Kuzera Patio Chair – Natural
Our Kuzera patio furniture are handwoven from wild date palm. The artisan harvests these palm fronds, pulling apart the stringy threads, braiding them into ropes that are then dried in the sun. The artisan weaves the braided fronds around a galvanized metal frame. The final product is exquisitely constructed, sturdy and very comfortable.
They are hand crafted for the utmost stability and produced to add fun and function into any home.
Sold from our Minneapolis showroom only
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Our Kuzera patio furniture are handwoven from wild date palm. The artisan harvests these palm fronds, pulling apart the stringy threads, braiding them into ropes that are then dried in the sun. The artisan weaves the braided fronds around a repurposed re-bar metal frame. The final product is exquisitely constructed, sturdy and very comfortable.
Dan - Iron & Glass
A teacher at heart, Dan’s primary mission is to alleviate poverty by giving every child in his adopted home village a chance to learn to read.
You are struck by his quiet demeanor when you meet him, and you sense his patience as he takes every question with a smile. Meet Dan, who together with his assistants is transforming discarded glass and metal into beautiful pieces of functional art – their artistic contribution to cleaning of our planet.
He started out as a teacher, guiding artisans in remote villages to perfect their skills and ensure product quality. Through this work, he discovered his passion for art and design. He took a leap of faith, leaving the city to find solace in a small town where he would pursue his new passion: transforming discarded glass and metal into art. Why the village? Dan tells us the rural location provides him the peace and quiet he needs to be creative, while also allowing him to serve his community by providing employment to the men and women in the village.
Dan’s educational background is varied; he attended technical college where he obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree and went on to earn a diploma in Rural Arts and Industry from the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He brings this background to the training of his employees, providing them with the skills needed to achieve economic independence, regardless of their level of formal education. He tells us, “Parents drop off children they cannot afford to support; others come here looking for an income to make ends meet. But I tell them: you are here to learn skills which, depending on your willingness to learn, can shape your life; in the process you can also earn an income.” Currently he has eight assistants, and has the reputation of helping his employees attain higher education. A majority of his employees are pursuing higher education in a variety of fields, including communication, nursing and welding.
A teacher at heart, Dan’s primary mission is to alleviate poverty by giving every child in his adopted home village a chance to learn to read. He tells us, “We need to give the children the opportunity to read and fill their minds with worthwhile things.” To this end he has started a community library, currently housed in a small 8’ x 8’ room donated and staffed by community volunteers. Part of the proceeds from his iron work sales are used to purchase books for the library.
History of Baskets
Evidence tells us that humans have been making and using baskets for as long as we can trace, making basket weaving one of the oldest art forms known. These ancient baskets were used for a variety of reasons, based primarily on the geographical needs of the weavers; those who lived near water created baskets to help with fishing needs, while people living inland wove baskets that aided them with harvesting, carrying, and storing grains.
The variety of weaves and materials used worldwide make for thousands of different types and styles of baskets; it has been said that baskets are a reflection of the diverseness found in the population today. Each individual weaver creates their own masterpieces with varying weaves, materials, colors, and patterns. The purpose for which the basket was woven also factors into the intricate designs; some are woven tight enough to hold water, while others are made with a more open weave.
Traditional basket weavers use materials they have at hand to create the baskets needed sustain their lives. The materials historically consist of natural fibers which can be found in the native environment. Examples of typical fibers include many varieties of grasses, vines, trees, and roots. Essentially, any material flexible and strong enough to withstand weaving can be used. Baskets vary not only across geographies and cultures, but also within the regions in which they are created, based on the creator and the materials available in the immediate area.
When the trading and selling of goods between distant lands became common, items to be traded or sold were stored in baskets to accommodate the many forms of transportation. Because these baskets traveled across seas and continents, weaving styles and designs were ultimately distributed throughout the world and shared across cultures; some were adopted for practical use, others coveted for their craftsmanship and attractiveness.
Just the same as ages past, baskets today are used for functional purposes and are also appreciated as forms of art. Many are collected and displayed simply for their beauty. True basket weaving is still done by hand, so it remains an art form: handmade and quite personal, carrying the artistic signature of the person who made it.
Whether you have baskets in your home to store and organize, or for the uniqueness and beauty, please enjoy them. Someone, somewhere has put much effort and artistic touch into your hand-made basket, and it is indeed, special and one of a kind.