Cost Plus World Market Special Collection Focuses on Africa

The furniture, décor and art pieces come from more than a dozen countries
October 10, 2017Joanne Friedrick

The Malawi Wicker Chair.The Malawi Wicker Chair.
ALAMEDA, Calif.—The artistry of Africa is the inspiration for Cost Plus World Market’s latest focused collection of artisan crafts that includes furniture, wall art, baskets and other décor items.

The Craft Africa Collection, which is available in select Cost Plus World Market (CPWM) stores and online, is sourced by CPWM buyers from more than a dozen countries, including South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia.

The handcrafted collection offers a limited number of items from various artisans and craft-oriented companies within Africa.

Pieces in the collection include a decorative banana fiber elephant and handmade wood, beaded and metal Maasai spears from Kenya; a woven pumpkin basket from Zimbabwe; and a springbok hide rug from South Africa. The hides come from legal, licensed culls of farmed animals. Among the furniture pieces is a wicker chair from Malawi.

According to the company’s website, the chair employs traditional Malawian weaving techniques that have been handed down through generations. The three- to four-day crafting process begins with a natural bamboo frame around which wicker reeds are woven.

The Craft Africa Collection is part of a larger program that will change countries or regions every few months to give Cost Plus World Market customers exposure to the cultural history of those areas.

Cost Plus World Market has 279 stores in 37 states and the District of Columbia as well as an online presence at worldmarket.com.

Joanne FriedrickJoanne Friedrick | Contributing Editor

Joanne Friedrick is a contributing editor for HFN with more than 20 years of retail and housewares business reporting, writing and editing. For the past 15 years she has been operating her own business with clients that include Convenience Distribution, Seafood Source and Zest, a Maine-focused consumer food and lifestyle magazine.

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