Zanzibar Trading Company - Sacramento's Fair Trade Store & Gallery

Zanzibar Fair Trade Store & World Imports

Sacramento's Largest Selection of Fairly Traded & Guilt-Free Gifts, Fine Art & Folk Art! 

 

 

Zanzibar Trading Company is Sacramento's Premier World Import, Handicraft, Tribal Art, Jewelry & Fair Trade Store & Gallery

"We bring the World to Sacramento!"

offering items from over 110 countries

Purveyors of Museum Quality Imports & Handicrafts

featuring the very best Artwork & Handicraft the World has to offer

All our products are ethically sourced and sustainable.

 

 

 

Come in & visit our completely remodeled store!  Tons of new merchandise - plus all your old favorites!

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Welcome to the name sake island (Zanzibar) which for centuries stood as a bastion of commerce and culture, a trading crossroads to half the known world.  Welcome, to Zanzibar Trading Company & Zanzibar Tribal Art Gallery located in Sacramento, California. 

Why did we name our store Zanzibar? Click here to find out! 

 This website is primarily an information website, to purchase online, visit www.Zanzibar-Trading.com OR CALL OUR GALLERY AND WE CAN EMAIL YOU PICTURES OF SELECT ITEMS (NOT DURING SALE).  Please note that NOT all items shown on this website may be available for purchase and items shown on this website are merely a very small sampling/examples of what we carry. 

SHOP LOCAL & SUPPORT SMALL, INDEPENDENT STORES LIKE OURS!  WE SINCERELY APPRECIATE YOUR PATRONAGE!!

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Here at Zanzibar Trading Company, we traverse the world over to bring back to our clientele in Sacramento fantastic finds in fairly traded native handicrafts, tribal artifacts, Mexican Folk Art, African and Asian art, the finest sterling silver and semi-precious stone jewelry and exotic elements for your home and gift giving.

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Visiting our store is like visiting a museum - without having to pay an entrance fee!

We've been voted as "One of the best places to buy a unique gift in Sacramento" and "Best Place for Out of Town Visitors to Shop in Sacramento"

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NEW SHIPMENTS:

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Picture Jasper Tumbled Stones from Madagascar

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Men's and Unisex Leather Bracelets from Turkey

New shipment! Nice quality, unisex . $6 each. Dozens of styles to choose from. Fairly traded. Our clients have been asking for leather bracelets but we just weren't happy with the quality of what we were finding nor of African leather bracelets we'd carried in the past. 

We took a chance and asked the family in Turkey that makes our Nazar Evil Eye protective bracelets and they told us that one of their cousins made leather bracelets. We ordered them sight unseen and we were impressed with their quality when they arrived!  Choose from a variety if woven styles in various shades of brown, black and white.

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Handmade Bracelets from Bali featuring lead and nickel free pewter beads! 

 

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COBRA VERTEBRAE

BRACELETS

Sustainable farm raised cobra vertebrae bracelets from Thailand.  In northern Thailand cobras are raised to be milked for their venom in order to create anti venom. When the snakes get older, and must be retired from venom collection, nothing is wasted. The meat is eaten, the skins used to create leather and even their vertebrae are saved.

Here at Zanzibar we have very strict guidelines, making sure the items we sell not only are sustainable and fairly traded, but also adhere to strict rules about ethics in regards to animals and plants.

The farm that we work with does not do shows for the public and uses the money from the sale of the animal parts to continue funding to provide anti-venom to remote villagers in five South East Asian countries.

Scott has personally toured their facility and it is modern and well kept, which, sadly is not the case with all such operations in Thailand.

While we recognize that animal products like these items may seem questionable, they are sourced with Zanzibar's strict guidelines in mind and that the money raised from their sale help rural people bitten by cobras.

It can take dozens of milkings to produce a single vial of anti venom and in many cases over two dozen vials may be required to treat a single snake bite.

Bracelets like these are worn by men in Thailand and said to have both healing properties as well as virility advantages. We can't speak to those claims but they are cool.

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Baltic Amber Baby Teething Necklaces $15-20

For centuries Europeans have used natural amber to sooth babies while teething.  Amber is not a rock or mineral but is a fossilized tree resin that is 20-60 million years old! 

Natural amber is known to have anti microbial characteristics and is said to reduce toothing pain and be a boost to their immune systems and is said to be calming to a baby without the use if medicines or drugs. 
Guarantee to be 100% true, natural amber and not plastic, copal or other modern resins.

For thousands is years Europeans have provided an amber necklace to newborns to provide protection and to aid in teething. While we have hundreds of accounts from mothers insisting they work, not every remedy works for everyone.

Every necklace is made with a safety knot between each bead. This safety feature can keep your infant from swallowing multiple beads if the necklace ever breaks. 

We designed our necklaces with a safety screw connection that makes it impossible under normal circumstances for an infant to unscrew the necklace on their own, further eliminating the hazard of an infant putting the necklace in their mouth and choking. 

We believe the safest way to attach an amber necklace to a baby is using a screw clasp such as the ones that our necklaces are fitted with. 

Safety clasps that allow the infant to tug the necklace off may increase the chance of your child choking on a necklace fitted with these pull-away clasps. 

Are they Safe for your baby? Zanzibar owner Scott didn't carry amber for babies for years specifically because he felt many were choking hazards. Recently we had our suppliers design necklaces specifically with babies in mind and so we've brought them in by popular demand. 

As with any item that you place on or near an infant, you must use the items with care. You should place such items on your baby only when you can keep a careful watch on them and not leave the necklace on the baby unattended as even with our safety techniques they can still pose a choking hazard.
 

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Amethyst Geodes & Specimens

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Antique Tibetan Singing Bowls

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Barro Negro Black Clay Skulls from Oaxaca, Mexico

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Oaxacan Market Clay Figures from Josefina Aguilar

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Silk Tulip & Lotus Lamps from Vietnam

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Sterling Silver Om Pendants

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Haitian Steel Oil Drum Art

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Taureg Silver Earrings

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Turkish Bowls

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TALAVERA PLATES!

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Turquoise Rings!

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SANDALWOOD MALAS!

As many of you know sandalwood is increasingly difficult to source and the price has skyrocketed. Zanzibar just received a shipment of 3mm, 8mm and 10mm Malas. 

Sandalwood isn't a tree per se, it's actually more like a climbing vine that similar to its relatives the mistletoe, actually parasitize the tree it is growing on. Sandalwood doesn't become fragrant for a minimum of 15 years and truly fragrant until it is over 50 years and exceptional until it is over 100 years. 

These Malas are sustainably produced. All sandalwood in India is owned and controlled by the government. Extensive programs are in place to combat illegal logging and to re establish sandalwood by introducing young nursery raised seedlings. Zanzibar is proud to sponsor one such of these programs in order to get the permits to export sandalwood. The longer you use sandalwood Malas the more fragrant they become. 

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GIANT BEADED ANIMALS!

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ISRAELI ROMAN GLASS JEWELRY

Crafted using a shard of ancient Roman made glass (1,800-2,200 years old) found in archaeological digs sponsored by the Israeli government.

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Hand Woven Scarves from Thailand

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Recycled Vintage Sari Material Scarves back in stock!

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Reclaimed Olivewood Kitchen Accessories from Southern France

old world craftsmanship at third world prices!

