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OUR ARTISANS

With every purchase, you are supporting meaningful income opportunities for artisans

ARTISAN MADE GOODS

With every purchase, you are supporting meaningful income opportunities for artisans

our artisan partners

At Obakki, our artisan partners are part of our extensive global family. We’re in touch on a regular basis and their quality of life—and ability to sustain themselves and their communities—will always be our top priority as a company. Their happiness, health, and financial independence all matter to us.

By respecting the creativity and technique of every artisan, Obakki helps to give communities a stronger sense of cultural independence and pride, and we think that’s important. The way we operate is slightly different from most modern businesses, and we like it that way because it means we can honestly trace each product from concept to completion.

MEXICO 

THE POTTERS FROM OAXACA

Our artisan partners in Oaxaca see the magic in their materials and have perfected their craft over generations, creating classic handmade clay objects that combine the wisdom of tradition with the power of innovation.

Rooted in history, each artist has a specific source of mud and sand that is used to bring a unique style to the finished piece. Working with experienced hands and simple tools, embellishments are made with smooth stones and natural pigment to create these beautiful and useful pieces.

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Mexican Artisan Collective Potters of Oaxaca Standing Together
Handmade Artisan Mixteca Jar - Serveware | Obakki

These pottery pieces are among the few in the world using organic plant pigments to decorate. 

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Handmade Artisan Black Coffee Pot - Cookware | Obakki

The smoked finish on this piece is unique to the Atzompa region.

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Handmade Artisan Black Coyotepec Vase - Vases | Obakki

Coyotepec is the most recognized pottery community in Mexico because of its black clay.  

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Artisan Blacksmith Brassmaker Kenya Sylvester

KENYA 

MEET SYLVESTER

The Blacksmith from Nairobi. Our debut collection of brass is anchored in a strong sense of tradition, forged in the heart of Nairobi by our artisan partner, Sylvester.

Hailing from a family of blacksmiths, Sylvester grew up inspired by his father who worked with metal to support their family.

Now, as a father of five, Sylvester has carried this tradition forward—and we are honoured to introduce you to his handcrafted work.

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Handmade Artisan Brass Spiral Ring Jewelry Sylvester | Obakki

Forged in the heart of Nairobi by Sylvester, these designs are anchored in a strong sense of tradition.

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Handmade Artisan Brass Signet Ring Jewelry Sylvester | Obakki

Our debut collection of brass jewelry and home objects are made from 100% upcycled brass.

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Handmade Artisan Brass Arrowhead Cuff Jewelry Sylvester | Obakki

Made by hand from – discarded padlocks + coins that would have ended up in the junkyard.

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Artisan Candlemakers Nanao Hand Rolling Candles Japan

JAPAN

THE CANDLEMAKERS FROM NANAO

For centuries, these candlemakers have been designing candles with nature in mind—derived from plant-based raw materials such as Sumac wax and created in unique shapes inspired by the plants that grow in the region where they’re made. 

By using a special wick made from a recipe that dates back to the 16th century, the flames burn bigger and brighter than conventional candles.

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Handmade Artisan Sumac Totem Candle Set | Obakki

These Sumac candles are made from wax that is harvested from the fruit of the Japanese Haze tree.

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Handmade Artisan Sumac Brass Candle Gift Set Large | Obakki

A bright flame, an elegant shape, and a time-honoured tradition. Burns for 240 minutes.

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Handmade Artisan Black Sumac Candle Brass Gift Set Small | Obakki

Perfect as a gift, this set includes a cast iron stand and a sumac candle in a reusable wooden box.

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