price, $99.
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Summer Striped Rag Rug. Woven in all the colors of summer, this rug will add a fun and playful flare to your space. Suggested retail price, $39.
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Olive Wood Dish. Beautiful olive wood is reknowned for its rich contrasting grain. This dish is carved from a single pruned olive branch. Hand-carved by Palestinian artisans. Carvers do not cut down trees, but use pruned branches removed to enhance the health of the trees. Olive wood is one of the hardest woods available. The darker and more dense the grain, the older the tree from which it was pruned. Suggested retail price, $16.
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Banana Fiber Giraffe and Elephant. These playful giraffe and elephant figures are handmade in Kenya using banana bark and sisal fiber. Sisal fiber, traditionally used for rope and twine making, is made from leaves of the agave plant. Decorative only. Keep out of reach of children. Suggested retail price, $89 each.
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Coconut Hands Salad Server. Landmines left from wartime are still an unfortunate reality to citizens of Cambodia, rendering a large portion of the population disabled. Rehab Craft Cambodia (RCC) works towards restoring dignity to these citizens who have been faced with unfair challanges. These salad servers made from natural coconut shell and wood are in the shape of hands—an international symbol of friendship and giving. Suggested retail price, $24.
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Cambodian Butter Crock. A genius design from Rajana Association of Cambodia, this butter crock is a simple and effective solution to your butter woes. Butter, when placed in the cup-shaped lid, will stay soft and fresh. Simply add water to the base for an airtight seal. Suggested retail price, $24.
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Ten Thousand Villages offers products from more than 130 artisan groups in 35 countries via a network of more than 390 retail outlets throughout the United States.
For more than 65 years, Ten Thousand Villages has established fair, long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income.
For more information about Ten Thousand Villages or the products featured in this release, please contact Michele Loeper, marketing manager, at 717-859-8149 or Michele.Loeper@tenthousandvillages.com.