Handcrafted by Empowered Artisans in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti.
With each product you can expect slight variations as a part of the artisan-crafted charm.
Handmade from recycled metal.
How they are made:
- Cut open oil barrel
- Burn it
- Lay the metal out flat on the ground with a stencil pattern on top
- Trace the pattern
- Pound out the shape with a hammer and remove extra pieces
- Sand, varnish, and fold it
Swirls dimensions are 6 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches long. Birds dimensions are 7.5 inches wide and 7 inches long.
While 80% of Haiti's citizens live below the poverty threshold, the country is home to inventive and resourceful artisans who are full of hope and joy. This artisan group uses locally-sourced recycled metals. Croix-des-Bouquets now has over 1,000 metal artisans with over 60 different shops and studios. The jobs created when you purchase their art provide social change and creates opportunities for this community that they otherwise might not have had. The artisans are paid 3x - 4x higher than the minimum wage and are provided educational opportunities, medical care, and the opportunity to keep their families together . Our artisans in Haiti are provided with sustainable and dignified jobs that help support orphan prevention and community development.