The glassblower. The yarn threader. The one-of-a-kind jewelry maker who’s continuing a craft worth generations. Traditional crafts all around the world are as varied and distinctive as the communities who invest in the culture that’s held for centuries. At Kufukaa, we bring hand-crafted wares from local communities, lost artforms and objects of art and utility that will enrich your surroundings.
We’re makers and minds with creative chops and empowering beliefs, set out to connect artists with what matters most – expression and sustainability. We create to support other creators, proving that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. We’re happiest when we’re connecting and frantically dedicated to promoting occupational diversity. And we spend each day doing so, by polishing the tools of digital trade. At Kufukaa, we have a human first policy. We believe in people, and in the fact that emotions precede material. As technological advancements push us towards a more dependent universe, we’re falling out of touch with those who seeded these dreams with inventions even rare. We put these people first, their stories first and empower them so that they can inspire the world.
“We know our kids will not continue this work,” they say. “Our craft will end with us.”
As tastes and beliefs change, practices of hand-made crafts and local artistry are rapidly fading away. Not just the tangible objects, but it also threatens to take away our right to choose sustainable options. Items once hand-made are now mass-produced in factories, and its toxic effects are ignored for human comfort. The words above speak for the future of the small businesses that despite being eco-friendly fail to continue in the wake of globalization. Our story starts with these words and focuses on changing the outlook of these people. We work to help them keep their traditions alive so that someday, they can say, “Our legacy is and will be preserved.”
From the Botswana basket weaved by a family-owned shop in Southern Africa to the teak wood statues carved by Balinese women in Java, countless traditions are at the mercy of economic forces. Even the futuristic western countries like the United States and Japan have a minor population that thrives in the aesthetic creations of family crafts. We’re redefining the meaning of economy for arts, replacing gains with experiences and revenues for a continued legacy. Pledging to revive, restore, celebrate and marketing these handicrafts. Alongside, we’re empowering people and paying nature our regards by promising to highlight co-dependency of nature and daily living.
Built by and for artists, we help traditional craftsmen make a living doing what they love. And like the people we work for, we’re independent. We’re self-funded. We’re selling handmade products to promote winsome traditions. We’re backing up sustainable practices. We’re doing it the hard way. And we love it.