Kenyan Banana Fiber Lion Toy

Submitted by Julie Brumlik July 22nd, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

I buy these from Kwaze-Kwasa, an online store that sells crafts from Sub-Sarahan Africa to raise money for AIDs and poverty blighted communities there. I love the toys’ whimsy and detail. (The craftspeople distinguish between the fruit fly and the house fly.) The toys are made by wrapping banana fiber and other natural vegetation around a wire frame, sometimes adding seeds for eyes. They cost $5-10 each, and have lots of personality.

(catalogue description): Pictured is a hand crafted lion. This lead-free East African banana fiber and sisal decoration or toy from Kenya and Uganda, East Africa makes an interesting gift for the toy collector or a child’s toy. Banana fiber tightly wrapped on a wire frame forms the lion. The detail of the finished animal is very creative and unique to these Kenyan artists. The natural vegetable fiber animal is an environmentally friendly decoration or (lead-free) toy made from natural sustainable materials that sells for more than $15 in USA organic (natural product) and home d√©cor stores! We are able to offer them at moderate prices by contracting directly with the crafters at fair trade prices.The photograph is generic as no two lions are identical being crafted by hand from natural vegetation fiber that varies in color. However, we guarantee you will be satisfied with your purchase!
Welcome to Kwaze-Kwasa [USA] Inc.
This online store is dedicated to the impoverished AIDS-impacted communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
As the outlet for more than 200 people in impoverished circumstances or communities, every purchase made provides sustainable employment and income.
All products are made under fair trade contracts and every worker receives a livable wage above local market rates.
100% of total net profits are returned to the same communities for their non-government grassroots AIDS orphan programs.

2 Responses to “Kenyan Banana Fiber Lion Toy”

  1. Allee Willis

    This is beautiful. How tall is it? Love the textures and homemade quality. And all for a noble cause to boot.

    (The AWMOK Jungle Animal Petting Zoo is a scenic attraction whose cages are currently being filled to coincide with the release of the upcoming Pomplamoose with Allee Willis “Jungle Animal” VideoSong and online music game and contest. Jungle tamer, AWMOK creator, curator and charming hostess, Allee Willis, me, will be steadily leading jungle animals to their cages over the next 1-2 months or so as you bring them here until the song is released. If ever there ever was a category that was primed to be kitschified it’s that of “Jungle Animal” as all the stripes, spots and fur have been inspiration for designers since the beginning of time. I thank you all in advance for placing your jungle pets in such an illustrious cage as The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch. Keep them coming!)