The Graceful Giraffe
Handcrafted Treasures by Local and Global Artisans
6061 Highway 117, Mentone, Alabama
Rick Fey: 404.630.2919 Debra Fey: 404.630.2918
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Below are just a few examples of our many products You can either scroll down and look at each area or click below to jump down to a specific one. For descriptions of new products and special sales, check our Facebook page.
Here are a few examples of our hand-carved bone rings which look great on both women and men. The bone is carved, then a batik process adds the color and design. All of the rings vary in size; the style shown is not adjustable (but the rings are all sizes). Some styles have an adjustable metal band with bone. All are original works of art. From Kenya
NECKLACES, BRACELETS, EARRINGS, CHOKERS, BANGLES, AND CUFFS:
Here are a few examples of our huge jewelry selection. These beautiful pieces are handcrafted by artisans from all parts of Africa and indeed from around the world. Many of our items are certified fair trade, and the pieces come from artisan cooperatives which ensures that the artist receives a fair wage for the product.
These pieces are made from a variety of resources readily available in the country where the artist resides, including many recycled or easily renewable products like bone and horn, metal and wire, stone and glass, bead and shell, wood, hemp and leather, and coconut and woven banana leaves. We offer authentic silver from the Tuarug tribe of North Africa and artisans in rural Mexico. We offer “bloodstone” jasper, “tiger eye” other semi-precious stones. Some pieces have beautiful abalone inlays. Whatever the material used, it is transformed into wearable, one-of-a-kind art. We bring you a wide selection of beautiful jewelry from artists and fair trade cooperatives in Africa and India, Mexico and Chile, and parts of Indonesia.
Our purses, backpacks, satchels and totes are all hand-crafted using natural and easily available materials, such as 100% cotton, leather, sisal and jute. The cotton and jute bags are all hand-painted. The authentic hand-painted mudcloth bags from Mali are created from a traditional mud batik process and will be a real conversation-starter. Most bags are lined. They come with pockets, zippers, and Velcro to keep you organized and ready to go. Styles vary. Check back often! From Kenya, Mali, and Nepal
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SCULPTURES, CARVINGS AND CANVASES
These one-of-a-kind hand-carved sculptures and carvings are unusual and beautiful. Made from readily available resources like wood, soapstone and even banana leaf, each is truly a piece of art. Check back often as our selection changes. Here are a few examples of our Kenyan collection.
HABERSHAM “WICKLESS” WAXEN VESSELS AND SPHERES:
The fragrance of candles without the flame!
Our shop is the local resource for the Habersham Candle Company’s wickless candles. We offer all the popular fragrances, including their number one selling fragrance, Habersham Sage (with its fresh forest scent).
Other fragrances include:
-- floral (like Hydrangea or Gardenia Water Lily)
-- herbal (like Lavendar-Chamemoile or Butterfly Garden)
-- fruity (like Georgia Peach Blossom)
-- clean and fresh scent like Sea Scape and White Tea and Citrus, and
-- a wonderful home fragrance (like Harvest Home or Freedom) with the
“fresh baked” essence of cloves, cinnamon and granny smith apples.
And not only do these wickless vessels and spheres have a fragrance you cannot believe, each one has hand-laid petals and berries laid into the wax, turning each into a stunning piece of art. These photos simply do not do the pieces credit. You must see (and smell) for yourselves!
Fragrance Notes: Butterfly fresh and naturally appealing; this infusion of leafy green basil is perfectly complimented with sweet notes of sage, chopped parsley and thyme. A touch of cedar wood and a shimmer of lemon grass complete this garden fresh fragrance.
Fragrance Notes: A mouth watering fragrance of fresh baked crust, mingling perfectly with notes of granny smith apple, cinnamon, cloves and sweet brown sugar, instantly takes you home, where Mom's fresh baked apple pie is just out of the oven. Home! America! Freedom!
Fragrance Notes: Soft floral notes of lily and rose waft beneath a sweet creamy vanilla base. A garden fresh experience!
Fragrance Notes: Essence of fresh gardenia blossom floats in a gentle watery accord, blending seamlessly with the tranquility and calm of water lily, white jasmine and notes of leafy green fern and oak moss. Capture the reflective peace of visiting a Spa By the Sea.
Also by Habersham Candle Company:
Moisturize those dry hands and elbows, but without all the grease! These all-natural soy-based products are moisturizing cakes in a travel tin. Or sit the cake out on a pretty dish and it’s ready to be picked up to quickly sooth your dry skin. Available in many popular fragrances, including Habersham Sage, Lemon Vanilla, and Lavender chamomile.
These colorful beads (below) are made from recycled Kantha textiles and are dotted with tiny brass beads. A clasp in the back allows the necklace to be worn long, layered, or even as a chunky bracelet. Stretch bracelet offered separately. Certified Fair Trade from a low-income women's cooperative of artisans in India. Read on to learn more: Kanthas originate in Bangladesh and the eastern states of India, where women stitch together layers of old saris and tossed-aside cloth scraps to create thin throws used as blankets and cushions--or in this case beautiful jewelry. The cooperative helps provide work (not charity) by identifying markets and handling the logistics to bring these handmade pieces to consumers throughout the world. As one local artist says, "We can now live the life we want, without cultural restraints. We feel empowered, like there's nothing we can't do. The factors keeping us oppressed are gone."
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