Gone Rural baskets

It's not often you come across a stylish and well-made product that's really making a difference to communities. So when we were invited to view the new range of baskets by Gone Rural, a Swaziland-based non-profit organisation that employs over 700 craftswomen, we were super impressed with the results. The 2012 collection features a wide range of tableware and home accessories, from baskets to place mats, vases and trays. The products are incredibly well-crafted and use a variety of materials, from dyed grasses to fabrics, aluminium, ceramics and re-cycled products such as waste fabrics and water bottles. It's precisely this mix of materials that gives them such a unique and beautiful style. Bright colours combined with interesting textures make for products that will glam up any home. The products are sold all over the world, and displayed at design fairs such as Maison&Objet, but it's in Swaziland that they're really making themselves felt. Gone Rural assists rural women and their communities with education, health and social needs. While the project itself provides a regular source of income to the women, Gone Rural runs various social upliftment programmes that positively impact the lives of these women, their dependents and their communities, reaching over 6 000 people. The products, which make for great gifts, are well-priced and come in a variety of colours and sizes. For stockist information visit the Gone Rural website at goneruralswazi.com or email julie@gonerural.co.sz.