Wednesday, December 29, 2010
We have a few new shipments coming in this week. More freshly made felted soap will be here on December 31st. We're also receiving some new small market style Bolga baskets in the next couple of days. It seems we can never have enough of these versatile African baskets. Last but not least, we're looking forward to more incense, women's shirts, and handbags from Nepal, like this gorgeous monk's bag.
Monday, December 27, 2010
We have some beautiful new Zulu baskets in house. Zulu beer baskets, like the beauty pictured here are among the best known African baskets. They were used in lieu of pottery for storing and transporting beer and other liquids by the Zulu, and are remarkably rigid and sturdy. Called Ukhamba in their native South Africa, they are commonly given as wedding gifts by the Zulu. We're proud to now include Zulu baskets in our selection of African baskets.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
We have great new juniper wood draining soap dishes. They are slightly concave to help keep your soap from slipping out, and have grooves that channel the water toward the drainage holes. They have a nice clean design and neutral color, so we think they will fit well with most types of décor. Our handmade soap, sea salt scrub bars, and felted soap all will last much longer if allowed to dry between uses, so this is a perfect companion for them.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
We received dozens of new Bolga baskets, our most popular African baskets, this week. If you're looking for natural colored rectangle or oval Bolga baskets this is a great time to see a wide selection. We also have lots of new flower Bolga baskets in various sizes, and tapered oval baskets in both natural and dyed.
Bolga baskets are the work horses of African baskets, built for practicality and durability. Zulu baskets are more like show horses. Although they still are used in South Africa for storing and transporting liquids and dry goods, the majority of Zulu baskets produced these days are art pieces. They have a way of looking both deeply traditional and strikingly modern, and fit a wide range of décors. We are gradually growing our selection of Zulu beer baskets. If you come into the store and don't see one you like, ask as we may well have more in the back that you can view.One of our goals for 2011 is to become the premier online retailer of African baskets, so look for us to continue to widen our selection.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
We have a lot of great new inventory coming this week. We have beautiful new soapstone carvings, like this gorgeous elephant bowl. More Zulu baskets are arriving today and will begin going up on the website tomorrow, and they are closely followed by new Bolga baskets that are due in Thursday. We're happy to be getting in more felted wool trivets and other beauties from Nepal tomorrow, as well as some nice simple draining soap dishes made from Juniper wood. Thursday we should receive more water hyacinth handbags and dragon kites. We have dozens of other new items coming as well, and our website is being updated daily. We still have plenty of other holiday favorites, like felted soap and beer soap. I think I hear UPS....
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Our felted soap makes a great stocking stuffer! We also have a great selection of other handmade soaps, sea salt scrub bars, and handmade shampoo bars at prices ranging from $4.99 to $5.99. We particularly love our handmade beer soap, which is a great gift for that person who loves beer in any form, and is also a flat-out great soap. We also have some mini Zulu baskets that are perfect for storing herbs and spices. Check out our selection of felted wool items from Nepal, like these coasters. We have scores of cool handmade jewelry items, like these yak bone wrist malas. We're also fond of our soapstone carvings. Enjoy shopping!