Why handmade products?
At ZAAGOL we believe that handmade products are a beautiful alternative to mass produced and fabricated products. We appreciate the rich artisanal tradition of making handmade products. We value naturally and locally sourced, beautifully crafted, high-end cultural decorations that have a contemporary twist.
All of our products are produced in Ethiopia, an African nation with a very rich history and culture, full of traditional handcraft skills and artistic expressions. The tradition of making handcrafted goods, from basket weaving to sculpting, hand-looming, and woodcarving, is a craft that has been passed on from generations. At ZAAGOL, we want to celebrate this rich culture and tradition by introducing it to the rest of the world and contribute towards preserving this tradition as modern technology replaces most handicraft skills.
The handicraft industry is also the livelihood of many marginalized artisans and generates employment for hundreds of thousands of artisans. At ZAAGOL, by creating a market for authentic handmade products, we believe that we can bring a social impact through the creation of sustainable jobs, building of skills and generation of meaningful and sustainable income for the artisans and their families.