OUR STORY

WELCOME TO DASSIE ARTISAN

We are here to inspire you to incorporate the art of good living into your lifestyle and create a home that you are truly proud of, knowing that you are helping us to fight poverty through trade. Our products are ethically produced with a touch of rustic minimalism, and are all unique - handmade by our talented artisans using traditional skills passed down through generations.

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 is representative of the hard work and skills developed over the 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 s 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 SYMBOLS

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.

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.

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.

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-sustainability and economic development.

ECO-FRIENDLY

Produced with no harmful adverse effects on the environment. Kind to the earth.

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.

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.

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 skills to earn a fair living and support their families and the local community.

VINTAGE

An absolute original. One of a kind, with a true sense of history and authenticity.

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.