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Hand-Embroidered Block Pic

Embroidered Block Handcrafted by Susan Shangwa, Nhimbe for Progress Preschool Teacher

Hand-Embroidered Blocks
Hand-Embroidered Blocks

These one-of-a-kind hand-embroidered blocks, crafted by women who nhimbe (work together) for progress, are completely machine-washable and color-fast. The amazing stitching holds up well.

Attaching to pillows, totes, jackets, shirts, etc., would be a great way to share your love of Zimbabwe. They measure 8.5″ x 14″ edge to edge. Please select the color you like from the drop-down below, by listening to the “embroidery colors” video.

Click HERE to watch a video for more information on the blocks.

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Big Five Tapestry
Big Five Tapestry

This unique hand-printed tapestry measures 19″x 62″ and makes a great wall hanging. Shipping is included in the price.

Please see the video for more details.

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Available Qty: 1

Elephant (Nzou) Tapestry
Elephant (Nzou) Tapestry

This exceptionally made tapestry is a one of a kind using the South African motif of “Big Five.” It measures 60″ x 76.” The cost of shipping is included in the price.

Please see the video for more information.

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Available Qty: 1

Rhinoceros (Chipembere) Wall Hanging
Rhinoceros (Chipembere) Wall Hanging

This is a one-of-a-kind wall hanging that also could be used as a table runner. It carries a Rhinoceros motif. It measures 17″ x 60″ and is similar in weight to the tablecloth. The cost of shipping is included in the price.

Please see the video for more details

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Available Qty: 1

Tapestry of Women
Tapestry of Women

Light purples and grays make this simple design a great altar cloth measuring 16″ x 30.75″. Celebrate women, working together, and the contribution to the essential needs of the community, always.

The price includes the shipping costs. Thank you for your support!

Available Qty: 1

PURSES

These purses are hand-made by Winifilda Magaya. Trained as a seamstress as a young woman, and told by her father that her work was her first husband (i.e. its always there to sustain and will not ever be gone), she primarily sews for anyone wanting a new dress. With the economy so poor, business has been reduced drastically so she continues to look for all kinds of ways to use her skills and support her children. She is part of our MMC team as well. She has reinvested her wages into better and better equipment, so now has two industrial quality machines, a regular model, and a serger. She cares for her own children, as well as the youngest of one of her sister’s, currently putting one of her sons through college. All of these purses are made with strong but light-weight fabric that has been tie-dyed with incredible blends of colors. She made special efforts to find high-quality draw strings, nice wooden beads for the ties, and sewed a decent size of pocket on the inside of each purse.

LARGE PURSES

Dark Purple, Mauve & Tan Large #1

Dark Purple, Mauve & Tan Large #2

Dark Purple, Mauve & Tan Large #3

Dark Purple, Mauve & Tan Large #4

Dark Purple, Mauve & Tan Tie Dye Large Purse
Dark Purple, Mauve & Tan Tie Dye Large Purse

The picture to the left is an example of the backs of the purse where there is no machine embroidery, showing the purple, mauve, tan blend, tie-dyed on a black fabric.

These measurements are approximate, at 18″ x 18″, with a good shoulder length handle. The price includes the shipping costs.

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Green Tie Dye Large #1

Green Tie Dye Large #2

Green Tie Dye Large #3

Green Tie Dye Large #4

Green Tie Dye Large #5

Green Tie Dye Large Purse
Green Tie Dye Large Purse

The picture to the left is an example of the backs of the purse where there is no machine embroidery, showing the muted grass green and tan blend, tie-dyed on a black fabric.

These measurements are approximate, at 18″ x 18″, with a good shoulder length handle. The price includes the shipping costs.

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SMALL PURSES

Deep Purple, Mauve & Tan  Small #1

Deep Purple, Mauve & Tan  Small #2

Deep Purple, Mauve & Tan  Small #3

Deep Purple, Mauve & Tan Tie Dye Small Purse
Deep Purple, Mauve & Tan Tie Dye Small Purse

The picture to the left is an example of the backs of the purse where there is no machine embroidery, showing the purple, mauve, tan blend, tie-dyed on a black fabric.

These measurements are approximate, at 10.5″ x 12.5″, with a good shoulder length handle. The price includes the shipping costs.

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Green Tan Tie Dye Small #1

Green Tan Tie Dye Small #2

Green Tan Tie Dye Small Purse
Green Tan Tie Dye Small Purse

The picture to the left is an example of the backs of the purse where there is no machine embroidery, showing the muted grass green and tan blend, tie-dyed on a black fabric.

These measurements are approximate, at 10.5″ x 12.5″, with a good shoulder length handle. The price includes the shipping costs.

Thank you for your support!

Pink Tan Tie Dye

Pink Tan Tie Dye Purse
Pink Tan Tie Dye Purse

The picture to the left is an example of the backs of the purse where there is no machine embroidery, showing the deep rose, pink and tan blend, tie-dyed on a black fabric.

These measurements are approximate, at 10.5″ x 12.5″, with a good shoulder length handle. The price includes the shipping costs.

