Zambia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Kenya—

Ethnic Origin Company: Tonga Stool, hand-carved by the Tonga people, a Bantu ethnic group of southern Zambia and the neighboring northern Zimbabwe. These stools were used by the elderly and symbolized their status within the group; $199. Chocho Basket, handmade and used by the Borana people of Ethiopia, the vessel was made of tightly woven twine and reinforced with fat and resinous gum material. Its purpose was to hold and serve milk at special occasions; $199. Turkana Bowl, from the Turkana region of northern Kenya. Carved by the women of the region, this bowl was used to store milk and other foods; $89-$199. Turkana Milk Jug, made by the Turkana, a Nilotic people native to the Turkana District in northwest Kenya. The milk and/or honey jug was carved from wood and covered with goat skin for insulation; $169. Hehe Stool Tanzania, the Hehe were a pastoralist people, living in isolation in southwestern Tanzania. These three-legged stools were used as seating while they milked cattle; $399. African Fulani Tuareg Bowl, made by the nomadic ethic group, the Fulani. These bowls are crafted from durable and multi-functional African hardwoods and feature geometrical shapes and intricate, repetitive designs; $239. Ethnic Origin Boutique, 941-202-4031,,, @ethnic_origin_company 
Caco & Kai:  African Mudcloth Pillow Covers, crafted by the Bambara tribe in Mali, West Africa. Made of hand-loomed cotton and colored with fermented mud, every design is uniquely one-of-a-kind—from indigo mudcloth tie-dyed with Japanese-style shibori technique to authentic Bogolanfini mudcloth etched with linear tribal patterns. 5% of every sale goes to support Morning Star Children’s Home orphanage and school in Kenya, Africa to support the very communities Caco & Kai sources its textiles from; $56-$86. Turkish Throw Blankets, hand-knitted from 100% cotton; $35-$65. Cacao & Kai,,,, @cacoandkai
Artisans’ World Marketplace: Lak Lake Ceramic Utensil Holder, made in the Bat Trang village of Northern Vietnam, a place famous for its centuries-old tradition of creating fine ceramics. Glazed in colors reflecting the shores and lakes of Vietnam; $34. Three-Piece Cooking Utensil Set, created by Vietnamese artisans and carved from strong, sustainable bamboo. Proceeds help preserve traditional Vietnamese craft skills; $30. Breadwarmer, handcrafted in Bangladesh from jute and terracotta. CORR: The Jute Works helps to provide women with economic viability and social progress; $28. Artisans’ World Marketplace - Sarasota’s Fair Trade Retail Store, 128 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-365-5994,

Colombia, Italy, Turkey and India—

Maco MadeinColombiaCo.: Embera Earrings and Necklace, hand-beaded by the Embera Chami women from the Pacific region of Colombia, also known as Choco or Katio Indians. Embera means “people” and Chami means “mountains” in the Chocoan language of Colombia, People of the Mountains; $29-$89. Round Leather Boho Bag, in handmade mandala, an exclusive fusion of leather, Wayuu crochet and beads. Made in Bucaramanga by a small town artist in collaboration with a group of Wayuu women. Each part of the bag is a piece of art; $250. Werregue Basket, made by indigenous Wounaan women from the Colombian Pacific region. The palm fibers used to make these baskets are unique to the regional coast of Choco and some areas of Panama, making them one of the most exclusive crafts in the world; $92-$360. Boho Necklace, made by artisans from Usaquen in Bogota. Adriana and Jose Manuel, siblings who arrived in Bogota after being displaced, help their mother by making and selling waxed thread jewelry at farmers markets; $35. Colombian Alpargatas shoes, designed and created by a farmers community in the Boyaca region. The city is called Guacamayas in reference to the beloved, colorful parrots of Colombia; $35. Maco MadeinColombiaCo, 6585 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, 239-910-3822,,, @macomadeincolombia.
Malbi Decor: Massimo Lunardon Tropical Fish Wine Decanter; $335. Massimo Lunardon Flute Rossini; $110 each. Imported from and made in San Giorgio di Perlena, Italy. Each piece is designed by skilled Italian craftsman Massimo Lunardon using traditional techniques of glass blowing. Each flute, wine glass, decanter, pitcher or carafe glassware is expertly blown and handcrafted into one-of-a-kind works of art. Malbi Decor 1931 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-3113,,, @malbidecor
Karavan Treasures From Turkey: Mini Mosaic Table Lamp 13.7”, handcrafted in Turkey with cut glass and glass beads affixed to a glass globe. As each piece of glass and each bead is individually layered, every lantern is one-of-a-kind; $50. Spoon Rest, this piece of ceramic art was hand made in Kütahya, Turkey; $25. Turkish Mosaic Lamp, crafted to look like the famous Turkish water pitcher. The globe is hand blown glass, layered with colored glass and beads. The metal accents are made of brass. $125; Table Lantern, handmade in Turkey from hand blown Bohemian glass and layered with colored beads and glass. The metal pieces are finished with brass; $65. Decorative pinch or serving bowls, handmade ceramic and painted multicolors in Kütahya. Bowls are sold individually and in various different sizes; $24-$67. Karavan Treasures from Turkey Sarasota,,, @SarasotaKaravan.
Artisans’ World Marketplace: Kantha Kitchen Towel, made from recycled cotton saris and finished with traditional kantha embroidery. Proceeds support poor and marginalized artisan groups in East India; $10. Artisans’ World Marketplace - Sarasota’s Fair Trade Retail Store, 128 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-365-5994,