Focus – Sephari Artisan
Introducing – Etsha Weavers Group
Dateline – Botswana

Etsha Weavers Group is based over 1,500 kms. away from the Capital city of Botswana. This has helped create a sustainable employment and income for all its weavers.

As experienced art class basket weavers they felt the prices that they were getting for their work was not enough and did not justify the work they put into weaving. Weaving baskets is a lot of hard work and it can take months or even a year to finish a large basket. They were tired and ready to stop weaving!

Etsha Weavers Group suggested them to form a group and try to market their artworks directly to the consumers. They now have 24 women in their group and they were able to sell most of the artworks to collectors from many different countries. They are keen to continue with their weaving skills and if they can find more customers they will allow more women from the community to join the group. Maybe one day they can have the world University of Basket making in Etsha.

<!–* parts / source compiled from various websites –>

About Botswana

Diamonds are the most important export income for Botswana. The country is the highest producer of high quality Diamonds in the whole world.

Sephari, (pronounced safari) is a collaboration of artisans and merchants from all over the world who craft beautiful and rare treasures. Sephari is about craftsmanship, artistry, connecting with each other around the globe, and eco-creativity.

Eco-creativity means both eco as in green and eco as in economy. Some Sephari artisans and merchants live in struggling and remote economies and it is our mission at Sephari to help them through ECOnomic-creativity.

Featured Products

Bombolulu Workshop For Handicapped was the first workshop to be set up and today, it has a production capacity of over 150,000 units per annum. Most products are hand made. Every month over 500 different designs are made of components such as bone products, soapstone, brass, seeds, copper, wood, semi precious stones, and recycled materials among others. The recycled products made from soda cans and bottle tops serves as a clear evidence of the project’s great concern for the environment. All the recycled cans are beautiful crafted into brooches, Christmas decorations, bracelets and necklaces.

Woodcarving started in 1989 and produces a variety of decorative and utilitarian carvings. The products range from animal figures, masks, salad spoons, belts, buckles, wooden buttons, and nativity sets. This workshop has a production capacity of 40,000 units per year and boasts of a skill second to none in flexible animals (snakes, fish and crocodiles ideal for toys and decorations.) Over 70% of the carvings produced are made from ‘good woods’ (sustainable woods) such as neem, mango, coconut, prosopis juliflora, and casuarina.

Tailoring workshop was set up in 1987. It depicts a range of textile products – screen printed fashion wear, table clothes, napkins, table mats, wall hanging based on traditional motifs. The workshop has also revealed the ability to marry the ethnic designs with the fashion trends of this country. Other productions are like embroidery and appliqué. The workshop has a production capacity of 24, 000 unit items per annum.

The leather workshop was started in 1990, and has a workforce of 8 artisans with a production capacity of 7,000 units per year. The collection includes belts, sandals, handbags, brief cases, tablemats, backpacks, canvas bags among others. The workshop uses genuine leather obtained from local tanneries, which mainly uses hides from cattle and goats.


Bone Lamp – from recycled bone.

Bombolulu Workshop for Handicapped, whose mission is to enable persons with physical disabilities to overcome their limitations by empowering them economically and socially so that they become fully integrated members of their communities in Kenya.

Brief History

The ecology and fashion designers all tell us that everything gets recycled. Fashion and design have to be the most regular and most popular of the recycled products. Everything is influenced by something else. This being true, one product can give rise to another, reworked and re-evaluated product. Something that has been recycled three times already this century are the sentiments, politics and artwork.

The Industrial Revolution and the strict, high Christian morality produced a materialistic, narrow, consumer people. Towards the end of the century, piety, greed and failing imperialism gave rise to a new group of artists and thinkers all over the world.

Aluminum Cans Recycling

Aluminum cans have been used to produce jewels since they came into production. Once damaged beyond repair, these are thrown away and contribute to the accumulated, non-biodegradable wastes those governments and environmental advocates try to manage. Also, once disposed, these cans bleed chemicals into the earth. Incinerating these materials, only releases toxins that are the primary cause of cancer. Hence, there are consumers who have put this to heart and are finding ways to recycling cans.

There are a handful of companies who not only seek to reap the rewards of their businesses but also promote earth-friendly ways to help the environment by recycling aluminum cans.

In summary, used cans can be recycled. There are communities, especially in Kenya that used recycled materials to make jewels. The growth in the industry has led to increased production and jewels made out of recycled materials are in demand because they are less expensive than those made of new materials.

Bones Recycling

Not much difference with aluminum cans, bones are biodegradable and can be consumed by animals or absorbed by soil to be the source of nutrients, most of the time there are bones left “unconsumed”. These are also recycled to be jewelries that people like in Kenya communities does to make this bones in good use.

* parts/source compiled from various websites and retrieved on 7/16/08

Recycled aluminum cans are kept out of the landfill and reused to make you a guardian angel to keep you on your earth saving path.

 

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Sephari Guide consulting directions while on search for missing Sephari.wordpress.com blog. 
 
 
 
Most unfortunate thing happened on June 24, 2009.  SP (name withheld to protect the guilty) deleted the entire Sephari.wordpress.com blog.  She did this on purpose. She also deleted our facebook and myspace pages.  Last week she gave notice and after 3 days of no email replies, I changed the passwords on as many of the priveldged areas as possible.  Of course I did not have administrative access to our sephari blog.  She keep that factoid to herself.  She was my most trusted right hand person.  When she gave notice I really contemplated closing Sephari down.  It was a real setback to us.  Not that our blog was super special or even well written, it was more of the broken links in google seach results that bothered me.  In fact just yesterday I went through the blog and pulled out the best entries and reposted them on http://sephari.com/l-13-sephari-blog.aspx.
 
 
Sephari Blog Rolls On
 
Thanks to the helpful wordpress support Team. I’m happy to report to you today that the Sephari.wordpress.com is back from the depths of delete.  So please visit the blog site. Doesn’t that make you worry a little?  All those things we think we are deleteing are really not deleted!
 
  
Protect your blogs Administrative User Account 
  
That is the lesson here from the wordpress support Team.