The Market @ The Village Presents…
A weekly section called “Meet the Vendors”
Savuti is owned and operated by Colette Leier who says “Savuti is for the woman who is looking to make an intentional purchase. Home decor and personal accessories reflect Modern African design with a fusion of traditional elements. Pieces, including baskets from Kenya, Eswatini, and pottery and textiles from South Africa are handmade and as unique as the hands that made them.” Savuti sells home decor, clothing, jewelry and many other handmade items. Colette travels to Africa to connect with artisans and to learn their stories. “Each time, I touch the ground in Africa, an exhilarating feeling of discovery hits me. I hope every Savuti customer gets that same feeling. Together, we are leveraging business for good.” That is Colette’s mission with her brand; to help small artisans in African countries expand and give the same magical feeling to her customers that she experiences when she travels around Africa.
Savuti is a bridge across cultures, by sharing everyday objects that reflect Modern African Design. It is a way through which the tactile, colourful tradition-based creations of African artisans can be introduced to a global marketplace. It is a means by which buyers, many of whom are in North America, are able to collect artistic yet functional pieces from far away while knowing that each purchase encourages entrepreneurship and supports a sustainable path for the artisans to have better lives. There is nothing more exciting than discovering a new artist that preserves age-old cultural traditions that are in danger of being lost. Through Savuti, such artisanal communities get to unlock their own potential, share the know-how that is woven into their ancestral memory, and culturally enrich the world while earning sustainable incomes. Savuti has many ways of gaining inventories, but one of its most popular suppliers is Potters Workshop of South Africa. The woman behind Potters Workshop, Chris Silverston, started by working with a group of Xhosa men with no creative background and gave them a safe space with which to nurture and develop their painting skills. From this environment has evolved the renowned bead & seed like decorations which grace their ceramics, along with flowing interpretations of local flora and fauna.
You can find Savuti at the Market @ The Village on July 9th & 30th, and August 13th & 27th or you can find them at their other pop-ups, “Always June Organic Farm”- Saturday Jul 16, 2022, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 5584 Townline Road, Niagara Falls or at “For the Love of Merlot” – Jackson Triggs Market Sep 17th, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Niagara on the Lake. To see some of Savutis products or to shop online, head to their website https://savutistyle.com/shop or follow them on Facebook @savutistyle or Instagram @savuti.co. Additionally, you can email Colette at firstname.lastname@example.org.