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Our Social Enterprise partners offer a range of homewares made with a wide variety of artisanal techniques.
Take a look at the processes and some finished products…
Fer découpé is a metalwork technique whereby artisans inventively recycle discarded metal drums to create beautiful art pieces with a rustic and original look.
The steel is manipulated using hammering and chiselling techniques and transformed into accessories and homeware, which can also be painted to create colourful and fun designs.
HORN AND BONE SCULPTING
Horn and bone sculpting is a technique that is used to create unusual art forms and accessories, such as bracelets, pendants, zippers and small containers.
To work horn, the material is first made malleable through heating and then moulded and cut into various shapes before being finished and polished. Horn and bone pieces can also be glued together to create checker boards and more complex items.
Papier-mâché is a common technique in Haiti’s artisan communities, particularly in Jacmel, where the streets are famous for their shops and markets selling colourful papier-mâché pieces.
Though typically used to create masks for carnivals, the hard material created using a malleable mixture of paper, glue and water can be used for a range of accessories, bowls and decorative pieces.
STONE AND WOOD CARVING
Stone and wood carving are mainstays of Haiti’s artisanal scene. Wood carving is primarily done out of obeche, a first-rate local wood known for its pale colour and fine grain.
Stone carving, in turn, is performed with stone extracted from mountains and riverbeds, which then become beautiful household goods.