Wooden Mini Garnish Bowls
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Hand carved from sustainable wood, these gorgeous garnish bowls are hand carved and turned. Made from Sapele, a soft Vietnamese plantation timber that is ideal for hand-carving, they are finished with food-grade vegetable oil & bees wax. They are absolutely perfect for dukkah, chopped herbs or nut garnishes, or even in as a small earring or trinket holder. They are also lovely added to the dining table for rock salt and cracked pepper.
Size: 6.5cm diameter x 3cm high
Product Care: Gently handwash and apply food safe wax from time to time
HOW THEY ARE MADE:
Founder of Tay Tao Ange Murphy fell in love with Vietnam many years ago. “I love everything about it: the food, the gardens, the people, the sounds, the smells, the art and especially the fact that everywhere, no matter where you look, some-one is always making something.” Generations of hostile occupation and war have forged this country into a highly resourceful and creative community who take great pride in their manufacturing. Now at peace, the nation's focus is on creating a bright and prosperous future for its children and Vietnam is putting its survival skills to good use. Both ancient as a civilisation and young as a developing country, Vietnam has a unique energy that calls us back again and again. In Vietnamese, Tay Tạo loosely means 'hand made’, and our lovely friends at Tay Tao have a gorgeous collection of handmade items to bring you from Vietnam. Each has been personally selected as both functional and beautiful. In most cases, the founders of Tay Tao have had the privilege of visiting the factories and workshops their pieces come from and they are thrilled to bring these small pieces of Vietnam back for you. Their wood is sourced through Vietcraft who are the main organisation in Vietnam concerned with exporting handicrafts to foreign markets. They are a founding member of Fair Trade VN and they work with many, many small business and producers. The truth is that without foreign markets many traditional crafts in Vietnam would die out. As the country is becoming more prosperous the young generations would rather buy western-style products with the money they earn. Handicrafts are a very important part of the economy and one of the few chances to make an income for poor families in rural areas. On Tay Tao’s most recent trip to Viet Nam they were able to supply a small school with art supplies and exercise books. Even though they are government schools they are nearly empty of resources and they rely on foreign donations to bring colour to the classrooms.