Women in Rwandan traditional imigongo collectives create artifacts, income, and friendships.

Women in Rwandan traditional imigongo collectives create artifacts, income, and friendships.

Imigongo (dung painting) art from  Rwanda (1 of 4)

Imigongo (dung painting) art from Rwanda of

Ethiopia: Traditional coffee ceremony.  See the popcorn in the basket at the foot of the table holding the cups?

See the popcorn in the basket at the foot of the table holding the cups?

Gahaya Links Limited; a for-profit Rwandan handicraft company outside the capital city, Kigali, based on the principle of women's economic empowerment through fair trade http://www.gahayalinks.com/

Gahaya Links is a Rwandan handicraft company with over employees in more than 40 cooperatives across the country.

Once used as containers to carry food and transport goods or as decorations during weddings and baby christenings, these traditional, lidded baskets have been dubbed "peace baskets", because of the role they've played in bringing women of different ethnicities together in the wake of the 1994 genocide.

Once used as containers to carry food and transport goods or as decorations during weddings and baby christenings, these traditional, lidded baskets have been dubbed "peace baskets", because of the role they've played in bringing women of different ethnicities together in the wake of the 1994 genocide.

This is a popcorn basket served as part of the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.  If you've never participated in one, you're missing a wonderful tradition.  Check out your nearest Ethiopian restaurant!

This is a popcorn basket served as part of the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. If you've never participated in one, you're missing a wonderful tradition. Check out your nearest Ethiopian restaurant!

Consign your African artifacts -- and share your stories -- at www.artifactswithoutborders.com.

Consign your African artifacts -- and share your stories -- at www.artifactswithoutborders.com.

Sectioned, hand-painted ceramic tray from Johannesburg, South Africa.  Great for spare change, keys, hair ornaments or...?

Sectioned, hand-painted ceramic tray from Johannesburg, South Africa. Great for spare change, keys, hair ornaments or.

Wood and brass-decorated jewelry box from Stone Town, the Swahili “old town” capital of the Zanzibar archipelago, which is semi-autonomous  from Tanzania.  Because of its unique architecture, narrow and curving streets, and its East culture with a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences, Stone Town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Wood and brass-decorated jewelry box from Stone Town, the Swahili “old town” capital of the Zanzibar archipelago, which is semi-autonomous from Tanzania. Because of its unique architecture, narrow and curving streets, and its East culture with a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences, Stone Town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

This bronze musician figurine was made by artisans in the village of Ampabame Krofrom in Ghana's Ashanti region, using a traditional lost-wax process.  The village is supported to a great extent by tourists who stay at the popular and charming Four Villages bed-and-breakfast.

This bronze musician figurine was made by artisans in the village of Ampabame Krofrom in Ghana's Ashanti region, using a traditional lost-wax process. The village is supported to a great extent by tourists who stay at the popular and charming Four Villages bed-and-breakfast.

Original Mary Fisher bracelet; made in Zambia by woman artisan who lives with HIV/AIDS

made in Zambia by woman artisan who lives with HIV/AIDS

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