Meridian on the Road: Visiting Our Artisan Partners in Ghana
The artisan process is at the heart of everything that we do. Every item in the Meridian collection supports handmade craft, helps to preserve cultural heritage and expand the artisan’s market reach to the larger world. While we’ve only been around for less than a year, we currently work in 14 countries (and counting!). Each country is unique, presenting different cultures, languages, currencies, time zones, and of course, products.
One country that lives close to our hearts is Ghana. Located in Western Africa, it is located only a few degrees north of the Equator and is therefore warm year-round. The nation is diverse, with a mix of cultures, languages and religions. Artisan craftsmanship in the form of hand-carved wood, metalsmithing, and colorful textiles are the best representatives of work coming from this region.
We work with three separate artisan partners in Ghana: Metal artisans, wood carvers, and bead makers. Our bead making partners, a fair trade women’s cooperative, are located in an isolated community far away from the city. Our partners who work with wood and metal are in Southern Ghana. Their work is overseen by our artisan liaison there.
When we launched our first collection in mid-2017, we commissioned a photographer to shoot our artisan partners in Southern Ghana. The below photographs are a result of this photoshoot. We hope you enjoy getting a glimpse at the incredible work being done in Ghana!