AFRICAN DESIGN SHOP

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to have authentic West African designer products brought all the way to your doorstep.  From jewelry to textiles to home décor items, our African Designer Shop is one of a kind and something that you won't want to miss.  All designer products have been purchased directly from master craftsmen from various areas of west Africa, or produced by Create Change's Design Company Social Enterprise located in Tamale, Ghana.

 

TUAREG JEWELRY

The semi-nomadic Tuareg are indigenous to the vast Sahara desert, who can be found living in Libya, Niger, Mali, Algeria, and Burkina Faso.  They are often called “the Blue People of the desert” due to their traditional clothing made from indigo dye that stains their skin.  The pieces below have been crafted by master silversmiths.  Each piece is hand-hammered, and carefully engraved with traditional Tuareg symbols and motifs that date back hundreds of years. 

 

NECKLACES

CHAT CHAT NECKLACE

Handcast silver with etching by master Tuareg silversmiths finished with glass beads.

MOON CHOKER Hand cast nickle and copper, hand painted.  

MOON CHOKER

Hand cast nickle and copper, hand painted.
 

 

EARRINGS

STEM EARRINGS- long Hand cast silver and hand painted.  

STEM EARRINGS- long

Hand cast silver and hand painted.
 

EBONY  EARRINGS Hand cast silver with etching and ebony.

EBONY  EARRINGS

Hand cast silver with etching and ebony.

INGAL CROSS EARRINGS Handcast silver with etching finished with coloured recycled glass.

INGAL CROSS EARRINGS

Handcast silver with etching finished with coloured recycled glass.

AGADEZ CROSS EARRINGS Hand cast silver with etching.  

AGADEZ CROSS EARRINGS

Hand cast silver with etching.
 

RINGS

CARNELIAN SILVER RING Hand cast silver with etching and semi-precious carnelian stone.

CARNELIAN SILVER RING

Hand cast silver with etching and semi-precious carnelian stone.

EBONY  RING Hand cast silver with etching with ebony.

EBONY  RING

Hand cast silver with etching with ebony.

 
 

BEADED JEWELRY

Many tribes in Ghana have a long tradition of beads, and beads still play important roles in Ghanaian society, be it in rituals of birth, coming of age, marriage, or death.  Glass beads made from powdered glass from recycled bottles are made by the Krobo people in Ghana's Volta region.  In Ghana's East, Tabular bronze beads are an important tradition to the Ashanti people, who use a lost wax cast method, making each brass bead unique as the mold is destroyed to extract the bead.

HAND PAINTED KROBO GLASS BEADS Handmade recycled glass beads, hand-painted with glass powder paint from Ghana's Volta region. 

HAND PAINTED KROBO GLASS BEADS

Handmade recycled glass beads, hand-painted with glass powder paint from Ghana's Volta region. 

BRONZE BEAD NECKLACE Handmade lost wax cast bronze bead from Ghana's Ashanti region.  

BRONZE BEAD NECKLACE

Handmade lost wax cast bronze bead from Ghana's Ashanti region.
 

GLASS BEAD BRACELET Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region.

GLASS BEAD BRACELET

Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region.

GLASS BEAD NECKLACE Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region.  

GLASS BEAD NECKLACE

Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region.
 

GLASS BEAD & BRONZE BRACELET Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region and lost wax-cast bronze beads from Ghana's Ashanti region. 

GLASS BEAD & BRONZE BRACELET

Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region and lost wax-cast bronze beads from Ghana's Ashanti region. 

GLASS BEAD & BRONZE NECKLACE Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region and lost wax cast bronze beads from Ghana's Ashanti region. 

GLASS BEAD & BRONZE NECKLACE

Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region and lost wax cast bronze beads from Ghana's Ashanti region. 

 

METAL & LEATHER DESIGN

These unique contemporary pieces combine the pratice of hammering and polishing West African metals (bronze, copper and aluminium) with the ancient leathermaking traditions of Tuareg people.  Original designs by a cooperative of Malian refugees living in Burkina Faso.

HAMMERED METAL & LEATHER BOWLS Hammered aluminium, copper and bronze bowls covered in handmade leather.

