Swazi Candle Giftset – African Animal Print – 2 Candles in Gift Box
2 Handmade Swazi Candles with animal pattern in a decorative gift box. Because you can choose one of the 5 messages engraved in the box this can be a gift for multiple purposes. As a birthday present, a valentine gift, a merry Christmas wish or for condolence.
Diameter is: 9cm / 3.5inch
Height is: 7cm / 3inch
Burn time approx. 40 hours.
The highly decorative Swazi Candles are hand-made in the small African Kingdom of Swaziland using the age-old technique “millefiore”.
Millefiore, or “thousand flowers”, first surfaced in ancient Alexandria, but was perfected in the great glassmaking cities of Murano and Venice. Glass beads and other objects created there were of such beauty and finesse that they became much sought-after and valuable artifacts.
On the African coast, these Venetian trade beads were used as a form of currency to barter for gold and ivory. So popular did they prove that the North and West Africans came to make their own variation. Thus was born the African trade bead, rare and sought-after by collectors to this day.
The art of millefiore continues today in Swazi Candles. But instead of glass, the gifted candle makers of Swaziland use a special hard wax to create their colourful designs. The hard wax veneer forms the outer shell of the candle, which hardly melts when the candle is lit. Hence the rich, romantic glow of the illuminated exterior as the candle burns, and the burn-again quality when refitted with the votive or tea candle.
Swazi Candles was started in an old cowshed of a former Dairy in 1981 by two South African art graduates and a designer. In those days The Kingdom of Swaziland was a haven of freedom and refuge from the old Apartheid Regime across the border. It proved to be an excellent place for setting up a Craft Cottage industry. The mountainous country side was beautiful; The Locals were friendly and receptive to training and soon proved to be fine hand craft workers and skilled artisans. Swazi Candles began to develop a distinctly Swazi ethnic flavour and style.
The little workshop soon gained a reputation for producing unique candles and started attracting visitors from far & wide and was destined to become one of Swaziland’s premier Tourist attractions. By the mid 90′ the humble cowshed workshop had burgeoned into an industry that employed over 200 local people and exported candles all over the world.