GAIA is proud to carry the handcrafted collection from Indego Africa, a social enterprise dedicated to empowering artisan women in Africa through employment, opportunity, and education.
Behind the Design: Woodcarving is a time-honored craft in Ghana with rich cultural significance. Historically, the Ashanti Kings’ sacred wooden stools, as well as symbolic warrior masks and other ornaments, were all handmade by Ghana’s talented wood carvers. The Ahwiaa Wood Carvers Association carries on this legacy by continuing the practice of traditional wood-carving today. The carvers source wood from designated areas in a nearby forest, after which the trees are re-planted. The artisans use cedar, tweneboa, mahogany, teak, and pawpaw wood to hand-carve detailed wooden objects—from ritual dolls, to masks, to stools—that showcase the beauty of the raw materials and are often accented with beads, cowrie shells, and brass inlays.
Details:hand carved cedrela wood