Handmade in Rwanda
Designated drink destinations that add texture and color to a table or gathering.
The perfect party guests adding personality to the room while beautifully protecting your sensitive surfaces.
Sociable and thoughtful, these combatants of condensation do a big job despite their small size.
*All Kazi products are made entirely by hand with love and may vary slightly in size.
The intricate designs and flawless work of an experienced weaver is never the result of luck. Rather, Rwandan women owe their skills to the women before them who passed on the knowledge from generation to generation—mother to daughter, grandmother to child. As young weavers learn from their elders, they quickly realize the weaving process is a painstaking one. Passing on basket weaving to young women carries the weight of upholding a time-honored practice and an age-old rite of passage. Baskets decorate nearly every Rwandan home, for they are one of the most important symbols of family, friendship, good fortune, and proud cultural heritage.
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I received the coasters as part of the Stellar product testing panel. When they arrived, I liked the minimal packaging - just a small paper tag and raffia wrapping. No plastic, nothing wasteful! I appreciated the tag and brief message/picture of the woman who had made them. Out of the package at first they had a slight odor to them - like natural grass, but once I had them out in my house I didn't notice it again. For a hand-made item, they are consistent in appearance. There are very, very small variations between the coasters - far less than I would've expected from a handmade item. The coasters are very sturdy, I felt confident putting any glass on them - even the most delicate of my wine glasses. I was also hesitant to use them on my glossy-finish wood end table, just because they were natural fibers and I was afraid of scratches, but so far that hasn't been an issue. Overall, I have been very pleased. They fit in well with all my decor items from travels around the world and even better to support artisans who do quality work.
These coasters are so nice! The neutral toned colors go well with my color scheme, and they are well made. They look beautiful on my end table. I love that they were hand crafted, and that the company’s mission is helping to support and improve the lives of these artisans through fair wages. Thanks to the Stellar Product Testing Panel for providing me with this set of coasters.
The quality is great. I like the coasters I personally am not big on the design but they looked cute with with my tables. Also I like how safe they are around my kids, we avoid heavy metal glass etc coasters l I have received this product through the Stellar Product Testing Panel.
Thanks to the Stellar Product Testing Panel for providing me with this set of coasters. The natural Earth colors looked great on our table and they are made from sisal fibers and sweet grass, which smelled nice. Most importantly, these coasters are functional! They did not let cold beverage condensation drip onto table through the coaster or allow hot drink steam from pooling underneath. They came with a little back-story on the creator, which makes Kazi’s commitment to supporting artisans feel real. We will definitely be getting a lot of use out of these beautiful coasters!