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.
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.
These pottery pieces are among the few in the world using organic plant pigments to decorate.
MAMÁ GALLINA JUG
Whether you’re using it to serve water, sangria, or even as a piece of décor, this jug is certain to be a conversation starter.
Coyotepec is the most recognized pottery community in Mexico because of its black clay.
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.
Forged in the heart of Nairobi by Sylvester, these designs are anchored in a strong sense of tradition.
Our debut collection of brass jewelry and home objects are made from 100% upcycled brass.
Made by hand from – discarded padlocks + coins that would have ended up in the junkyard.
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.
TOTEM CANDLE SET
These Sumac candles are made from wax that is harvested from the fruit of the Japanese Haze tree.
A bright flame, an elegant shape, and a time-honoured tradition. Burns for 240 minutes.
2-piece candle gift set
Perfect as a gift, this set includes a cast iron stand and a sumac candle in a reusable wooden box.