Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentine's Day Gifts

Check out our fused glass heart necklaces from Chile for a great Valentine's Day gift. Felted soap is another sweet gift, as are Zulu baskets, which are traditionally given as wedding presents. Our line of Shamila jewelry is beautiful and enduring. From charms that cost under $1 up to our biggest and baddest Zulu baskets, we have a Valentine's gift in your price range. Don't forget that we offer free shipping on orders over $100 throughout the U.S., including AK and HI.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tanzania Basket Sale

Our Tanzania fruit baskets have been marked down to $11.99 from $14.99 and will remain at the lower price through February. These African baskets are handmade in Tanzania and come in a variety of patterns and colors. We also have Bolga baskets that are similar in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Soapstone Carvings

We have a nice selection of beautiful soapstone carvings from Kenya, like this great soapstone coaster set and the flamingo box pictured here. All of our soapstone carvings are fair trade items, helping support artisans with few options for a livelihood, while keeping traditional craftsmanship alive. We have coaster sets, animal figurines, plates, bowls, soap dishes, and more.

Although we're primarily known for African baskets, handmade soaps (especially beer soap and felted soap), and Nepalese felted wool products, we carry hundreds of other items. Our soapstone carving collection is just one example.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Port Gamble Events 2011

The 2011 Port Gamble calendar of events is now online, and a printed version is available at most shops. It looks to be a great year in our little town. Tango Zulu Imports is offering 10% off all apparel the entire month of February (store only, does not apply to the internet), and many other merchants are also offering discounts. Come check out our felted soap, beer soap, handmade shampoo bars, African baskets, and beautiful Nepalese clothing. Our ethnic jewelry collection continues to grow, as does our Nepalese kitchenware line, like these great felted wool coasters. Our soapstone carvings are fabulous...the list goes on. We're always adding fresh new inventory, from IWAKO Japanese erasers to new Zulu baskets to cool African handbags. Find an event in Port Gamble that suits you, or slip in on a quiet day, and check out the town!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

2011 Plans

As 2011 progresses we intend to continue to add to our line of African baskets. We have as extensive a selection of Bolga baskets as any retailer in the U.S., and are quickly building a fine selection of Zulu baskets. However, we're aware that there are many other wonderful sources of African baskets, from Darfur to Rwanda to Botswana. We are very careful in choosing our vendors, and it isn't always easy to find those products that are high quality, fair trade, reasonably priced, and reliably produced. As we find these sources look for more African baskets to be added to our website.

We're also planning to expand our line of organic baby clothing, something we're very excited about. You'll see a far larger collection on our website by the end of this quarter.

We'll continue to rotate in new types of handmade soaps and handmade shampoo bars, while continuing to stock old favorites, like our beer soap, plum spice soap, and sea salt scrub bars. We'll make sure never to run out of the very popular felted soap!

We're not expecting to make huge changes this year, rather to build on what has worked and do away with what hasn't. Things have happened so fast that it's hard to believe we've only been in business nine months, and we don't want to avoid excessive growing pains as much as possible.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Storage Bolga Baskets Back in Stock

We again have the full range of storage Bolga baskets back in stock. These African baskets are round, lidded, and come in an array of sizes. Some have handles on the sides and the lid. The larger sizes make nice laundry baskets and are great for storing towels, toys, and other household items. The smaller ones are good for sewing kits and other sundries. For a different take on a storage basket, consider a Zulu basket. They are great for stashing dry goods like tea and spices. As with all our products, our African baskets are eligible for free shipping on orders over $100 throughout the U.S. (parcel post only). All of our Bolga baskets and Zulu baskets are fair trade products.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Gifts For the Beer Lover

Looking for a unique gift for a beer connoisseur? Zulu beer baskets are traditionally used to store and transport beer in South Africa. Our Zulu baskets don't include the interior paste that would render them completely watertight, so I wouldn't suggest using them to store liquids, but they are beautiful baskets and can be used as jars for storing dry goods.

We also have a couple of varieties of handmade beer soap. This amber ale beer soap has a slightly hoppy scent and a creamy texture. Our IPA beer soap smells like bread and has a bit of oatmeal for exfoliation. Beer soap is naturally antimicrobial and lathers well. These are both true natural soaps with no synthetic ingredients.

Finally, check out these soapstone coasters, which are perfect for a frosty glass!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

New African Baskets 1/17

We're expecting a nice big shipment of Bolga baskets Monday the 17th, and they should be out on the floor by Tuesday morning. These African baskets are known for their durability and functionality, and are used for everything from shopping to toy storage. Stop in and pick out a practical Bolga basket or an ornamental Zulu basket...or both! We're now carrying so many African baskets to keep up with internet orders that we no longer display all our stock on the floor, so feel free to ask to see what we have in the store room.

While you're here, don't forget to check out our kiondo bags, felted soap, handmade shampoo bars, Nepalese felted wool trivets, and other treasures.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Handmade Soap Update

We have lots of new felted soap in stock, and a great selection of sea salt scrub bars on top of our usual array of handmade cold process soaps. My current favorites are beer soap and lavender soap. Both are true natural soaps with no synthetic ingredients. All of our handmade soaps will last longer if allowed to drain between uses, and our new wood soap dish is perfect for the job. Try our handmade shampoo bar if you're looking for a natural alternative to plastics and parabens. We always have a great selection of handmade soaps and sea salt scrub bars, but we also are happy to take suggestions if you're looking for a particular fragrance.

New African Baskets

We have lots of new African baskets in stock, like these small market bolga baskets and an assortment of dramatic Zulu baskets. We have expanded our offering of flower Bolga baskets, and look for more Tanzania fruit baskets to be online soon. If you visit our storefront bear in mind that we have too many African baskets to display on the floor, so if you want to see what we have in the back room just ask and we'll happily oblige. This is a great time to take advantage of peak selection and pick up a fair trade African basket.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Beautiful New Handmade Felted Soap

Gorgeous new felted soap has arrived! We have freshly made felted soaps in Plum Spice, Lavender, Pepperberry, and Almond Oatmeal. They look and smell divine, and they perform beautifully. Our handmade felted soap is made in small batches right here in Kitsap County, and we're very proud of its appearance and quality. Felted soap is bar soap that has been wrapped in layers of sheep's wool that is soaked multiple times to encourage it to felt, so that is shrinks tightly around the soap. As you use your felted soap, the wool will shrink in the warm water, so it is always snug even as your soap diminishes with use. Like all our handmade soap, felted wool soap will last longer if allowed to dry out between uses, so leave it where it can drain. Our juniper wood draining soap dish will do the trick!