Uganda is a landlocked country in east-central Africa, surrounded by Sudan, Kenya, Zaire, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Often overshadowed by Kenya, Uganda's larger neighbor, few people are aware of the fine
quality products that come from Uganda.
A beautiful country with a troubled recent past but promising future, Uganda has a wide array of traditional crafts.
We offer you products made from bark cloth in combination with recycled paper - a fast-growing trade in Uganda.
Many NGO (non-governmental organizations) and international organizations such as the UN
and USAID have been providing shredded office paper, which the Ugandans then reprocess into new paper sheets.
Items such as elephant grass and pineapple tops are added to give the paper a more interesting appearance.
Bark cloth was one of the first fabrics of tropical Africa and to this day has strong ritual important to the
people of Uganda. Our bark cloth items are from an area on the Southwest part of Uganda near Lake Victoria.
Once popular as fabric for clothing including the traditional dress known as the lusango, bark cloth is
now used for many everyday items such as placemats, book covers and purses.
Also common is the combination of bark cloth and recycled paper to craft items such as
beautiful journals and photo albums.
Please note that quantities are limited on these products, and we may not be receiving more.
Large Bark Cloth Photo Albums for 64 Photos $22.00
These 9" x 7" photo albums are filled with photo display sheets for your favorite 4" x 6" pictures.
Albums will hold 64 4" x 6" photos, with 2 photos per page.
Shown is the Lizard design; a Tree design and an Elephant design are also available.
Designs will vary slightly.
(Sorry - the Lizard is out of stock.)
Bark Cloth Photo Albums for 36 Photos $16.00
These 6.5" x 4.5" photo albums are filled with photo display sheets for your favorite 4" x 6" pictures.
Albums will hold 36 4" x 6" photos, with 1 photo per page.
Shown are the Elephant and Tree designs; a Lizard is also available. Designs will vary slightly.
(Sorry - out of stock)
Bark cloth typically comes from fig trees. These fig trees can be stripped once a year and then the bark re-grows, so
it's a renewable natural resource.
The inner (light-colored) and outer (dark) layers of bark are separated.
The light layers, called the bast, are soaked in water and then are beaten on an anvil with a mallet of
wood or stone.
The beating separates the fibers from the bast and allows for a smoother more supple fabric.
Bark cloth patterns are created from stencils and are embroidered with sisal.
Each pattern can have a special meaning for a village or family, and abstract and zig-zag shapes are quite common.
The group crafting these products has been together for 5 years, and provides lunch everyday, local transportation
and monthly medical attention to the artisans.
Handmade, Recycled Sets of Decorated Notepaper and Envelopes
10 pieces notepaper, 11 envelopes $25.00
Before email and cheap phone calls, everyone wrote letters to friends and family.
These beautiful sets of handmade paper are great for
memorable "Thank You" notes, "I Love You", "I Miss You", ...
Reuse is better than just recycling, and these are 100% recycled handmade notes and envelopes, with elephant grass.
You get 10 pieces of handmade paper and 11 envelopes, nicely presented in a handmade paper folder.
Two designs are available. Shown here is the front cover of the elephant design, and the inside of the lizard design.
(The lizard design would have a lizard on the front cover, and the elephant design would show elephants on each notepaper.)
(Sorry - elephants are out of stock)
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