Handicraft Soul – Promoting Social Equality Through Craft

Consciously curated artisan goods

Handicraft Soul - messenger bags at Chicago Artisan Market

Handicraft Soul partners with artisans and social enterprise groups who create high quality handmade goods in South Africa and beyond to support social change through craft.

Shop & support Handicraft Soul at the Chicago Artisan Market in Fulton Market on Sun, July 18, 2021 at Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan St., Chicago). Discover top Chicago & Midwest artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.

Handicraft Soul - messenger bag from recylced tiresThrough their connection to South Africa, Handicraft Soul forms meaningful partnerships with artisans to ensure they work in an uplifting, safe environment and are fairly compensated for their unique, high-quality handmade goods, which include cooler bags, Batik scarves and leggings, purses and bags, home decor and a children’s line.

Many of the goods the artisans use are environmentally-friendly, upcycled or repurposed (such as old billboards and tire inner tubes), as a way to keep discarded materials out of the landfill.

The company logo features an Adinkra symbol originating from Ghana. It stands for unity   and abundance. At Handicraft Soul, they strongly believe that through unified efforts, we can achieve abundance for all.

Handicraft Soul - messenger bag from recylced tiresStarted by Ashley and Max Andersen, a bi-national husband + wife team, they split theirr time between our two respective home countries, South Africa and the USA (Wisconsin). While in South Africa, they have come across so many talented artisans who have inspired their current collection of goods. Ashley and Max have personally curated everything they sell, and they value having a connection with the individuals and artisan groups they feature. It is important to them to  ensure that everyone they work with is paid fairly for their work, and works in a safe, uplifting environment.

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