Cebra Shows that Fair Trade Crafts Can be Stylish

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Cebra supports local African co-operatives by selling their high quality handmade crafts. Our "purchase with a clear conscience" principle aims to prevent ancient craftmanship from disappearing.

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Cebra sells a fabulous range of fair trade crafts from Africa from their newly launched website. The company's founder, Sabine Oppenlander, has done masses of groundwork bringing together an eclectic range of gifts that are all traded fairly. If you are looking for something different, Cebra sells a range of raku ceramics, antique African jewellery, contemporary designer jewellery, handbags and baskets, hand painted silk shawls and gifts.

Many of the goods are made using renewable raw materials and all are of high quality. To reinforce her committment to fair trade, Sabine has applied for membership to the Fair Trade Federation and the British Association for Fair Trade Shops. Cebra support local communities by buying goods fairly, which not only ensures their production in the future but also that the craftmanship involved and the designs will not vanish. Their suppliers are mainly local co-operatives run by women who have become the bread winners in the family.

The raku ceramics are handmade in a workshop near Cape Town. Each piece in this unique Euro/Afrocentric range of figures, animals, candle holders, bowls and eggs is different and there are more than fifty to choose from online.

The eye catching jewellery is heavily influenced by African traditions and designs, each piece being handmade using sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Bracelets are made from freshwater pearls, amber or sterling silver beads, whilst some use porcupine quills. The company is expanding its range of antique jewellery and if an item is already sold as you place an order, they will email you with images of similar items. Cebra also sell Miglio fashion jewellery made in South Africa, which uses Swarovski crystals, plated gold and silver and semi-precious stones. Buy a catalogue online or host a selling party, details of which are online.

Sabine has included a small range of beauty products that include moisturizing butters and cream and African black soap, which is made in Togo, West Africa. The raffia handbags and baskets, made in Madagascar, are brightly coloured and offer a delightful alternative to leather. The handbags are exclusive to Cebra in Europe.

Cebra uses mail surface shipping to contribute to environmentally friendly transportation. The company sources packaging made from biodegradable materials.

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