Created by hand, a true testament to the skills and hard work of the artisans who produce it. Each item is one-of-a-kind and truly unique. No two will ever be identical, which is their real beauty.
Made under fair wages and in fair working conditions, support the development of working communities all over the world and adhering to the principles of fair trade.
Old Age Techniques
Produced using century old traditional techniques, which are learned and passed down through generations. These techniques are regionally specific.
Combining our collective career experience as well as inspiration and knowledge gained travelling the world, we created Dassie Artisan, a brand based on honesty, integrity and great design that inspires others to live well.
Taking inspiration from the worlds of fashion, different cultures and our African roots, we are committed to offering our customers handmade treasures that are lovingly created by talented artisans. Each item is representative of the hard work and skills developed over generations; woven with ounces of culture and years of heritage.
We are proud of the platform we have created for the artisans that we support and so are committed to continuing to grow organically whilst remaining socially and environmentally responsible.
Our mission is to work directly with artisans in developing countries to produce unique, design-led homeware.
We seek to empower our artisans to use their traditional skills and techniques to reach a broader market and create better lives for themselves and their communities.
Our aim is to celebrate individuality and acknowledge our responsibility to inspire and educate our customers to make conscious and honest buying decisions.
Our mission is to fight poverty through trade, by building relationships with talented artisans in developing countries and bring their creations to a wider market using our global platform. We aim to empower and nurture these artisans to make a living from their traditional skills, whilst creating better lives for themselves and their families.
At Dassie Artisan, we are committed to ensuring that we grow ethically and sustainably. We work closely with our artisans to ensure safe working conditions, including fair wages, good hours and equal opportunities. We believe in making sustainable products and are mindful of our impact on not only the people we work with, but also the environments they live in. We are proud to be a member of WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation). As members of WFTO, we adhere to their Ten Principles of Fair Trade and work to support their aims.
We want our values to live on in our customers. Every purchase you make is helping to make positive change. We want you to experience the art of good living through our products, and we strive for the same for the wonderfully gifted people who make them.
To guide informed and inspire conscious consumerism, we have created the Dassie Symbols, to enable our customers to learn and understand the humble beginning of each of our unique products. All of our creations have a story to tell and we want to share it with you. Look for the icons on our products and use our guide to find out more about each of our special products.
Age old techniques. Produced using century old traditional techniques, which are learned and passed down through generations. These techniques are regionally specific.
Cooperative. Created and directed in a co-operative structure, with proceeds reinvested into the community to enable self-sustaibility and economic development.
Eco-friendly. Produced with no harmful adverse effects on the environment. Kind to the earth.
Fairtrade. Made under fair wages and in fair working conditions, support the development of working communities all over the world and adhering to the principles of fair trade.
Good thread. Made from organic or bio-based fibres using organic processes throughout every step of textile production. This process avoids the harmful bleaches, dyes and finishes.
Handmade. Created by hand, a true testament to the skills and hard work of the artisans who produce it. Each item is one-of-a-kind and truly unique. No two will ever be identical, which is their real beauty.
Made by women. Made predominantly by women.
Made in Africa. Made by artisans working in small businesses in developing countries in Africa with high unemployment rates. Allowing them to use their skillsto earn a fair living and support their families and local community.
Vintage. An absolute original. One of a kind, with a true sense of history and autheticity.
Mouth blown glass. Crafted using traditional mouth blown glass making techniques.
Organic. Pure. Produced from raw.
Recycled. Produced using recycled or reclaimed materials that have been salvaged and reconditioned for reuse. This process has a positive impact on the environment and minimalises the flow of waste to landfills. Materials derived from living matter.
Mango wood. Mango trees stop bearing fruit completely, before the trees reach full size, they are replaced with young trees and the harvested wood is an additional source of income for mango farmers. The tree is cut and replaced every 7-15 years, continuing a sustainable cycle ensuring no harm to the environment.