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Fairly Traded, Lead & Nickel Free Bracelets from Bali

Dozens of unique designs to choose from:

$12 and up* - all those pictured are $12 each

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FEATURED ARTISAN

Eleazar Morales from Oaxaca

Zanzibar just received over a dozen wood carvings by Oaxacan Great Master Carver Eleazar Morales.   We are proud to carry his beautiful carvings. VISIT our gallery for best selection, or learn more about this talented young artisan by clicking here. 

Oaxacan wood carving artisan Eleazar Morales meet the artisan biography

see more of Eleazar's work by clicking here. 

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Tea Pots, Tea & Sake Sets

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We offer TONS of Jewelry...

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AMAZING PAPEL PICADO BANNERS FROM MEXICO

Meet the Antonio Hernández Gutiérrez family, who craft our papel picado and learn more about this amazing hand crafted works of art!  Zanzibar offers the largest selection of Papel Picado in Sacramento and one of the largest in California (and the USA)

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Luscious Pearl Rings

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Malas & Prayer Beads

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Tibetan Singing Bowls

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Turquoise Jewelry!

Zanzibar sells natural Turquoise earrings, pendants, necklaces and rings set into sterling silver. 

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Buddhist Statuary

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Evil Eye Good Fortune Runners, Bracelets & Keychains!

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Pottery Sherd Pendants

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NEW SHIPMENT:

Swarovski Crystal Pins & Brooches

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Fun Felt Purses from a Women's Group in Nepal

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Fancy & Multi-Color Natural Sapphire Earrings - single, double, triple & quad spliced stones set into sterling silver

After years of selling natural fantastic sapphires made into jewelry, Zanzibar owners came across a new style of fancy sapphires they'd never seen before.

They bought up the stock, had them faceted and cleaved (so each earring is a perfect mirror image as it each "pair" is actually a single stone cut in half) and had them crafted into amazing earrings.  In investigating the source of these fairly traded stones, they traced to two brothers who work a claim in the UMA region of Northeast Tanzania, Africa. This region is known for many stones, including fancy (rare) sapphires.

The mining is all done environmentally sound during the dry season in river bottoms. This type of mining is referred to Placer Mining or Alluvial Mining (think our gold rush). Some is done using pans just like panning for gold while in other ways sand and small gravel is removed from a small (say one meter wide by two meters) pit, sifted by hand using various screens, then the material is returned the hole after any precious stones are found. This is not a huge mining operation, with open pits or long mine shafts that typically come to mind when you think of a mining operation.

The stones are 100% unadulterated - they have NOT been filled (most gemstones are filled with resins to fill in the cracks to make them clear), they have NOT been heated (often to intensify color), they have NOT been irradiated, color enhanced (dyed) NOR have they been surface treated. They were simply cleaned of any matrix (other stones or material), cut, faceted, cleaved and set into sterling silver.  Visit our gallery for the best selection of both earrings and pendants! 50% our regular price for a limited time!  Compare these in ANY Jewelry store for $800-$2500 or more... now $189-344.00 after discount.

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HUGE TALAVERA POTTERY SHIPMENT!

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Tomas Hernandez Baiz Skulls

Photo: Skull covered with bugs (caterpillars and butterflies) and very finely painted.  

ON SALE:  reg $372 now 50% off at $186. 

We have three at this price. Since we're expecting a shipment of his soon we figured we'd move some of these out. 

By world famous artisan THBC from a small village in Puebla Mexico.  His work is some of the finest detail painting in Mexico. 

#skull #skeleton #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #fairtrade #mexico #mexican #folkart

Bug Skull by Tomas Hernandez Baiz from Izucar de Matumoros in Puebla, Mexico featuring worms (caterpillars) and butterflies. 

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New Pendants by Bob Burkett

FINALLY! New original and limited edition pendants by world famous jewelry artisan Bob Burkett! Bob is a great friend, and his health has been poor the last year - in fact, he had a heart attack and stroke in the last month!

Bob's final
ly feeling better and Doctors have his medications dialed in and he's been busy creating some fantastic new pieces... we have new squid and octopus (including some cute little ones!), bees, turtles, dragonflies and some other cute little critters done in his signature Shibuichi (a Japanese technique for casting using copper and silver to produce amazing patina and detail). We offer both production limited edition pieces (affordable) and truly unique one-of-a-kind pieces. More coming soon! Visit our gallery for the full selection! You have to SEE his pieces to appreciate them!

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FAIR TRADE - FAIR PRICES

Our basic philosophy:  Better, not cheaper, for the good of all people and the planet.  We're not your typical import store - we do carry handicraft but we also carry many world-class museum quality pieces of artwork from famous, published artisans, as well.  Zanzibar values the long term relationships that we have developed with our artisan friends in over 100 countries throughout the years. 

We have always preferred to work directly with the artisans rather than go through traditional middle men and catalogs. We are exceptionally conscious of the exploitation that can occur with differing exchange values, but would like to stress that we believe in Fair Trade and a fair price paid for items.  As as a result of these values, we always pay our artists a good price for their work - thus enabling our artisans and their families to have a good standard of living.

Our basic philosophy:  We don't usually have sales.  On rare occasions we have sidewalk sales to give blow out prices on sample items, old inventory, one ofs, etc.  These are not yearly and we will always notify our clients in advance. 

We price our items fairly and don't artificially inflate the price just so we can put it on sale occasionally.  If we get a particularly good price or buy on something - we pass that savings onto our clients by pricing it fairly.  We like to say we would have no problem charging our mother's the same price for something we sell to our clients (yes! we like our moms!)  In this day and age many people buy something just because it is on sale - not recognizing the true value or a fair price.  We feel our prices are extremely competitive and fair. 

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So come in, browse and ask us what something is - where it comes from - or who made it!  You'll be surprised at just how much stuff we fit (neatly) into our little store!

Zanzibar is dedicated to only carrying sustainably produced and fairly traded items.  To learn more, visit our pages on what is fair trade?

Located in the heart of midtown Sacramento, at the corner of 18th and L Streets, Zanzibar's retail gallery offers over 9,000 fairly traded items from over 100 countries!...only a fraction of which is online.

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We particularly pride ourselves in our dedication to authenticity, fair trade, and the very highest quality merchandise possible.  From Africa to India, Papua New Guinea to Peru, Mexico to Thailand, our gallery offers a virtual market bazaar.  All of our pieces are hand-picked, with as many purchased directly from the artisans as possible.  No forced child labor*, no factory produced pieces - ever!  *(click here for more info on child labor). 

PLEASE NOTE:  This is primarily an INFORMATIONAL WEBSITE.

  This is NOT a comprehensive catalog of what we carry - some of these items will be available, others not.  If you see something you like you can call us and we'll let you know if it is available or if other similar items are available.  We can, as time allows, email you pictures.  As we are a retail store all items are subject to prior sale.  If you call, please avoid calling during weekends and lunch times (our busy times). 

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New Shipments from Oaxaca, Mexico

"The Apocalypse" by World famous folk artisan Eleazar Morales from Oaxaca Mexico. This is an alibrije or "little monster" carved of copal wood (single piece except tail).  This seven headed ocelot is magnificent.

Eternal love - together until death. Dia de Los Muertos Or day of the dead clay scene by world famous artisan Jose Juan Garcia Aguilar (son of Josefina Aguilar) from Oaxaca, Mexico. (above) and Frida Kahlo with Monkeys (below)

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Baltic Amber Jewelry!

Earrings, Pendants, Necklaces, Bracelets & More!

Sacramento's largest selection of Amber Jewelry

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We proudly sell Heirloom Quality Jewelry

Sadly, in today's cheaper rules economy, the art of making LASTING, QUALITY jewelry has nearly been lost. 

