Acacia Wood Plate
Made in the Philippines
by carvers using sustainably sourced wood
$ 10.00 - $ 18.00
Dine in style. These plates are hand-carved from sustainably harvested acacia wood, and they add an elevated yet natural look to any tabletop décor. Complete the set with all five sizes. Each purchase empowers artisans at SAFFY in the Philippines.
Acacia Wood Plate | Fair Trade | The Little Market
- Extra Small Approximately: 6" diameter
- Small Approximately: 8" diameter
- Medium Approximately: 9" diameter
- Large Approximately: 10" diameter
- Extra Large Approximately: 12" diameter
- Care instructions: Hand-wash only. To preserve the natural acacia wood and to prevent cracking, please wipe down wood with a natural preservative such as olive oil. Please do not use harsh detergents.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.
SAFFY is a social enterprise within SAFRUDI, a nonprofit organization working with artisans in the Philippines. The artisans are members of marginalized rural communities, among them women and indigenous peoples. SAFFY provides employment opportunities to skilled artisans regardless of age; the artisans range in age from 18 to 60 years of age. The majority of the artisans work from a communal shop. However, some of the women artisans, particularly those living in very remote locations, have the option to work from the comfort of their homes. This provides them with an opportunity to care for their families while earning a sustainable income. SAFFY empowers artisans through the provision of support services including skill development, product development insights, and financial management training.
We are proud to work with many talented wood carvers and artisans from around the world. Some of their beautiful products we carry include olive wood serving platters, acacia wood bowls, and wood sitting shelf animals. Through each handcrafted piece, these talented artisans are able to gain a sustainable income while continuing traditional practices. We love that each artisan group has a unique approach to sourcing and carving the wood.
SAFFY has artisans in the Philippines who work with licensed tree farmers to receive wood that has been sustainably harvested. After initially shaping the wood, the pieces must dry over a period of several weeks. Then the lacquer and the top coat are added. SAFFY artisans carve each unique piece by hand.
The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an island archipelago with more than 7,100 islands and is located in southeastern Asia. Top industries include wood products, electronics assembly, fishing, and garments. Among the most common agricultural products are rice, corn, bananas, mangoes, and sugarcane. The country’s topography is beautiful and unique, from coastal strips and lowlands to plains and volcanic mountain masses.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.