Tabletop Nativity Scene and Candle Holder, Handcrafted from Recycled Steel Drums in Haiti, Fair trade
This tabletop Nativity Scene features Mary, Joseph and Three Wisemen bringing gifts to Baby Jesus. Features candle holder to illuminate the scene. Handcrafted in Haiti by local artisans from recycled oil drums.
Measures approximately 13 x 7
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 back side, 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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