Every mall store sells cheap Chinese sweatshop produced jewelry that often breaks or wears out after just a few wearings - and the garbage they sell on tv - well, lets not discuss their used car salesman tactics and cheap, mass molded and cheaply produced pieces of inferior quality.  The old adage - "you get what you pay for" is never truer than with jewelry.

Zanzibar prides itself on selling high quality NATURAL stones (not synthetic, lab grown, hydroformed or adulterated (most stones are heat treated, color enhanced (dyed), irradiated, surface treated among many other treatments) set into hand made, thick sterling silver (and some 14k and 18k gold) - jewelry that comes with a 100% lifetime guarantee and that will last generations.

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Buddha Hands from Thailand in various Mudra Positions for your altar and meditation

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Reclaimed Teak Buddha, Ganesh, Floral, Dragon & Other Panels from Thailand

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Day of the Dead Nicho Boxes

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Modern Sterling Silver Jewelry with Anodized Aluminum Fashion Jewelry!

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Hand crafted Tealights

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Benjarong Jars from Thailand

Benjarong jars from the finest workshop in Thailand. These small jars are decorated with real 18k gold and are completely hand painted/glazed . Benjarong is a traditional form of Thai porcelain. These small jars were originally used by the Royal court as both food, spice and offering vessels. The style of multi-colored enamels on a white porcelain base came from Ming dynasty in China. The name “Benjarong” was derived from Bali and Sanskrit words Benja and Rong, meaning literally “Five Colors”. “Five Colors” really means “many colors” because the hand-painted pieces are usually decorated in three, five, eight colors, or even more.  Designs using gold are called Lai Nam Thong in Thai. This style was developed under the reign of King Rama V (1809-1884)

Photo: Benjarong jars from the finest workshop in Thailand. These small jars are decorated with real 18k gold and are completely hand painted/glazed .

Benjarong is a traditional form of Thai porcelain. These small jars were originally used by the Royal court as both food, spice and offering vessels.  The style of multi-colored enamels on a white porcelain base came from Ming dynasty in China. The name “Benjarong” was derived from Bali and Sanskrit words Benja and Rong, meaning literally “Five Colors”. “Five Colors” really means “many colors” because the hand-painted pieces are usually decorated in three, five, eight colors, or even more.

Designs using gold are called Lai Nam Thong in Thai. This style was developed under the reign of King Rama V (1809-1884)

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Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets from South Africa

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Inlaid Beech Wood Boxes with Mother of Pearl Shell from Egypt

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Hand Carved Wooden Buddha Panels from Thailand - many sizes & colors to choose from

Zanzibar also carries the Sacramento and the Bay Areas (northern California) largest collection of Buddha statues and statuary:  Carved Wood Buddhas, Bronze Buddhas, Thai Buddhas, Chinese Buddhas, Balinese Buddhas, as well as Buddhas from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.   Visit or call our gallery to see our huge selection of unique and one of a kind carvings of Buddha.

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Egyptian Perfume Bottles

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Haitian Steel Oil Drum Art from The Island of Haiti

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Broken Bangle Boxes from India

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Hand Hammered Necklaces, Hair Picks, Bracelets & more from Thailand

crafted by the artisan who makes the crowns for the Miss Thailand Beauty Pageant!

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Hand Carved Macaw, Parrot & Lorikeet from Oaxaca, Mexico

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Turkish Bowls from Anatolia

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Reclaimed Teak Elephant Carvings from Thailand

Happy elephant family carved of reclaimed teak wood root in Chiang Mai northern Thailand. Each year Zanzibar plants 250 8-12 foot tall teak seedlings in the rainforests of northern Thailand. Replacing trees that were cut down over the last 150 years. This program was started by the king of Thailand to cut down on illegal logging. For every 125 seedlings we plant in the dry season (if we plant in the rainy season they grow tall without establishing roots but if planted in the dry season they send out deep roots which assures a secure footing) we are allowed to purchase (per sq cm) old stumps from trees cut down prior to 1900. Some of these stumps are huge - 8,10,15 feet tall with as much wood below ground as above. When these old growth trees were cut down they didn't have chain saws but used axes or two man ribbon saws - and they couldn't cut through the base with all the burls - so they went up the trunk to clear wood. These are stumps which can take over. 1000 years to decompose or more wouldn't have made good lumber but are perfect for carving. All pieces are unique and one of a kind. Part of the purchase prices goes to suppose elephant sanctuaries in Thailand

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Japanese Wooden Dolls

(Kokeshi)

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Milagro covered crosses and hearts from Mexico

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Retablos & Figures by Claudio Jimenez Quispe from Peru

New shipment arrived Nov 2

New Retablos for sale by Claudio

Information on Claudio & previously sold retablos

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Baltic Amber from Poland

we just received a HUGE shipment of Baltic Amber Earrings and Pendants, Bracelets, Necklaces and more!  Only a fraction of which is out on display - so come in and ask us what you're looking for if you don't see it!

amber bead necklaces and bracelets

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Reclaimed Teak Carvings and Panels from Thailand

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Roman Glass Pendants & Earrings from Israel

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Pineapples from Michoacan

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Cinnamon Pottery by Great Master Artisans from Mexico

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Reclaimed Teak Elephant Carvings from Thailand

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Clay Folk Art Pieces by the Ortega Family of Mexico

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Folk Art Clay Skulls and Figures by the World Famous Castillo and Hernandez Families of Puebla, Mexico

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Cloisonné Good Fortune Goldfish in many sizes!

In many Asian countries, goldfish, koi and carp (as well as turtles and frogs) are auspicious animals, bringing good fortune and prosperity.  It is believed that Dragons - celestial beings as adults, often hide as common aquatic animals in their youth such as fish, so they are power animals.  These charming articulated and hand cloisonne fish come in several sizes and many colors.  $4.50 and up!

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Swarovski Crystal Pins & Brooches

From Master Wan's workshop come these amazing quality completely hand built brooches - many of which are gold plated and feature dozens or even hundreds of hand prong set Swarovski crystals - many designs are recreations from Early 20th century designs including Tiffany & Co.

 

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Hand Woven/Loomed Silk Scarves from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia in a rainbow of colors!

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FAIRLY TRADED JEWELRY

Zanzibar offers one of the largest selections of fine quality, handmade and fairly traded semi-precious gem, Baltic amber, opal and sterling silver jewelry collections in northern California and Sacramento.  Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and chains - visit our Sacramento Gallery for an ever-changing selection.  From under $10 to over $4,000.00 we have a huge selection.

Baltic Amber, Garnet, Moonstone, Labrodorite, Citrine, Carnelian, Peridot, Amethyst, Opal, Onyx, Tourmaline, Blue & Lemon Topaz, Pearls, Turquoise, Coral, Kyanite, multi-colored sapphires, emeralds, rubies, Israeli Jewelry including rare Roman glass earrings and necklaces and many other difficult to find stones.  We're exclusive sellers of many of Bob Burketts pendants and one-of-a-kind lost wax jewelry pieces.  We also carry a large selection of tribal and vintage and antique tribal jewelry.  Plus our recycled paper & magazine bead necklaces, beaded Guatemalan jewelry and white metal Peruvian earrings as well as many other fine pieces of unique jewerly. 

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Zanzibar owners Josh Varner and Scott Farrell with Oaxacan Black Pottery artistan Dona Sofia Reyes

above are Zanzibar owners Josh and Scott with Oaxacan Black Pottery Clay artisan Dona Sofia Reyes on a recent collecting trip to Mexico.  Dona is 90 years old and still makes pottery every single day the way she has done since she was 13 years old!  Read more about here on her bio page here.

WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?

Zanzibar, Sacramento's premier FAIR TRADE IMPORT store & gallery is dedicated to only carrying sustainably produced and fairly traded items.  To learn more, visit our pages on what is fair trade?

Oaxacan clay artisan Josefina Aguilar showing young grandson how to mold clay

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

& NEW SHIPMENTS

Hand carved boxwood ojime, netsuke & Inro Boxes

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Soapstone from Kenya

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Handcarved Sandalwood, African Blackwood, Ebony and Mpingo wood pieces from Mozambique

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Haitian Steel Oil Drum Art

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Reclaimed Olivewood Salad Server Sets from Kenya

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Day of the Dead Holiday Themed One-of-a-kind Holiday Figures by Local Sacramento Artist Tamra Kohl

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Antique Tibetan Singing Bowls

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Fancy Recycled Glass Votive Cups & Ring Boxes

Crafted by a small family workshop in Bali, Indonesia, each of these boxes is hand made using recycled glass and lead-free solder.  A riot of colors, starting at $10

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Broken Bangle Boxes

Every woman in Northern India has dozens or hundreds of hand-blown glass bangle bracelets.  They are beautiful - but fragile, and often crack or break.

Our cooperative literally goes door-to-door, village-to-village and either trades new bangles for damaged ones or buys them outright.  A women's cooperative then uses plyers to break up the bangles and glue them to sustainably made fine quality wooden boxes!  Beautiful and unique, each box is a one-of-a-kind work of art inspired by designs by a famous East Indian artist who covered rock gardens and statues with Bangles. 

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Egyptian hand blown Glass Perfume Bottles

We've just received a large shipment of hand blown perfume bottles from our Egyptian artisans.  Many feature 24k gold and with prices starting at only $5.00, with most under $15.00, they make great gifts!

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RECYCLED MAGAZINE & CALENDAR BEAD NECKLACES

NEW LOWER PRICES!!

You can accessorize, look fabulous, save the planet and give women in Kenya and Uganda a better life with our unique and eye-popping necklaces made out of recycled magazines! Give a splash of color to your look -- and a tidal wave of compassion to our earth and some of the women on it.

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Shona Carved Figures, Families, one of a kind carvings & Animals from Zimbabwe

 

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Kapiz Shell Lotus Tealight Holders from Philippines

 

Recycled Metal Bird

Sculptures from Zimbabwe

Crafted using old oil drums and other waste metal, each of our unique bird sculptures can go outside and are realistic representations of both African and American birds.  Challenging to get these days, as Zimbabwe is still a mess, we were fortunate to source some recently at great prices.

  

Please note these are sold seasonally and by appointment

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Bronze Statuary from India

We just received a large shipment of beautifully executed bronze statuary featuring many Hindu and other Gods, Deities, Buddhas and Animals. 

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Felted Flower Pins/Brooches and Holiday Ornaments

We've begun working with several women's cooperatives in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan & Turkmenistan run by Kyrgyz nomads who have used felting to make their yurts and decorative rugs for generations.  Come in to see our selection!

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Black Pottery from Oaxaca, Mexico

  

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Talavera Catrina Statues

Unique, large (up to 6 feet tall) Catrina Statues hand crafted from Clay and Decorated with mineral based pigments that won't fade in the sun. 

We have a HUGE selection - shown by appointment

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Wooden Carved Kwan Yin

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Rattles, Maracas & Other Musical Instruments

Visit our gallery for an ever-changing selection of musical instruments

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Reverse Painted Chinese Master Quality Snuff & Perfume Bottles

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Jose Juan Garcia Aguilar

Day of the dead pieces & Skeleton Insects

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Hand painted Day of the Dead themed Bricks, Bottles, Skulls, Skulls with Wings, Cans & Other items by California artist Annette Armas


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MOLINILLOS - Mexican Chocolate Whisk/Stirrer

The molinillo [moh-lee-NEE-yoh] is the Mexican chocolate "whisk" or "stirrer". It is made of "turned" wood and it is used to froth warm drinks such as hot chocolate, Atole, and Champurrado.  These tools were actually invented by the Spaniard colonists in Mexico in the early 1700's. Prior to the invention of the molinillo, chocolate was froth by pouring it from one cup to another. The first molinillos were made to fit into a container with the handle extending out of the top. The molinillo was then rotated between the users two hands placed palm-sides together. The twisting motion frothed the chocolate.

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Turkish Pottery Bowls & Dishes

These beautiful dishes, bowls and platters are high fired and are exuberantly decorated with hyacinths, tulips, carnations, roses, evil eyes (talismans for protection and good luck), stylized floral scrollwork known as hatayi, Chinese clouds, imbrication, cintemani (a design consisting of three spots and pairs of flickering stripes), and geometric patterns.

They are lead free and dishwasher and oven safe, however, we would highly recommend hand washing. Beautiful and functional, each piece is a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art!

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Nicaraguan Pottery

Zanzibar co-owner Josh just returned from a 17 day trip to Nicaragua where he stayed with potters and artisans and commissioned and collected some truly amazing low fire pottery masterpieces  Visit our gallery to see what he shipped back

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Indian Bindis back in stock!

We've been out of our self-adhesive removable (you can use them multiple times then use eye-lash glue to continue using them!) bindis for a while... we lost our original supplier and frankly, every other brand we've tried just didn't meet our high standards.  We've reconnected with our old supplier and once again have them in stock!  DOZENS of unique, different styles!  Use them for costumes, to spice up your eyes or just about ANYWHERE on your body!

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Tin Crosses & Hearts from Mexico

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Steel Oil Drum Wall Art from Haiti

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Taureg Silver Jewelry from West Africa inset with Ebony

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Hand Carved Wooden Print Block Sets from India

These intricate little wooden stamps or print blocks are sold in assorted sets - including animals, flowers, paisleys and more!  Many sizes and styles to choose from.  Great for imprinting cards and paper, textiles, clay & more.

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Ming / Ching Pottery Sherd Pill Boxes

These beautiful one-of-a-kind pill boxes feature a small sherd of broken Chinese Ming or Ching Dynasty pottery surrounded by embossed white metal. These pieces are guaranteed to be antique porcelain, having been made from 300 - 660+ years ago during either the Ming or Ching Dynasties circa - 1644 A.C.E (After Common Era).

During the Chinese cultural revolution under Mao Zedong from 1966-1976, millions of artifacts were ordered destroyed, including pottery and other items associated with “bourgeois values”. Porcelain, statuary, musical instruments and other precious antiques were all lost during this time so that they would not "pollute" the populace, as they were considered frivolous.

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Cloisonné Dishes, bowls, vases and bangles

Cloisonné, an ancient metalworking technique, is a multi-step process. It was developed in the Near East and spread to the Byzantine Empire and from there along the Silk Road to China. Small ribbons of copper are meticulously soldered to form flowers and other shapes on a copper background. These sections are then filled with a paste of powdered colored glass that is then fired, producing the amazing variety of colors, shapes and patterns on these wonderful jewelry pieces, bowls, dishes and vases.  Each one is a true work of art taking many hours to complete. 100% handcrafted. Fairly Traded. Master artisan quality.

