Made in Africa
Reviving a Traditional Heritage
Beyond the label, our long term goal is to promote the development of value chains in Africa by working with local craftmen and sourcing matierials on the continent.
In this way Africans can better benefit from wealth of their home.
I L E - I F E mission is to create a new dynamic for africa-based manufacturing and foster the economic an social developpement of artisanal workers by maintaining employment in the sector.
Futhermore, the Made in Africa represents for us an undeniable guarantee of quality. The choice of Africa is also an tribute to the incomparable craftsmanship of the continent.
I L E - I F E respect the planet by favouring short circuits, recycled or natural materials while paying particular attention to the ecological impact of the production. We source our materials from local suppliers. We favor raw materials from Africa. We carefully check their origin, in order to offer you quality pieces and free of allergens.
Handskills for the environnement
We work with small producer groups , who use their hand skills to produce the materials used in our pieces. These significantly reduce the carbon footprint as no machinery is used.
All our pieces are handmade by local craftmen in Africa.
Our mission is to work with Local Africans producers and workers to promote fairer trading conditions and empower producers and workers to combat poverty, strengthen their position and take more control over their lives. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for workers in the developing world. Empowerment is at the core of what I L E - I F E aims to do. Fairtrade is for I L E - I F E, a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love.
Who benefits from Fair Trade?
We all do. Most importantly, Fair Trade empowers people in the poorest communities of the world to work their way out of poverty and look forward to a more positive future for themselves, their families and their communities. I L E - I F E proves that a Fair Trade and social business partnership can help to eliminate poverty and initiate social change.
We are committed to the greatest transparency with our customers regarding our manufacturing process, the nature and origin of the materials used.
I L E - I F E create beautiful pieces handmaded using Bronze for a simple reason: reviving traditional African skills.
In Africa, lost-wax-bronze is a thousand-year-old know-how that is passed down from generation to generation. The term bronze refers to various alloys based on copper, zinc, lead and tin, the proportions of which vary.
The African region renowned for its bronze art is the ancient city-state of Ifè, located in the southwest of what is now Nigeria. From the 8th century, Ifè was a major artistic center and, between the 12th and 14th centuries, the artistic expression of its bronze sculptures reached its peak. The magnificent bronzes produced by its artists are one of humanity's greatest treasures and are among the masterpieces of museums around the world. When Europeans discovered Ifè's bronze heads in 1938, they were quick to attribute their paternity to a Carthaginian colony that was said to have originated in Nigeria. Today, experts recognize that these statues represent a truly African tradition that has reached a high level of realism and finesse.
I L E - I F E vigorously selects its raw materials in order to offer quality, durable and allergen-free jewelry.
For 925 silver jewelry: we use recycled silver.
For bronze jewelry: we use bronze (90% copper, 10% tin) made and packaged in Africa.
For gold jewelry : we use 14k gold filled.
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