LOVIN ‘SUMMER 2019’
We are excited to offer you our extensive range of handcrafted products, from baskets to home décor.
All our products are sourced directly from individual vendors and we pride ourselves on fair trade.no child labour or endangered animal or plants are used. Everything in our range is made to order for Tropical Traders.
Our baskets are made from various woven reeds and then either covered in handwoven hand dyed raffia or sisal or just left as natural reed baskets either plain or dyed. All our handles are leather and all the baskets have protective leather corners cotton “souffle” or drawstring closures.
These come in a huge range of colours styles and sizes. For moms and tots.
We have an amazing range of 100% cotton handwoven throws that we make up into bean bags, pouffes, scatters and floor cushions. All loose cover to enable easy washing and all are available either filled or flat pack for easy freighting. Custom sizes can be ordered.
Tropical traders have a very big range of hand woven, plaited or crocheted hats for men, women and children. These are uncrushable .available in many colours.
We have a big selection of assorted handwoven Raffia placemats that come in packs of 6 in various sizes and shapes. We also do coasters.
Our extensive range of recycled novelty metal items like VW combi vans, tractors, Harley Davidsons etc
Our rice storage baskets are always available as are the 3 series long fish traps and 3 series round fish catchers.
We also do natural raffia and raffia/banana leaf by the meter. They are 1.2m wide and makes the most fantastic lampshades.
Our little girls hand embroidered hand-smocked cotton dresses are available in ages 1 – 6 years in 3 styles over an assortment of colours.
We pride ourselves on being a Fair Trade company
Wikipedia describes Fairtrade as “an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. It advocates the payment of a higher price to exporters as well as higher social and environmental standards.
Fair Trade is at the heart of our business at Tropical Traders Africa. We have around 15 families that produce all our different products. They are self-employed and do not work out of large factories or warehouses. Every single item is handmade and we work very closely together in developing new styles and designs. This is what makes our product so unique and special. This has had an enormous beneficial impact on the families concerned and has created a huge upliftment within their communities.
Our products are hand-made from raffia and recycled materials where possible. Some interesting facts about raffia and the manufacturing of our products: Raffia is obtained from the raffia palm tree or Raphia Farinifera, which has the largest leaves of any palm tree, so it is a logical source for fibre. The tree is now cultivated specifically for harvest, meaning raffia is produced from a sustainable natural resource. It is valued by crafters as it is soft, durable and easy to dye. It is invaluable to outdoor projects as it does not shrink with moisture, yet is pliable enough to weave. It is dyed using natural vegetable dyes and then woven into lengths which are then used to manufacture all the different items available.