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Chulucanas Pottery from Peru

This unique hand made (not molded) pottery and figures  is pit fired - using simple glazes; but the true beauty comes from the rich, coffee/chocolate brown patina which is achieved by firing the piece with green mango leaves which leaves a deep, dark brown/black patina on the unglazed portions.  Truly unique.. and affordable!

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Hand block printed Silk Scarves from India

The art of printing fabric using hand carved wooden print blocks in India, is unfortunately, nearing its artistic end.  Modern web presses and silk screening has replaced this ancient art.  These unique, each one hand printed silk scarves recall an earlier time when the intricate process of using up to six different wood block stamps are used to create these one of a kind beauties! 

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Balinese Wood Carvings

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TIN ANIMALS FROM ZIMBABWE

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Master Quality Reverse Glass Painted Snuff Bottles

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Handcarved African Soapstone from Kenya

   

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Telephone Wire Baskets from South Africa

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BALTIC AMBER

Luscious Baltic Amber from Poland set into Sterling Silver.  Bracelets, earrings, pendants, necklaces and more just arrived! 

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ISRAELI JEWELRY

Sterling Silver & 24k Gold hand crafted Artisan made earrings, pendants, necklaces & suites including rare Roman Glass set into sterling!

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Hand woven Luxurious Shawls & Scarves

 

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Handmade Japanese Tea Sets & Sake Sets

Dozens of unique designs to choose from!

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Tree Resin Buddhas from Thailand

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Mexican Folk Art

Scott just returned from Jalisco, Michoacan and Guerrero, Mexico on a buying trip!  Lots of Mexican masks including diablos (devils), coconut masks, cherubs, flying angels, tin star lanterns, Huichol beaded artworks, milagro covered hearts, crosses and much more!  Visit our gallery!

above - trees of life in high fired clay - beautiful, awarded pieces!

Milagro covered hearts, crosses & mirrors

Huichol Indian beaded masks, suns & moons

Coconut masks from Guerrero!

Dozens of new styles to choose from!

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NAZAR EVIL EYE PENDANTS, RUNNERS, JEWELRY & MORE

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TURQUOISE JEWELRY

we've just received a shipment of beautiful turquoise jewelry featuring mostly American Southwest Jewelry from Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada, all set into stunning sterling silver settings.  Bracelets, earrings, and necklaces! 

Turquoise Necklace set into Sterling silver

Turquoise bracelet set into sterling silver

Turquoise is becoming very difficult to source, and we've found some beautifully matched pieces and had our artisans in Jaipur, India set them with some amazing results.  Visit our gallery for the full selection!

Natural undyed coral, turquoise and pearl necklace

natural turquoise leaf necklace

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Talavera Pottery from Mexico, including some FANTASTIC glazed catrinas, pots, ginger jars, plates & more!

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Safari Babies

hand knit animals made by a women's group in Kenya

Beaded Animals from Kenya

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Ceramic & Paper Mache Skulls & Other Day of the Dead Items are arriving almost daily...visit our gallery soon!

 

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Mexican Papel Picado Paper

& Plastic Banners

including Medium in plastic & paper just arrived Oct 1st

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Kenyan Soapstone

after months of waiting (because of challenges getting anything out of Kenya) we've received a large shipment of Kenyan Soapstone animals, boxes & hearts, plus woodcarvings!

Soapstone Rhino and Elephant with trunk up from Kenya Africa

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Beautiful Hand Woven Shawls & Scarves from India!

Viscose hand woven color on color shawls

including some spectacular, hand woven 100% silk shawls that are incredibly beautiful and very soft!  Fantastic price, too!

100% Silk scarf from Northern India hand loomed

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Handcarved & Beaded Elephant Hangings

Each string is unique, with hand painted elephants with their trunks up for good fortune and beaded with hand painted glass beads.  Carved of sustainably harvested wood and painted with non-toxic paints.  Each one features bells.  Beautiful workmanship.  FairlyTraded. 

Carved wooden elephant string ornaments

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HUGE SHIPMENT of Talavera & Majolica Pottery from Mexico

Talavera Pottery Stools

talavera pottery pots from Dolores Hidalgo Mexico

Zanzibar offers one of Sacramento's largest selections

of Mexican Talavera Pots and pottery!

Talavera brightly colored Chihuahua ceramic dogs

Brightly colored and glazed Talavera pottery lizards and pots from Mexico

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Fair Trade iindian woman artisans should not remain faceless fair traded gives them an identity!

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Fairly Traded Maasai Beaded Bracelets from Kenya

After several months of not being able to source our popular beaded wire bracelets made by a Maasai women's cooperative, we've finally received a shipment.  Bold, colorful hand blown Czech glass beads are beaded onto wires for these fun cuffs.  We also have beaded bangles and "elephant hair bracelets" (made from grass - NOT elephant hair!!). 

 Sustainable handicrafts such as these allow the Maasai to maintain a migratory lifestyle, following the rains with their animals and allows them some income in order to keep them from settling into reserves as the Kenyan government wishes. 

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Aguilar Sister's Clay Figures from Oaxaca, Mexico

Josefina Aguilar's Figures

Guillermina Aguilar Alcantara's Figures

...plus other pieces by other family members such as Jose Juan Aguilar (above piece and others), Demetrio Aguilar and others! Visit our gallery for more pictures!

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BRASS & BRONZE STATUARY FROM INDIA

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Traditional black pottery from Oaxaca, Mexico

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Fine quality articulated good fortune goldfish

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Nichos from Mexico

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Oaxacan Woodcarvings

Josh and Scott just returned from 9 days in Oaxaca, Mexico with tons of new items - with much more due to be shipped in the next few weeks...

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ALL THE ABOVE MIRRORS ARE 5-7" tall and sell for $12!!!!

LARGER SIZES & MANY OTHER STYLES IN OUR STORE!

 

Tin Hearts from Mexico

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BRASS & BRONZE STATUARY FROM INDIA

 

We've just received a shipment of beautiful and affordable bronze & brass Hindu and Buddhist Statuary from India.   Lots of Ganesha statues under $50!  Many deities including Buddha, Ganesh, Krishna, Parvati, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kali, Durga, Shiva, Hanuman & more...

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Copper Animal Pins / Broochs

 

Crafted by a cooperative in Durban South Africa, the wire is actually recycled from old electric motors from cars! Life is a struggle for many of these Zulu men & women, as HIV/AIDS has devastated most South African Zulu families. . A significant portion of the sales price goes directly to the artisans. Choose butterfly, dragonfly, lizard or heart.  Other African animals such as elephants, hippos, ostriches, rhinos, lizards, chameleons and more available without pin. 

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  Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets

from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa

 

These bright, washable and sturdy baskets, called imbenge in the Zulu language and referred to as “scoobie” bowls in South Africa, come in myriad colors and intricate, mesmerizing designs.  Originally crafted of downed telephone wires and used to cover baskets of beer, they can be used to store nuts, fruit, bread, or other foodstuffs, or simply admired for their beauty and workmanship.

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FEATURED PRODUCT

Recovered Olivewood Salt Pots

Carved from olive wood stumps dug up in field preparation, these small bowls with a spoon are hand carved in Central Kenya by the workers in the field for extra income. The shape of each salt pot is unique.  Kahero Farm is just about 10 miles north of the Equator in the Great Rift Valley. It was a forest many years ago where people cut down trees for firewood and charcoal. The new owners of the farm saved the brown olive (olea africana) stumps of trees that were cut down decades earlier and taught the local herdsmen to carve bowls and spoons from the aged wood. No two bowls are alike. Every bowl is made according to the grain in the wood. The only power tool is a chain saw used to cut the stumps into workable pieces.

