Welcome to MisHMasH; the vision of a modern day nomad with a vivid imagination, an ethical purpose and a background in design who stumbled upon a world of fascinating destinations, exotic cultures and talented artisans while living, working and traveling overseas. I created MisHMasH so I could continue to pursue an unconventional life and share my passions with others.
In a way, MisHMasH was born out of conflict conflict when a flawed relationship came to grinding halt and a non-refundable ticket to South Africa with no back-up plan led to a career and life changing experience with elephants. We started with one product, gorgeous little leather elephant keychains by Afrographic, as a way to donate money back to elephant conservation, and blossomed from there.
Our merchandise is comprised of a hand-picked selection of products discovered and gathered while living and traveling in Africa. While there is a strong focus on South Africa, we also work with awesome suppliers in Zambia, Morocco and Madagascar, and as we are always traveling and exploring, expect new discoveries to emerge.
Mutually beneficial relationships are of the upmost importance to us, and as such, we are committed to sourcing unique designs from small artisanal shops and producers. We work with community cooperatives developed to provide a sustainable income source for individuals living in rural communities, whereas others contract with, teach and employ artisans in rural communities and townships who can craft the products from within their own communities and earn a sustainable income.
With Morocco, every effort has been made to work with independent owner operated companies who either do the work themselves or employ a small selection of artisans to work for them. Great strides have been made in Morocco, by organizations such as Unesco, to preserve the cultural heritage of the communities by supporting and encouraging artisans who create and build on traditional crafts that have been produced in Morocco for generations, thus ensuring their craft and traditions live on.
We have also chosen to work with a small selection of drop ship companies, allowing us the opportunity to provide a more varied product range and to display our own photography and art work. These items will be labeled accordingly so as to indicate which items are hand-crafted and which are not.
To facilitate our ongoing support of elephant welfare and conservation, a percentage of the sales from any product featuring an elephant or rhino, or any of the Little Ndaba toys, regardless of what they are, is donated back to elephant conservation initiatives in southern Africa and in some cases, to other causes here at home. For additional information on donations, please refer to the 'giving back' portion of our website, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org