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Product Spotlight: African Straw Hats

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We have carried West African straw hats, from Ghana and Burkina Faso, since 2010. These unlined herder's hats excel at sun protection, are made from lightweight elephant grass, and have braided leather chin straps. They can be shaped by soaking them in cool water, allowing the water to soak in for about a minute, and then flexing the brim or shaping the crown as needed. Try to avoid wetting the leather. If you find your hat to be a bit small, we suggest you wet the crown, fit it over your head to stretch it, and then set it aside to dry. Conversely, soaking the crown in warm water will cause it to shrink up a bit if your hat is too large. Each of our hats is unique and is listed individually, so only one can be ordered of each. Our African straw hats are imported by African Market Baskets, a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

African Straw Hat

Product Spotlight: Zulu Ukhamba Baskets

We carry a wide range of traditional ilala palm Zulu Ukhamba baskets, also called Zulu beer baskets, which are among the best known handmade baskets in the world. Made by the Zulu people of South Africa, these stunning pot-shaped baskets are hand-woven from a wetland grass and ilala palm leaves, and are dyed with extracts [...]

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Port Gamble Summer Faire August 5th

We are pleased to announce that the business owners in Port Gamble have come together and created a family-fun event set to take place on Sunday August 6th, 2017 from 10AM-5PM. Port Gamble Summer Faire boasts a fun-filled afternoon of activities, shopping, live music, and even some interesting animals. Summer Faire will be held in [...]

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The Soap Lady

In the spring of 2010, before Tango Zulu opened its doors, I was looking high and low for a local soap maker. I was having a tough time getting anyone to respond to my inquiries until I ran across contact information for Donna Schambron, owner of The Soap Crate. We met for the first time [...]

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African Baskets for your Easter Beasters!

We just got a shipment of Bolga baskets that are perfect for Easter. They have much longer handles than our typical Bolgas, and are about 8" in diameter. A bonus for the vegans among us: they contain no leather, unlike most Bolgas. We're not sure if they will become regular items, we'll see how sales [...]

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New Global Mamas Fair Trade Dresses

Our spring order of Global Mamas fair trade dresses has arrived at our Bainbridge Island store, and you can shop our entire collection online. Global Mamas is known for crisp cottons and vivid batiks, and has a proven successful fair trade business model. It is based in Ghana, a country that we source many products [...]

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Mata Traders Fair Trade Dress Sale

We need to clear up space for our Spring clothing lines that will be arriving soon, so we're offering a discount on our entire stock of Mata Traders fair trade dresses from last year. Use coupon code MATA SALE for 20% off, even on dresses that are already on sale. Offer expires 2/28/17 or when [...]

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Port Gamble's Country Christmas is this Weekend

Port Gamble's annual Country Christmas festival is this weekend. Be sure to stay for the fireworks just after dark on Saturday the 10th! Also lots of shopping, crafts, carriage rides, Santa's workshop and more. And just seeing the town lit up at night this time of year is a treat. Enjoy!

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Fair Trade Dress Sale

All of our fair trade and U.S. made dresses are on sale through 11/30/16. Simply use coupon code DRESS4LESS at checkout for 15% off your purchase of Global Mamas, Texture Clothing, Mata Traders, and other quality brands. You can use this coupon for dresses that are already on sale, and don't forget that we offer [...]

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Wolof Baskets from Senegal

We have our best ever selection of Wolof baskets from Senegal in stock at our Seattle store and also available on this website. These are sturdy, water-resistant baskets with rigid walls, so they hold their shape well. They are woven from grass and plastic strips and have a more modern look than many of our [...]

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