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Red Recycled Tin Seahorse Handmade and Fair Trade

Red Recycled Tin Seahorse - South Africa

$ 17.49

Made from steel wire and large strips of old aluminium cans in shades of red, this seahorse is about 8 inches in length, with a hook for hanging. This type of modern South African art is produced in the local slums and townships, where artisans turn to using recycled materials to produce these whimsical creations. Color may vary, depending on the can used to create each piece.

Meet the Artisans

Township Art

Township Art is made across South Africa and Zimbabwe, Pieces in this category are made by a variety of artisans. The beaded animals are imported from South Africa but the artisans of Mhotsi Arts a co operative of twelve people,eight men and four women are situated in Chitungwiza,a township 15 kilometers south of Harare in Zimbabwe. The cooperative was formed in 2004 to enable market access to the North American market. During recent years daily life for the artisans has become more difficult as exporting from Zimbabwe has become a challenge leading the group to export from South Africa.

Other pieces come from The Bat Shop and Gugu Crafters in South Africa.

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