HAMMERED METAL & LEATHER BOWLS

Hammered aluminium, copper and bronze bowls covered in handmade leather.

HAMMERED METAL & LEATHER CUFF Hammered aluminium, copper and bronze cuffs fitted with handmade leather.

HAMMERED METAL & LEATHER CUFF

Hammered aluminium, copper and bronze cuffs fitted with handmade leather.

POLISHED BRONZE & LEATHER CUFF Polished bronze, etched cuff fitted with handmade leather.  

POLISHED BRONZE & LEATHER CUFF

Polished bronze, etched cuff fitted with handmade leather.  

 

HAND WOVEN & DYED TEXTILES

West African textiles are famous for their stunning designs, and are traditionally naturally dyed and printed.  Mud cloth or 'Bambara' cloth from Mali has its print created with hand drawings using sticks or with stamp using mud, and then left to dye in the sun.  Indigo cloth comes from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mali, where the dark blue color is derived from the dye of the indigo plant using its pinnate leaves and clusters of red or purple flowers.

STRIP CLOTH SCARF Traditional Burkinabe strip cloth.  Handwoven, hand dyed in Burkina Faso. 

STRIP CLOTH SCARF

Traditional Burkinabe strip cloth.  Handwoven, hand dyed in Burkina Faso. 

VINTAGE INDIGO THROW Traditional vintage Malian indigo, hand woven and dyed.  

VINTAGE INDIGO THROW

Traditional vintage Malian indigo, hand woven and dyed.
 

INDIGO SCARF Handwoven, hand dyed in Burkina Faso.  


INDIGO SCARF

Handwoven, hand dyed in Burkina Faso.
 

MUD CLOTH PILLOW Handmade and dyed mud cloth from Burkina Faso by textile masters. Sewn by master tailors in Tamale, Ghana.

MUD CLOTH PILLOW

Handmade and dyed mud cloth from Burkina Faso by textile masters. Sewn by master tailors in Tamale, Ghana.

VINTAGE INDIGO PILLOW CASE Made from vintage indigo, handwoven, hand dyed in Mali.  Sewn by master tailors in Tamale, Ghana.

VINTAGE INDIGO PILLOW CASE

Made from vintage indigo, handwoven, hand dyed in Mali.  Sewn by master tailors in Tamale, Ghana.

MUD CLOTH THROW Handmade and dyed in Burkina Faso by textile masters.

MUD CLOTH THROW

Handmade and dyed in Burkina Faso by textile masters.

 

HAND WOVEN BASKETS

Plentiful Elephant Grass in the Bolgatanga region of Northern Ghana is used to make these incredibly beautiful handwoven baskets.  Each basket is handcrafted and depending on the detail can take over one week to make.  Baskets featured were produced by a number of expert weavers who work as part of a village cooperative just outside of Bolgatanga.

  JEMIMA COW BASKET Handwoven by Salirgu women's cooperative in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

 

JEMIMA COW BASKET

Handwoven by Salirgu women's cooperative in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

    MOSES BASKET Handwoven by Deliba weaving cooperative in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

 

 

MOSES BASKET

Handwoven by Deliba weaving cooperative in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

LAUNDRY BASKET Handwoven by Deliba weaving cooperative in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

LAUNDRY BASKET

Handwoven by Deliba weaving cooperative in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

 

WOODEN CARVINGS

Africa is well known for its wood carvings, and have access to a variety of woods from teak to mahogony.   Wooden carvings across the continent creatively incorporate beading, grasses, horn, shells, and other available materials to create both functional and artistic products.   

VINTAGE WOODEN MASKS A series of wooden masks from tribes that span across Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso.

VINTAGE WOODEN MASKS

A series of wooden masks from tribes that span across Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso.

SERVING SPOONS WITH HORN HANDLE Durable olivewood and finished with a batik bone handle, decorated with a natural dye pattern.  Produced by artisans in Kenya. 

SERVING SPOONS WITH HORN HANDLE

Durable olivewood and finished with a batik bone handle, decorated with a natural dye pattern.  Produced by artisans in Kenya.