Product Care

Ten Thousand Villages offers unique handcrafted gifts, home decor, jewelry and art from skilled artisans around the world. Some items and materials require special care.

Drum Care - Rawhide

Drums are often used in processions, festivals and daily life by the artisans who create them, making them a symbol of community and celebration. Drums containing rawhide require special care. To clean the drum, use a dry, soft brush. Exposure to water or moisture softens the skin; drying tightens it. Do not store in a damp place or in direct sunlight. Drums have been fumigated to eliminate any insects or larvae. However, the rawhide may continue to attract bugs and moths. To reduce the risk of re-infestation, keep the drum in a bug-free environment and spray regularly with a dry pest control.

Bamboo Care

Bamboo is favored for its flexibility, durability and beauty. A wood grass, it is naturally abundant and in the tropics regenerates easily and is a renewable resource. When a field of bamboo is three years old, it is cut and sun-dried, then used to make chairs, garden planters and other furniture. Bamboo furniture requires special care. Bamboo is a natural material; items made from bamboo may experience natural shrinkage with time and use. Please use in a protected environment away from sun and moisture. Take time to periodically check the joints and fastenings to confirm they are firm and tight. Failure to keep pegs and fittings tight could result in breakage.

Tagine Care

Before using your Tagine for the First Time

  1. Pre heat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Place Tagine in oven for 10 minutes
  3. Remove and rub Tagine with olive oil using a paper towel
  4. Place back in oven for 20 minutes
  5. Remove from oven and let cool
  6. Soak in room temperature water for 20 minutes
  7. Let dry at least two hours before use

Cooking Instructions

The Tagine can be used in the oven, up to a heat of 400 degrees.
Not recommended for stove tops

Care and Cleaning

Hand wash in warm water, using soap only if necessary
Metal utensils are not recommended