When I go to a mall and browse through dozens of items–clothing and accessories, home goods and furniture–it’s so easy to forget that someone actually made all of those things. These days, we consumers are so disconnected from the production of goods that it is really refreshing to shop at a place where you get to meet the maker, or at least get a glimpse into the life of the people behind the product. It connects you to the product and the process in a more deep and meaningful way and, in my opinion, gives added value to the item.
This is one reason why Lydali struck a chord with me. All of their items, although hailing from different pockets of the earth, are handmade by small artisan cooperatives and they tell the stories of the makers behind their products, which I really love. How beautiful are these recycled paper bowls from Swaziland and the jacaranda and kiatt wood spoons from South Africa?? Browse their wares here. Meet the makes here.