BAOBAB DROPS EXQUISITE NEW MIKEA COLLECTION
Just like the baobabs overlooking the African savannah, Baobab Collection’s candles and diffusers are known for their size and original designs. They are extraordinary objects providing an olfactory and aesthetic experience. Baobab Collection first saw the light of day in 2002, in the enchanting landscape of Tanzania, a country rich in intense colours and bewitching perfumes. If the collections are inspired by faraway places and wild nature, it is in Belgium that the new creations are dreamed up, a small country recognized for its creativity, know-how and minimal chic. Baobab Collection’s candle creations are tales waiting to be discovered, sensory experiences that are the result of exquisite perfumes and aesthetic design.
For its new Limited Edition Spring Summer 2017 collection, Baobab Collection continues its work in Madagascar with a new collection inspired by the ancient Mikea tribe. Once again, we have decided to collaborate with the women of the Malagasy coop we worked with on the M project to create a new collection made entirely of crocheted raffia. Staying true to our values of ancestral craftsmanship and tradition, we have chosen to highlight our artisans and their work.
The Mikea tribe has been forced to settle, as it is no longer able to inhabit the forests it once called home, now being exploited for rosewood. We will be donating a portion of our sales to the Mikea people, in the hope that this collection will shine light on their dire situation. In doing so, Baobab Collection stays true to its African roots and core values of discovery and travel. Photographer Serge Anton captures this human encounter, featuring photographs taken during a December 2016 trip.
THE MIKEA FOREST FOUNDATION: In July 2015, Jean-Claude Vinson founded the Mikea Forest, a foundation to support this forgotten tribe. Mr. Vinson’s story is a heteroclite one. Originally Franco-Malagasy, he found his calling as a musician, writer, and multi-disciplinary artist. His knowledge and love for island of Madagascar have no bounds, and his inspiring convictions have touched us deeply. We have decided to help Mr. Vinson in his quest to support the newly-created Mikea school, and allow these children to have regular access to clean water.
The Mikea collection, second installment of the M Project, showcases the Mikea people and their struggle with specific motifs, colors, and scents. The tree of life motif symbolizes how every tree that disappears is significant, the same tree that the Mikea people once called home.
The colors have also been chosen to match this collection’s landscape, a blend of grey and red ochre. On each candle, we have chosen to attach a small object that draws its shape from the spear the Mikeas use to hunt, an ode to their warrior roots.
With this new collection, Baobab Collection begins a humanitarian project that aligns itself per fectly with the values initially set up by the M Project, a celebration of the artisan and the incredible feats of the human hand. Every crocheted raffia piece requires long hours of hard work, infinite patience, and a deep love of material. Our candles are traditionally poured by hand and demand hours, if not days, in order to pour layer upon layer.
It takes five hours in a small cart to refuel the Mikea school’s water supply at the well. Our aid will allow children to access the water supply more quickly so as to increase hygiene and overall health.
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