Lephis Forest Artisans

pic-lephis-forestAlthough this area is best known for its stunning landscapes and endemic wildlife and birds, the craft in Lephis is equally eye-catching. Focusing on natural materials, Lephis artisans create intricately woven baskets, carve with local wood, and create both fragrant and beautiful natural jewelry from eucalyptus seeds. Learn more about visiting Lephis Forest!!

Mishikie Handcraft Association

Sales Outlet: Lephis Ecotourism Cooperative Welcome Tukul or the Artisan Workshop near the Lephis main market.
Location: Lephis, Oromiya, Ethiopia
Contact: Workitu Morke +251 192 710 0646 (Amharic and Afan Oromo only)

The Mishikie Handcraft Association is run by 17 women and 3 men who create baskets, beaded jewelry, and wood and horn carvings. The artisans also experiment with other natural material such as banana leaf and eucalyptus seeds and leaves. Their recent work has focused more on natural materials and innovative design with many beautiful baskets, new products, and a return to natural dyeing.

Traveler's Testimonial

"A wild and beautiful place - only a few days here but really enjoyed it. Stunning scenery and wildlife."

Simone Cole - BBC

"Our visit with you was far & away the high point of the trip."

Erin Chapman - D.A.T.A., USA (experiencing community tourism in Ethiopia on a trip with Brad Pitt)

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