After that, the carvers use machetes, chisels, and other homemade tools, some made from old harrow disks. The bowls are finished with broken glass bottles and sand paper and are then dipped in liquid paraffin, which protects the beauty of the wood. There is no carving workshop on Kahero Farms. The work is done where the herdsman sits chipping away while watching the sheep and cattle in the field. The herdsmen are paid a fair price for the pieces they create.

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Hand Woven Shawls, Scarves & Throws from India - Huge selection!

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NEW SHIPMENT OF JIMENEZ RETABLOS

Retablos by Claudio Jimenez Quispe

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Original Jewelry by northern California artist

Bob (Robert) Burkett

click on photos and scroll to bottom to see NEW pieces!

The above pieces (and more at our gallery) are crafted in the Japanese Shibuichi technique (using a lost wax casting technique where 1/5th silver and 4/5ths copper is used to produce amazingly fine details).  Bob is a world-recognized jewelry maker and is considered "the number one bead maker in the USA".  Highly collectable, his pieces are versatile and affordable while being unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Learn more:  Bob Burkett original jewelry

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Pineapple Pots by Great Master of Mexican Folk Art

Hilario Alejos Madrigal

Pineapple Pots by Great Master of Mexican Folk Art

Neftali Ayungua Suarez

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Day of the Dead Figures from Mexico

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TALAVERA!

We've just received a shipment of Mexican Talavera Pottery (mostly animals such as frogs, lizards, suns, etc. - not many plant pots)

Including lots of long awaited Ginger Jars!

Many to choose from!  Visit our store for entire selection

Talavera Tile hand painted Virgin de Guadalupe Tile Mosaic

 

 

Evil Eye pendants, bracelets & wall hangings from Turkey

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Mexican Day of the Dead Figures

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Recycled Glass Hearts from Ghana, Africa

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Ethiopian Baskets

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WOOL SHAWLS*
 

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ONE-OF-A-KIND BEADED ANIMALS
from Monkeybiz cooperative in South Africa

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Recycled Wire Earrings from Kenya

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Alpaca Scarves from Peru

 

These incredibly soft scarves are so soft!  Visit our gallery for the best selection.  Assorted colors.

Hand knit or woven by a small family workshop in Peru. Made of 100% Alpaca Wool. Alpacas are shorn like sheep and not harmed.

The Alpaca is a domesticated camelid that are kept in herds that graze high in the Andes of Peru at an altitude of 11,000 to 16,000 ft. Alpacas are smaller than llamas, and are not used as beasts of burden but are valued only for their soft fiber.

Indian Jewelry!

lots of pendants, earrings & bracelets!

RARE Gaspeite, Kyanite and other stones!

Bronze Statuary from India

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Antique Tibetan Singing Bowls

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One of a kind Jewelry

  

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Peruvian & Nicaraguan Pottery

Chulucanas pottery women with chilis or flowers.

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Coconut Masks from Mexico

Animals, fruits, suns, mermaids and much more created using coconuts, seed pods, clay and paint.  From two family workshops in Guerrero State in Mexico. 

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Nichos from Mexico

above:  "God created kissing - the Devil created the rest"

& "I'm no virgin, but I perform miracles"

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Baltic Amber Jewelry from Poland

 

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Hand woven Merino wool & viscose shawls & scarves from India

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Original clay figures by Jose Juan Garcia Aguilar (son of Josefina)

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NEW STOCK STAND SIZES!

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Unique Ethnographic Horns, Shells, Pigs Tusk Ornaments & Currency from Oceania

  

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Nichos from Mexico

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 MICRO LOAN PROGRAMS

Here at Zanzibar, we work with dozens of small, family run businesses, cooperatives, women's groups and individuals in third world countries.

One of the projects we have promoted is the use of "micro loans" - small loans (sometimes just a few hundred dollars) that we advance or distribute to artisans, interest free. We currently have a 99.7% payback rate.  Currently, we underwrite all of our loans in house, however we've had many clients ask "how can I help?"  Well, besides buying fairly traded products and handicrafts from our store, There's a way you can help:

KIVA is an internet non-profit group that allows you to make loans (as little as $25) to the struggling, third-world business of your choice - it's NOT a donation - it's a loan and you will be paid back! ... and you can take the money back or reinvest it into another business. Check out their site!

www.KIVA.ORG

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WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?

Zanzibar is dedicated to only carrying sustainably produced and fairly traded items.  To learn more, visit our pages on what is fair trade?

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BILL CLINTON ON FAIR TRADE

Did you catch Bill Clinton talking to Martha Stewart about Fair Trade?  Click on the photo below to watch it!

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Want to purchase online via our secure shopping cart?

Visit our retail website at: 

Sacramento Fair Trade Store

OR CLICK ON PRODUCTS TO THE UPPER LEFT OF THIS PAGE

While what we offer online is only a TINY fraction of what we sell, you can get a good idea of the quality and variety we offer by going to this website.  You may also wish to visit our photo gallery to see pictures of our gallery. 

We've been rated one of the top 10 (ten) most fun things to do in Sacramento! Visiting our store is like visiting a Sacramento Museums!

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Mexican Tin Nichos

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Helping Preserve the last 700 Mountain Gorillas in Africa

Zanzibar has teamed up with the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) to help preserve the LAST 700 Mountain Gorillas.  Visit our gallery to purchase hand carved wooden gorillas, bowls, boxes and hand woven baskets from Uganda and Rwanda - with 100% of the profit being donated to the IGCP.  Click here for more info!

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 We've just acquired a large private collection of spectacular old Dan Masks from Africa - shown by appointment

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Sapphires, Emeralds & Rubies!

We've just received a shipment of our hand-picked exceptional quality, all-natural (no heat treating, color enhancements or irradiation) Sapphires, Multi-colored sapphires, Black Diamonds, Emeralds, Rubies and Tourmaline Necklaces, earrings and Jewelry.  Shown by appointment.

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Zanzibar features pottery by Dona Sofia in our gallery.

She has outlived her three children and now works

with her granddaughter and grandson-in-law.

We are proud to carry her beautiful pottery pieces.

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New Ireland / New Britain Papua New Guinea Funeral Masks & Fire Masks

including Baining (aka Baning, Banning, Bining) Fire Masks, Malanggan (aka Malangan) Tatanua Funeral masks

We've acquired a large private collection of these incredibly rare and not-often seen regalia and masks. 

shown by appointment only

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Why did we name our gallery Zanzibar?

Good question.  Zanzibar is actually an island off the east coast of Africa and the country of Tanzania which it is officially a part of.  Today Zanzibar (and its northern island neighbor, Pemba) are known for tourism and beaches as well as its old stone town. 

For thousands of years Zanzibar has been a trading center for spices, wood, dried fish, salt - just about everything you can imagine.  Arabs, Persians, West Indians, Chinese and even Europeans (Portuguese especially) have traded here for hundreds of years.  While the spices, especially cloves, were locally grown, most of the other items traded for were from other places.  The coastal Swahili language, in part a trading language, evolved here. 

Thus Zanzibar was more of a trading Mecca - where one could find things from many different lands - thus we named our gallery Zanzibar since we currently have items from over 100 different countries (and while we have stuff from Tanzania, we don't actually have anything from Zanzibar!)

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semi-precious stone jewelry, nativities and crèches, day of the dead figures, dia de los muertos skulls and altars, Jimenez retablos, Mexican Catrina skeletons, African masks, recycled silk yarns, custom Egyptian cartouches, African Ghana Bolga Baskets, , South African Zulu Baskets Tingsha, Mudcloth and other African textiles, pampering personal care products, stock mask stands, and wood print blocks, Talavera Pottery from Mexico.