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Available Qty: 1

EMBROIDERED TOTES

These exquisitely embroidered totes will bring many, many years of use. They hold up extremely well and are washable. Both the black canvas being of high quality, as well as the tight stitches on the embroidery provide a tote of lasting use. They measure 13.5″ x 15,” have extra fabric for a square-bottom fold expanding to 4,” and have no pockets inside.

Made by the Nhimbe for Progress women, they work together to share in the benefits of their unofficial “collective,” sharing in the group purchasing of floss, for example. One particular member was gifted in drawing designs on the black poly-cotton blocks, using the preschool books for ideas. 

Monkey Tote

Cheetah Tote

Rhino Tote with Green Grass

Rhino Tote with Yellow Grass

Monkey Tote
Monkey Tote

This tote’s monkey and baby scene was embroidered by Dorcas Roberts who has always been involved in all of our sewing projects since the beginning in 2000 when we first began. She is known for being very talented with her needle.

The purchase price includes shipping. Thank you for your support of these women and their work!

Available Qty: 1

Cheetah Tote
Cheetah Tote

This cheetah (mbada) was embroidered by Sekai Muchenje, the Nhimbe librarian and buildings cleaner. A newer addition to our team.

The purchase price includes shipping. Thank you for your support of these women and their work!

Available Qty: 1

Rhino Tote with Green Grass
Rhino Tote with Green Grass

This rhinoceros (chipembere) has been embroidered by Febby Shava, the Nhimbe preschool head, who has just completed 20 years in charge of the school’s operations. She walks several kilometers and back again to get to our preschool, as she lives in Chibikira village.

The purchase price includes shipping. Thank you for your support of these women and their work!

Available Qty: 1

Rhino Tote with Yellow Grass
Rhino Tote with Yellow Grass

This rhinoceros (chipembere) was embroidered by Sekai Muchenje, the Nhimbe librarian and buildings cleaner. A newer addition to our team.

The purchase price includes shipping. Thank you for your support of these women and their work!

Available Qty: 1

PICTURES FRAMED IN GLASS

These embroidered animals have been mounted in a black frame with glass. The women in Nhimbe have worked on many projects over the years to raise money to feed their families, pay school fees and make school uniforms, which is a requirement in Zimbabwe. Each picture is unique and made by a different crafts person. 

The Monkey

The Antelope 

The Baboon

Oxen Picture

The Young Oxen

The Monkey (Soko)
The Monkey (Soko)

This picture measures 8.25″ x 10.25″ and is in a high gloss narrower plastic frame. The price includes the shipping costs.

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Available Qty: 1

The Antelope (Bharabhara)
The Antelope (Bharabhara)

This picture measures 11″ x 9″ in a matte finished black wooden frame. The price includes the shipping costs.

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Available Qty: 1

The Baboon (Gudo)
The Baboon (Gudo)

This picture measures 11″ x 9″ in a matte finished black wooden frame. The price includes the shipping costs.

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Available Qty: 1

The Young Oxen (Mombe)
The Young Oxen (Mombe)

This picture measures 11.5″ x 9″ and is in a repurposed black wooden frame. The price includes the shipping costs.

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Available Qty: 1

HAND CARVINGS

Nyasha Muzambi is a Nhimbe craftsperson who has been with the project since it onset. He has always been an artisan and is the one who paints the family donor names on the wells. In the very beginning he did the artwork for the women’s embroidery cooperative. He is married to Gabriella who is extremely smart and endearing, and used to teach at the Nhimbe preschool. She was also the librarian. She stopped teaching when she had twins. Now they have 6 children! He is supporting his family with his artistry in all of these ways. Thank you for your support!

Cheeta Mom
Cheeta Mom

Smooth hand-carved cheetah (mbada) by Nyasha Muzambi, from our Nhimbe villages, measures 9.25″ x 2″ x 2″.

The design is created using wood burning technique. He buys wood from the Jacaranda tree, which have incredible abundant purple blossoms that flourish in some parts of Zimbabwe. This price includes the shipping costs.

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Available Qty: 1

Cheetah Cubs
Cheetah Cubs

This pair of cheetah cubs (mbada handa) are only slightly smaller than the mother. They are made by Nyasha Muzambi from the Nhimbe villages, who also paints our well tops. Excellent smooth carvings, using wood burning for the spots, they measure approximately 8.5″ long x 2″ wide x 2″ deep.

He sources his wood from the Jacaranda tree. Great toy for young and old alike. We older kids like to play with them also ;*) Price includes the shipping costs.

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Available Qty: 1

UTENSILS

These utensils are made by Nyasha Muzambi from our Nhimbe villages. These are hand-carved out of a light but sturdy wood he finds locally, called Mutamba.

Nothing fancy here, but simple wares from the village that will stand the test of time. 

Flat Edge Spoon
Flat Edge Spoon

These spoons are 12.25″ x 1.75″ wide. The price includes the shipping costs. Thank you for your support!

