Saturday, July 30, 2011

Handmade Soap at Tango Zulu

We have three types of handmade soap at Tango Zulu. Our standard handmade soap has an old-fashioned lye base and is enriched with shea butter. Our felted soap includes our standard soap with sheep's wool felted around it. The wool acts as a built-in scrubber and will shrink around your soap as the soap diminishes with use. Finally, our sea salt soap has an absorbent bentonite clay base and includes sea salt. This dense soap works well on oily skin, as it will draw out oils and impurities without drying the skin. All of our handmade soaps come in a variety of fragrances.

Friday, July 29, 2011

New Fair Trade Products from Kenya

We have lots of beautiful new products from Kenya, including Sata baskets, soapstone carvings, and goatskin drums. These fair trade products join our existing collection of Kenyan jewelry, kiondo bags, and banana leaf art.

Historic Port Gamble Theater Grand Opening

The Grand Opening for the historic Port Gamble Theater is today! Check out the Port Gamble website for more information on it as well as other events in our sweet little town. Tango Zulu will be staying open later this evening in case anyone wants to do a little pre-show shopping for African baskets, organic cotton clothing, handmade soaps, and other artisan items from around the world.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sea Salt Soap

We have lots of fresh new handmade sea salt soap in stock. Our Peppermint and Eucalyptus scents are our most popular this summer, but customers also love Plum Spice, Hot Chocolate, and Ginger Citrus. These soaps have a bentonite clay base, which along with the sea salt helps draw impurities from the skin. They are dense and long lasting if allowed to drain between uses. Shop online or at our Kitsap gift store.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sata Baskets

We have wonderful new coil baskets from Uganda and Kenya, like the Sata basket pictured here. These fair trade baskets are beautiful enough to use strictly as an art piece, but they are equally well-suited for holding soap, bread, or other household items. Shop online or visit our fair trade store in Port Gamble, Kitsap County, WA.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Felted Soap Back in Stock!

We have felted soap back in stock at Tango Zulu, joining our other handmade soap made here in Kitsap County. Our current fragrances are Plum Spice, Sweet Coconut, Peppermint, and Lavender. They are beautiful, practical, and they smell divine. And at $6.50 for a 4 oz soap, they are a great buy.Link

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Bolga Basket Style

We have some brand new styles of Bolga baskets in stock, as we continue to build our African basket collection. These cylinder baskets come in three sizes and have inset handles. Depending on the size, they may great wastebaskets, potted plant holders, or laundry baskets. Look for more new styles on the website soon, and they are already available in out Port Gamble, WA fair trade store.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New Bolga Baskets

We got a big shipment of fair trade Bolga baskets in yesterday, so our selection is at its peak. It's a great time to pick up a market basket, or one of the new Ghana purses, or any of the other dozens of styles of African baskets and purses that we carry. Shop online or visit our fair trade store in Kitsap County, WA.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Uganda Coil Baskets

We have beautiful new Uganda coil baskets, like the one pictured here. These fair trade African baskets are also available in brown. Here are the details:

Product Description

  • Diameter: Approximately 16"
  • Depth: Approximately 6"
  • Color and Pattern: Green Starburst
  • Country of Origin: Uganda

This beautiful handmade coil basket is a traditional fair trade product from Uganda. It is round with a flat bottom and is very stable and symmetrical. It has a green and cream starburst pattern and is approximately 16" in diameter and 6" deep. This striking African basket has a loop for hanging and a tight, durable weave. It is suitable as an art piece but also makes a wonderful bowl for bread, fruit, and other household items. This coil basket is made from dyed and natural raffia (a type of palm) strips, which are wrapped around local grasses and stalks of banana palm leaves, resulting in a sustainable product with little impact on the environment. Because each Uganda coil basket is handwoven, the basket you receive may vary slightly from the one in the image, although it will be very similar.

When you purchase a fair trade item like this Uganda coil basket, you receive a beautiful artisan product while helping a family in a developing country raise their standard of living. Additionally, you are playing an important part in keeping traditional crafts alive.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

African Basket Expansion

The first African baskets we carried at Tango Zulu were Bolga baskets from Ghana. They did so well we soon added Zulu baskets and Darfur baskets. We recently got in some Sata baskets from Kenya that are just divine, as well as beautiful Uganda baskets, delicate Fulani baskets from Mali, and sturdy fruit baskets from Nigeria. We love finding artisan baskets and will continue to seek out new additions to our selection.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fair Trade Kitchenware at Tango Zulu

Whether you're in the market for an African fruit basket, olive wood utensils, felted oven mitts, or ebony salad servers, we have plenty of fair trade kitchenware for you. We also have beautiful Tunisian ceramic mugs and dishes. Stop by our fair trade store in Kitsap County or shop online.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Organic Cotton Dresses

This great organic cotton dress is from Uganda, and is a fair trade product. It comes in multiple colors. They each have a simple t-shirt shape that works with a lot of different body types, and are super soft and comfortable. They come with a multicolored Ugandan wax cloth sash that can be used as a scarf or a belt.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sea Salt Soap

We have lots of exfoliating sea salt soap in stock. Like all our handmade soap, our sea salt scrub bars are made in small batches here in Kitsap County. They are hard, dense, and perfect for oily skin or anyone who needs a little exfoliating action (and who doesn't?). They will last a long time if allowed to drain between uses - obviously you don't want salt to sit in water.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Uganda Wax Cloth Bags

We love our gorgeous new fair trade wax cloth bags from Uganda. Not only are they fair trade products that help Ugandan women support their families, they are made from organic cotton and so are environmentally friendly. They come in an assortment of patterns and colors. Also, don't forget to use coupon code fairtrade through July 31st for a 10% discount on all our products, from felted soap to African baskets to fused glass jewelry.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

New Products First Half of July

In the next two weeks we're expecting some new styles of African baskets, including two brand new versions of Bolga baskets, Fulani baskets, and Nigerian baskets. We're also expecting African art, like the banana leaf art from Kenya pictured here, and some lovely paintings from Senegal. Fused Glass jewelry from Chile, olive wood and ebony utensils from Kenya, and Shanzu Lamu bags also from Kenya. Last but not least, more felted soap is on the way!