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Elysian Magazine Holder

 When was the last time you really slowed down, she wondered? When was the last time you turned off your phone, pried your eyes away from your Instagram feed, closed your laptop and looked around you? What would you see?

She had fallen asleep with her open laptop beside her, her phone on her chest and a half-written bog post suspended in cyberspace that became less and less coherent by the word. It was only after she’d woken up and frantically grabbed her phone to refresh her Facebook newsfeed that she started to ask herself how the girl who’d taken nature walks with her parents and built forts out of sticks had managed to become someone who sits inside chained to her devices all day. So, she turned everything off, made a gigantic cup of coffee and sat on her front porch in the sun.

She looked down at her Elysian Magazine Holder, overflowing with all of the science, travel and business magazines she’d subscribed to but never bothered to read. With the winter sun warming her face, she sat outside reading until late afternoon.


  • 5"W x 10"D x 10"H
  • Banana leaf with cow horn accent pieces
  • Due to handmade quality, natural variations may occur

Artisans train to make our designs on a regular basis to meet the high quality standards we require. Designs can take a woman between 3 - 5 days to create depending on how intricate the weave is. Our team monitors production throughout the process to minimize corrections on a finished product, saving time and money.

Songa's designs are created using carefully selected natural materials that are locally sourced and eco-friendly. We use sisal plant, banana leaf, recycled paper, upcycled fabric and re-purposed cow horn that would otherwise end up in landfills. These materials ensure the highest quality design all while keeping in mind future generations who will inherit our planet.

'Songa' means 'the path forward' in Swahili. Each design the women make furthers them along the path of financial independence. "I thank those who buy my products because I was able to build a good house. I now have 12 pigs too!" - Harriette, paper bead artisan

"Songa is all about showcasing the woman artisan. They create beautiful designs from natural fibers!" Natalie@sustainablychic

We are proud to have been featured in some of the fashion industry's most respected magazines.

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