You can also visit our sister websites:

For Indian Print blocks : www.woodprintblocks.com

For collector & museum quality African masks:  www.kinyago.com

 

*a note on child labor:  we would NEVER allow child labor in the traditional sense (children leaving school to work in factories or under duress), however, frankly, we work with many family run workshops and occasionally part of a child's responsibilities is to help - no different from your child taking out the garbage or doing chores.  On rare instances, we actually carry works of art created by children of famous artisans - they are simply learning from their parents and take great joy in selling their first produced pieces.  We're proud that we've bought many of upcoming teenage artisan's very first items that they've produced - on the way to becoming master artisans like their parent(s).

Day of the Dead Plates!

We also have platters, bowls, ginger jars, vases, pitchers, tiles, boxes and many other skully themed ceramics!

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Day of the Dead themed tiles - dozens to choose from!

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Dia de los muertos figures!

 

 

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Zanzibar Tribal Art Gallery

1731 L Street (corner 18th & L)
Midtown Sacramento CA 95814

(916) 443-2057 voice

(916) 443-5601 fax

 

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September's Birthstone:  SAPPHIRES!

Zanzibar carries a wide range of blue and colored fancy sapphires earings and pendants

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Tumbled Stones, Rough Stones, Rock, Mineral & Fossil Specimens

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Roman Glass jewelry set into sterling silver from Israel

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Dias de los Muertos  "the Day of the Dead" Skulls, Figures, Skeletons, Retablos & Catrinas

 We have Sacramento's largest selection of Day of the Dead figures, skulls, sugar skulls, chocolates and more!

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Ethnographic, danced African Animal Masks, Bozo Marionettes and Puppets

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UNIQUE FAIRLY TRADED AND AFFORDABLE GIFTS

click here to view some great gifts - many under $20

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Semi Precious Stone & Sterling Silver Jewelry including earrings, bracelets, pendants,  necklaces and more.  Garnet, Amethyst, Peridot, Baltic Amber, Moonstone, Pearl, Labradorite, Kyanite, Onxy, Turquoise & more 

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Evil Eye Bracelets &  Evil Eye Key rings

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Talavera Pottery from Mexico, including ginger jars, plates, platters, lizards, animals such as frogs & geckos & iguanas, bowls & pitchers

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Mexican Papel Picado - tissue paper & plastic  banners from Mexico - Sacramento's Largest selection!  Including Day of the Dead, Spring, Flowers, Wedding, Birthday and other Paper Picado Mexican Paper and Plastic Banners decorations for Cinco de Mayo, birthdays, Day of the Dead and more.

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Worry Dolls from Guatemala

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Talavera Majolica style plates with fruits painted on them

Majolica & Talavera hand painted food safe plates, platters, dishes & bowls from Mexico

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Original Jewelry from Israel in Sterling Silver with Pearls, Gold and Roman Glass by Israeli Artisans from Kibbutz Beit-Nir

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Beautiful one of a kind Hand painted Oil Paintings of Madonna, Saints, Angels & Mother & Child from Peru

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Sacramento's largest Selection of Tibetan Singing Bowls plus Japanese Rin Gongs, Japanese Singing Bowls, Korean Singing Bowls, Nepalese singing bowls, tingsha, gongs & other musical instruments used in rituals, healing and meditation

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Retablo figures, skeletons & retablos  by the Jimenez family of Peru including Claudio Jimenez Quispe

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South African Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets

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Prosperity Money Toads Frogs from China

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Dan Masks from West Africa, Liberia & Ivory Coast along with hundreds of other unique, danced masks, figures, shields, weapons, pottery & more!

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Original Jewelry, pendants, beads and rings by northern California artist Bob (Robert) Burkett including bee beads, mermaids, turtles, cicadas, dragonflies, goldfish & koi and other fanciful animals and people. 

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Hand carved boxwood ojime, netsuke & Inro Boxes

Mexican Tin Hearts & Nichos

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Beaded Animals from Africa including Kenya and South Africa

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Hand blown Egyptian Perfume Bottles

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Nichos & Other Mexican Folk Art

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African Masks, Framed Tribal Art, Kuba Cloth Skirt, Zulu Hat

Visit our retail Gallery

Thai Gold Leaf Buddha Statues
View photos of our gallery by clicking
here!

Philippine artifacts, African doors, African stools, African dolls & figures, shields, gourds

Gold leaf buddha panels, Korean celadon pottery, tibetan singing bowls, torans, dolls, nativities

We offer a huge selection of Buddhas - Sacramento and northern Californias largest selection of Buddhas including Bronze and Brass Buddha Statues, hand carved wooden Buddha carvings as well as stone, jade and crystal Buddha Statuary.

View more photos of our African & Tribal Art store in our

photo gallery

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Meet some of our Artisans

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Adinkra Stamps african symbols from Ghana
Adinkra Stamps from Ghana, Africa

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Ostrich Shell Bracelets crafted by the Bushmen (San) people

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Sustainably harvested Olivewood Bowls

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Dias de los Muertos  "the Day of the Dead" Skulls, Figures, Retablos & Catrinas

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Neolithic arrowheads, spear points & tools

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Bobo hornbill mask with chameleon from Burkina Faso

Sacramento's Largest selection of African Masks, Mexican Masks, Guatemalan Masks, New Guinea Masks, Tribal Art, Folkart, Ethnographic Art & Figures, weapons, pottery and baskets.

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Josefina Aguilar Clay Figures from Oaxaca

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African Textiles & Mudcloth from Mali

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Olivewood Hearts

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Wooden Print Blocks from India, Nepal, & Indonesia.  These wood stamps are great for paper, fabric, wallpaper, textile and clay and ceramic printing or impressing.  These are shown by appointment only!

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Hand carved recovered (sustainable) Wood Salad Server Sets

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Mexican Tin & Metal Retablos & Ex-votos Icon Paintings

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Recycled Glass Hearts

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Nicaraguan Pottery from the village of San Juan de Oriente

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Finest Quality Tibetan, Nepalese & Indian Tingsha Hand Cymbals and Chimes

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Master Quality Reverse Glass Painted Snuff Bottles

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Wounaan and Embera baskets from the rainforests of Panama

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Sustainably harvested Ironwood carvings from Mexico

Putumayo Music CD's

Pacifica brand candles

Nepalese & Indian Bronze & Copper Lost Wax Gold Gilded Statuary

Tongan Plateau Winnowing Baskets from Zimbabwe & Zambia, Africa

Peruvian Chulucanas Pottery

Little Chanchitos Handmade Clay pigs with three legs from Chile

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Asian Teapots, Tea Sets, Tea Cups & Sake Sets from Japan, Korea & China in ceramic and wrought iron

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African & Tribal Jewelry

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Recycled Metal Bird Sculptures from Zimbabwe (Seasonal)

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Pre de Provence European French Milled Soaps, Hand Creams & Shea Butter products

Shiva Lingham Stones

Tibetan Buddhist Ritual Items including Phurbas, Bells, Tingsha, Singing Bells, Statuary, Dorjes, and Tantric items

African & Tribal Beaded Jewelry

Chinese Terracotta Warriors

Korean Hand Painted Scrolls & Screens

Ugandan African Baskets

Coconut Masks from Mexico

Mexican Milagros "Miracles"

Gorky Gonzalez Majolica Pottery

Mexican Dance Masks

Hmong Embroidered Teddy Bears

Mexican Devil/Diablo Masks

Stone Statuary, Buddha & Kwan Yin Heads

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Mexican Sugar Skull Making & Decorating Classes for 2013

 

Copal Resin Incense from Oaxaca, Mexico for your Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead Altar

 

Zanzibar Gallery

1731 L Street (corner of 18th & L in Midtown) Sacramento, CA 95811

Look for the giant gold Buddha face above our door!

