The art of traditional Indian wood craft requires mastery, passed on thru generations, to create the intricate carvings and refined finish. Artisans use hand tools to skillfully carve blocks of sustainably harvested mango wood into unique pivot boxes inspired by traditional antique Indian spice boxes. Handcrafted in north central India, the hand engraved Hamsa design and white rub finish give the box the feel of an heirloom collected in the bustling spice markets of Delhi or Calcutta, India.
Our woodcraft partner artisans belong to collectives in the region that provide basic services and development solutions to enable self-sufficiency, including healthcare and education. Literacy rates and income opportunities are quite limited in the area, so woodcraft production is vital for community livelihoods. Most woodcraft artisans are men and some women work in finishing and production assembly. Our main focus for their continued development is sustainable income generation, skills development and raw material allocation.