12" Handcrafted metal Angel Tree Topper, Nativity Scene, Haiti, Fair trade
This 12-inch tall angel is handmade in Haiti from scrap steel drums. The piece is enhanced with an intricate Nativity scene woven into the angel design. Christmas tree topper or tabletop decoration (illuminate with a candle to further highlight the detail work). It measures approximately 12 x 9 inches.
When you visit Croix des Bouquets, the area of town known for Haitian metal art in the capital of Port-Au-Prince, you are met with a cacophony of tink, tink, tink as ball peen hammers strike sheets of steel. The sheets are cut from steel drums colored by oil and other liquids the drums held. The process of turning sheets of metal into beautiful wall art is all done by hand, from cutting holes that become edges of trees and Suns, to accenting each lizard with a texture of scales, to painting or lacquering the final design. The artists are proud of their work, signing the pieces on the backside, leaving a raised, reversed signature on the front.
This company offers income-generating opportunities to craftspeople in developing countries by following fair trade practices including paying in advance at least the market price for items, ensuring that craftspeople receive payment, and ensuring that the craftspeople work in fair working conditions. We work directly with artisans, craftspeople, and producer groups to achieve these goals and hopefully help improve the lives of some of the people with whom we share this planet.
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- Fair Wage/Trade
- Creates Jobs