Tree of Life Fair Trade Menorah
This exquisitely beaded menorah features birds, flowers, and fruit decorating a tree of life, for blessing, prosperity and happiness. Made under the auspices of African Home, a member of the World Fair Trade Federation. By purchasing a Fair Trade item, you are empowering underprivileged artisans and promoting social justice by working directly with them and paying them fair wages for handmade, quality products. Because of the fair wages artisans are paid, they are able to bring home enough enough money to support their entire families and send their children to school to receive an education.
Uses traditionally sized Chanukah candles. Made in South Africa. As this piece is handcrafted, colors may vary slightly.
Out of stock
Materials: Wire; beads
Size: 3″ x 12″ x 2 1/2″
Meet the Artist: George Mahaso – African Home
George Mahaso was born and grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. When he was 13 years old, he began to make and sell wire cars so he could earn money to buy clothes for himself, as well as for toys for his seven siblings. He immigrated to South Africa when he was 23, part of a wave of young artists who were self-taught in creating wire products and seeking employment opportunities not available in Zimbabwe. He has chosen to work independently from home so he can spend more time with his family. In 2010, he was introduced to African Home, a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, and has become one of the key designers of their wire and bead menorahs. His attention to detail and ability to turn out high qiality bead work set him apart as a master beadsmith. Working with a fair trade organization, George, like the other artisans at African Home, is paid a living wage and can afford to send his children to school and feed his family.Learn More