ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS
Embracing the beauty of the land and incorporating contemporary design, Outpost Original brings you a visual celebration of Africa’s extraordinary wealth of handmade objects and the people who craft them. Craft objects have a universal attraction that crosses cultural and geographic borders and transcends time.
Our company also supports the conservation and protection of Africa’s wildlife by importing only certified animal skins and horns from reputable tanneries and hunters. To maintain the delicate natural balance between the animals and their habitat, park and government authorities must undertake a controlled annual culling of the herd. The sales from this culling generate additional income which is used to sustain the conservation program. Outpost Original supplies high grade hide and horn products both in quality and certification.
Outpost Original has worked for over 15 years with the same five groups of artisans from Mozambique for our ebony line. Mpingo is the Kiswahili word for the dark hardwood also known as African black wood or Mozambican ebony and grows prolifically in Mozambique’s forests. Crafted from sustainably sourced Mpingo wood by artisans living in Mozambique’s vast woodlands, our ebony pieces are both useful and beautiful. The unique lids of our stylish lathe-turned vessels are a chance for the carvers to show off their skills. Differences in tone and slight imperfections confirm the authenticity of materials and craftsmanship of every vessel.
Outpost Original supports the conservation and protection of Africa’s wildlife. We import only certified animal horns from reputable hunters for our accessories. The species presented in our line, continue to thrive in the protected wildlife reserves of the African savannah. To maintain the delicate natural balance between the animals and their habitat, park and government authorities must undertake a controlled annual culling of the herd. The sale of horns from this culling generates additional income which is used to sustain the conservation program.
The Ostrich is the largest living bird species and is farmed domestically around the world. Mature females lay between 40 and 70 eggs in a laying season of which only 45 % hatch. For thousands of years, the infertile eggs have been collected for practical and artisanal uses, such as painting, dyeing and carving. We continue this longstanding tradition, creating unique art pieces from eggs dyed and finished in a beautiful range of colors.
Porcupines from South Africa are larger than North American porcupines, their quills shed naturally and regrow afterwards. Their quills are collected by artisans to craft beautiful products such as our pens and olive spoons.
Namji is the people inhabiting an area in The West of the north Cameroon. The Namji tribe is famous for their wooden dolls carved with geometric features and adorned with multi-colored bead necklaces, cowrie shells, coins, metal strips, fiber and leather. The dolls held by young Namji girls to play and to ensure their fertility, are considered among the finest and the most beautiful dolls in Africa. They are carved from solid hardwood. The most popular place to carry ones’ doll is strapped to the back, the way real infants are toted around.
A symbol of prosperity, Cameroon feather headdresses, aka Juju Hats, are believed to possess the positive qualities of birds and the beauty as well as fragility of life. Traditionally worn by the royal dancers during important ceremonies held by the tribal chief they are made of natural or dyed chicken feathers stitched onto a woven raffia support. Our feather headdresses are handmade in the traditional manner and are collected from different families in several villages throughout Cameroon.