(916) 443-5601

(916) 443-2057

WE NO LONGER HAVE AN 800 NUMBER OR FAX NUMBER WITH APOLOGIES

HOURS:

NORMAL HOURS:

MON-SAT 11am - 6pm 

Sundays 11am - 3pm

Private Appointments Available - ask!

NOTE:  We are CLOSED on the following Holidays:  New Years Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas (plus Dec 26th).

Parking is on the street, or in one of the many paid lots near us.  All day Sat & Sun and after 4pm weekdays there is a $2 unlimited parking garage on 17th Street Between L and Capitol (M St)

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FREE GIFT WRAP!

COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAPPING FOR ALL PURCHASES OVER $20*

We offer gift bags with tissue and over three dozen gift wrap papers as well as matching ribbons for you to choose from! *some restrictions apply

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

Thai Celadon

Sacramento's largest selection of Baltic Amber Jewelry including Amber earrings, Amber pendants, & Amber Necklaces from Poland, Lithuania and the Ukraine

Tibetan Prayer Flags

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Wood, Bronze, Stone, Bone & Tree Resin Buddhas in many styles including many unique, one of a kind Buddhist Buddha statues and statuary - Sacramento's largest selection of Buddha

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Unique, one of a kind master quality bone carvings, statues and pendants

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South African Zulu ilala palm Baskets, Zulu Telephone wire baskets & Other African baskets - most shown by appointment

South African Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets

Great gift at an affordable price:  Natural fiber Shawls from India - starting at only $20

Hand woven Indian Jamavar Jacquard Loomed Shawls from Rajasthan & Kashmir

Soapstone from Kenya

Semi Precious Gem and Baltic Amber Jewelry

Fairly Traded Jewelry Sacramento's largest selection of Sterling Silver Jewelry:  Earrings, Pendants, Necklaces & Bracelets in Amber, Amethyst, Carnelian, Citrine, Coral, Garnet, Kyanite, Labradorite, Moonstone, Onyx, Opals, Pearl, Peridot, Rubies, Sterling Silver, Emerald, Topaz, Turquoise and other semi-precious & precious stone jewelry

Custom Egyptian Cartouche Pendants in Sterling Silver and Gold direct from Egypt with your name!

Claudio Jimenez Quispe

Retablos from Peru

Bronze Statuary from India, Nepal Thailand & Tibet. Largest selection of the finest quality Hindu and Buddhist Bronze God & Goddess Statues in Sacramento.  Bronze Statues of Buddha, Laxmi, Ganesh, Hanuman, Quan Yin and many others. 

Nippon Kodo brand Japanese fine Incense

Om Plaques

Oaxacan Wood carvings and paper mache as well as Mexican Folk Art

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sustainably harvested decorative Capiz shell lotus tea light burners

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Votivo Candles including Red Currant

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Himalayan Quartz Crystal Buddhas, Stupas, Dorjes, Phurbas, Ganesh & Linghams

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Silk Scarves, Wool Shawls, Indian Wedding Shawls & Saris, Cotton scarves

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Nepalese & Tibetan Jewelry & Earrings

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African cloth dolls & Fertility dolls

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Safari Babies - Hand Knit Woven Animals from Kenya, Africa

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Soapstone Hearts from Kenya

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Amazing Mexican Folkart by Tomas Baiz Hernandez & the Castillo Family

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Colombian Saints & Marys

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African, Papua New Guinea & Other Tribal Shields, Spears, Arrows and Weapons

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Recycled tin art Tin Animals from Zimbabwe

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Contemporary Tang Dynasty Horses

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Guatemalan Masks

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Museum Quality Tagua Nut Carvings from Panama shown by appointment

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Adhesive Indian Bindis

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Mexican Huichol Beaded Jaguar Heads, Bowls & Figures

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one of Sacramento's largest selection of Turquoise Jewelry

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Nepalese Wooden Masks featuring Snow Lions, Garuda, Buddhas, Ganesh, Birab, protective demons  & more!

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Tetsubin Japanese Cast Iron & Ceramic Teapots & Tea Kettles

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Tree Resin Buddhas from Thailand

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Hand carved Rosewood Bases & Trivets

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Stock & Custom Metal Mask Stands, Stand for African Masks

NOT OFFERING AT THIS TIME

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Did you see the Sacramento Bee article that featured our business?  Click here to read the article

Sacramento importers feel sting of global economy

Zanzibar Trading is proud to be sponsors of:

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Buddha Face Panels from Thailand

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June's Birthstone MOONSTONE or PEARL JEWELRY

MAY'S BIRTHSTONE IS EMERALD

Visit our gallery for a GREAT SELECTION of Emerald Jewelry - from simple rough cut natural stones in simple silver settings to fantastic high end pieces set in gold with diamonds!

 

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JUNE'S BIRTHSTONES ARE PEARLS

Visit our gallery for a GREAT SELECTION of Pearl Jewelry - from simple earrings to bracelets, necklaces and pendants.  If you're looking for Pearl Earrings in Sacramento, Zanzibar is your first choice!

July's Birthstone is RUBY

August's Birthstone is PERIDOT

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Paper Mache Skeletons by Andres:  Jose Andres Chavez Morales

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Building a Dia de los Muertos (Mexican Day of the Dead) Altar or Ofrenda

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For collectors of carved and wooden, soapstone, metal or wire animals, Zanzibar offer's Sacramento's largest selection of:

African Elephant Carvings

Indian Elephant Carvings

Rhino Carvings

Rhinoceros Carvings

Giraffe Carvings

Hippo Carvings

Turtle carvings

Lion carvings

Zebra carvings

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MICHAEL AND BRENDA ZULU BASKETS PAGE

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The following items we are currently very low or out of stock on - but hope to restock soon:

Korean & Thai/Thailand Celadon Pottery

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Recycled paper & magazine bead jewelry from Africa

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hand carved wooden gorillas from Uganda

OUT OF STOCK

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 Australian Opal Jewelry  - October's Birthstone is Opal

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Meet our knitters who make our recycled silk scarves & learn how our recycled silk yarn is hand crafted

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Hand painted South African Taper Candles

Tagua Nut Carvings from Ecuador

Hearts for Valentines Day Gifts

February's Birthstone AMETHYST JEWELRY

A sampling of Amethyst Jewelry

 

March's Birthstone AQUAMARINE JEWELRY

January's Birthstone
GARNET JEWELRY

 

 

Korean Celadon* we offer a limited supply currently as we can no longer source it. 

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easy step by step instructions on how to make sugar skulls

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Mexican Sugar Skull Molds in Sacramento

Mexican Sugar Skull Molds & Supplies for Making Sugar Skulls for Days of the Dead

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Easy to follow step-by-step instructions on molding & making sugar skulls

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HOW TO MAKE SUGAR SKULLS

How to make sugar skulls

BUY SUGAR SKULL MOLDS AND SUPPLIES FOR DECORATING SUGAR SKULLS

 

Holiday Nativities & Christmas Ornaments from around the World