Bioko artisan collective

The Bioko Artisan Collective was started to facilitate micro-enterprise in rural communities by empowering members to develop sustainable, eco-friendly livelihoods. In partnership with the BBPP, members of the collective produce and sell uniquely hand-crafted pieces using sustainable and recycled materials. Individuals in these communities are empowered to broaden their skill sets and are encouraged to value the opportunities provided by protecting their natural resources. This project promotes sustainable development, economic stability, and the usefulness of available native materials, while contributing to the preservation of wildlife and cultural traditions that are being increasingly lost.

 

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Handcrafted necklaces and bracelets are made using beautiful, vibrantly colored fabrics and tiny volcanic stones found on the black sand beaches of the southern coast of Bioko.

Using a woven technique, BAC members create unique baskets with materials from palm canopies. They are crafted with either fitted lids or cones for various uses. Baskets in the village are used daily for duties such as carting shrimp, crayfish, and small bait fish up the mountain to its summit. The baskets are durable, resilient in water, and flexible for easy carry.

Men from the village have become members of the collective by developing the sales of traditional Bubi carvings. Each carving is hand-crafted from local wood, collected in a sustainable matter. The project started with the development of the carved canoe, but has expanded to include new designs such as decorative oars and traditional tribe bells.

All photos are credited to National Geographic Photographers Tim Laman, Ian Nichols, Joel Sartore, and Christian Ziegler, as well as numerous members of BBPP (staff, students, and volunteers).