Artisan Report: Quazi Design
Quazi Design is an example of a fair trade, ethical brand that understands that in order to succeed in a growing global marketplace what will set it apart from other artisan lines is unique, stylish designs that appeal to consumers. After all, the craftspeople in Swaziland who put so much effort into making these products out of recycled magazines will only economically benefit if they are sold. Quazi Design has managed to design accessories and homewares that retain their cultural connection. Yet still reflect new style and aesthetics that make them desirable to modern shoppers.
There is another element to this though. With the goal of long term social impact firmly in mind, products are created that also have a sustainable focus towards the environment too. Responsible and thoughtful products are made by transforming locally sourced, discarded waste magazines into original accessories and interiors. We want to change the perception of recycled materials by developing innovative techniques and combining locally sourced and environmentally friendly materials.
Based in Swaziland, all of Quazi Designs products are hand made by local women, empowering them through skill sharing and earning a living wage. We believe in craftsmanship and ethical production which could prove to be a vital economic sector for Africa.