Available Qty: 6

Long Wooden Spoon
Long Wooden Spoon

These long spoons are 15.75″ x 2″ wide. The price includes the shipping costs. Thank you for your support!

Available Qty: 3

Wooden Fork
Wooden Fork

These forks are 12.25″ x 1.25″ wide and have a metal piece on the end for hanging. The price includes the shipping costs. Thank you for your support!

Available Qty: 7

BAMBOO CUPS 

These small cups are hand carved and polished by Nyasha Muzambi from bamboo he purchases. They will hold a variety of items even though a small piece of bamboo. Nicely done designs are created using a wood burning technique. Items shown in cups are not included.

Large Bamboo Cup
Large Bamboo Cup

This cup has an elephant (nzou) design. It is 2.75″ tall x 1.75″ wide.

The purchase price includes shipping. Thank you for your support!

Available Qty: 1

Large Bamboo Cup
Large Bamboo Cup

This cup has an African continent design. It is 2.75″ tall x 1.75″ wide.

The purchase price includes shipping. Thank you for your support!

Available Qty: 1

Small Bamboo Cup
Small Bamboo Cup

This cup has an axe and spear (gano and pfumo) design. It is 2.25″ tall x 1.5″ wide.

The purchase price includes shipping. Thank you for your support!

Available Qty: 1

Small Bamboo Cup
Small Bamboo Cup

This cup has an hut design. It is 2.25″ tall x 1.5″ wide.

The purchase price includes shipping. Thank you for your support!

Available Qty: 1

BASKETS

Six Baskets
Six Baskets

These tiny baskets measure 3.5″ x 1″ and are perfect for your earrings, change and other small items. Made using local grasses from the western part of Zimbabwe.

The baskets are sold separately. The price includes the cost of the shipping.

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Available Qty: 6

BOWLS

Wooden Bowl #1

Wooden Bowl #2

These incredibly light but durable bowls are perfect for fruit or any dry goods. We don’t know if the finish is water tolerant, so they are not appropriate for all food items. These bowls measure 6.75″ x 10.75″.
Wooden Bowl #1
Wooden Bowl #1

The price includes the shipping costs.

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Available Qty: 1
Wooden Bowl #2
Wooden Bowl #2

The price includes the shipping costs.

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Available Qty: 1

BEADS
Ancestor Angel Beads – These beads are very high quality and represent the ancestors and “high spirits” who help us in our lives. The Shona say “vadzimu vanotungamirira” meaning the ancestors go before us and clear the way. Most of us have a sense of additional help in our lives, whether angels, or other “high spirits” as they say, and these beads are used to recognize the importance of the blended functionality of all of that. One could elaborate about customs and traditions regarding the beads but for the sake of simplicity, let’s just say they are not a casual decoration for adorning but to be used with understanding.

Ancestor Angel Beads
Ancestor Angel Beads

The price includes the shipping costs. Thank you for your support!

Available Qty: 10

BUTE
These containers are made out of wood or horns and are traditionally used to store bute but can be used however one prefers. Please indicate if you would like it to be filled with bute, or left empty. Learn more about this by researching kusumira, and feel free to reach out (zimbabwe@ancient-ways.org ) for further discussions.

Bute Containers
Bute Containers

The price includes the shipping costs.

If an item is not in the drop down selection list, it has been sold and is not available.

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ANIMAL KEYCHAINS

These keychains are made with wire and glass beads and are a favorite of children and adults as they depict the animal kingdom from Zimbabwe. All measure approximately 2.5-3″ tall and .75-1.25″ wide. Beautiful lasting item.

Animal Keychains
Animal Keychains

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Blue Tablecloth
Blue Tablecloth

The detailed printing on this tablecloth actually looks like its moving in the video. The video was filmed identically to the other tapestries so we are concluding that its the design that was perfected to create that illusion. This measures 52″ x 72″. The cost of shipping is included in the price.

Please check out the video for more information about this beautiful high-quality tablecloth.

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Giraffe Tapestry
Giraffe Tapestry

Check out this incredible high-quality giraffe motif measuring 60″ x 76″. The cost of shipping is included in the price.

Please see this video for more details about the colors and background of this item.

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Elephant (Nzou) Wall Hanging
Elephant (Nzou) Wall Hanging

This is the second of the one-of-a-kind blue wall hangings we have for sale. It also could also be used as a table runner. This one carries an Elephant motif. It measures 16″ x 56″ and is a slightly lighter fabric than the tablecloth. The cost of shipping is included in the price.

Please see the video for more details

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Large Basket
Large Basket

A very sweet design has been incorporated into this extremely well-made basket using local grasses from the western region of Zimbabwe. This video shows how amazing the basket is. Measuring 9.75″ x 4.25″ deep, it makes a beautiful addition to one’s home for any purpose.

The price includes the cost of the shipping.

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Small Basket
Small Basket

These well-crafted baskets measure 6.5″ x 1.5″ and are hand-made with local grasses, most commonly made by Ndebele people in the western part of Zimbabwe. These baskets are sold separately

We have one person in our villages from that region who has sold us baskets for years. The price includes the cost of the shipping.

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