Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora
Written by Yetunde Taiwo Rodriguez of AfroMartha.com
As we approach Christmas (and subsequently, Kwanzaa), it is easy to get lured by all the seemingly enticing deals being offered by the big-box stores. It is easy to overlook the entrepreneurial artisans surrounding us, of which there are many.
In the spirit of Kuumba, the Kwanzaa principle of Creativity, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), and Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), let us show our support to our creative brothers and sisters who are following their passion, honing their craft and creating their own destiny! This season, Shop (Black) Handmade!
Here is are just a few items that have caught my eye. To discover other artisans, please visit Etsy’s Artists of Color blog.
1. For that fly sista: Metropolitan Life Necklace by AfriqueLaChic
2. For your sweet baby boy: Baby Boy’s African Mudprint Sunsuit from LilCrumbSnatchers.com
3. For the natural hair enthusiast: Babassu Cream Deep Conditioner from Brown Butter Beauty
4. For the art lover: “Gordon’s Map” by Ramel Jasir Art
5. For the fashionista: Zen Mama Round Leather Wristlet Purse from Altliae
6. For the home decor lover: Handpainted Silk Patchwork Pillow from Crystaljsilk
7. For the lady in your life: The Pamper Her Five Piece Bath and Body Candle Gift Basket by JenSanCandles
8. For the brothas: The Jeff Sportcap from YarnCoture
9. For the one with the sweet tooth: Red Velvet Babycakes by Addybscakes
10. Little girl’s shift dress by LilCrumbsnatchers
Yetunde Taiwo Rodriguez is a wife, mother of three, design junkie, lover of all things d-i-y and all around creative schizophrenic. When she is not otherwise occupied with her family and other such real-life obligations, she can be found bragging about her latest home projects on AfroMartha.com, selling her unique line of crochet and leather jewelry on Yaytoonday.com, or whiling away her non-existent free time on Pinterest/Yetunguez.