Mountains encircle the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland, including one that resembles a basking crocodile. Atop the mountain is an ancient iron ore mine, and at the foot of the mountain is the village of Ngwenya, the Siswati word for "crocodile." It is here that Swazi artisans breathe life into recycled glass to create these charming interpretations of animals found in southern African grasslands.
All of the items made by this group are 100% recycled glass, mostly soft drink bottles collected from all over the country. Ngwenya Glass partners with local school groups to teach them about conservation and reuse. The children help volunteer for roadside clean-up campaigns, and any glass they turn up gets reused by the artisans. In exchange, Ngwenya Glass contributes to school building materials and also sponsors the soccer team.
Each handcrafted zebra and giraffe has its own unique personality; please accept some variation.
Glass is solid and sturdy. Coloring is magnificent. It stands proudly on my computer desk. Nice conversation piece. Missing tail is my only complaint.
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From National Geographic:Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this handblown glass giraffe. We are delighted to hear that you are enjoying it. Because this is a handcrafted piece, each Ngwenya glass animal is unique. And while we cannot guarantee that an exchanged item would be more to your liking in case you prefer to return the one you have, that might be an option to consider. Please contact our customer service department at NGCatalog@ngs.org if you decide to return your purchase.
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