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The remarkable collection of beautifully organic, all-natural pendant lights from Pooky Lights and Collaborative Craft Projects

In a world filled with mass-produced goods, there’s a growing appreciation for artisanal craftsmanship that connects us to the natural world. Pooky Lights has teamed up with Collaborative Craft Projects to bring you a remarkable collection of beautifully organic, all-natural pendant lights that capture the essence of nature in both shape and material.

Pooky X CCP, Wonky Woven Natural Palm Basket, £150 Each, Pendant Kits From £25

Inspiration from Handcrafted Baskets

The heart of this collection lies in the rich tradition of handcrafted baskets. Each pendant takes its inspiration from the beautifully woven baskets crafted by talented women artisans in Zimbabwe who collaborate with Collaborative Craft Projects. These artisans, with their deep knowledge and connection to the craft, have elevated these baskets into striking shade designs that are as breathtaking as they are meaningful.

Pooky AW23 Sargasso Floor Lamp, £220 And 50cm Shade In Denim Tie Dyed Cotton £100 And Franz Wall Light In Brass £64

The Magic of Ilala Palm

The beauty of these pendants lies not only in their design but also in the material used. Ilala palm, a versatile and sustainable resource indigenous to Zimbabwe, is at the heart of each pendant. This palm has been integral to the culture and economy of the region for centuries, and its use in this collection pays homage to its historical significance.

The Artistry of Craftswomen

What truly sets these pendants apart is the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into creating each one. Craftswomen in Zimbabwe, with their generations-old expertise in working with Ilala palm, lovingly handweave every pendant. Their skill and passion shine through in every piece, making each one not just a lighting fixture but a work of art.

Pooky, Solaris Chandelier In Brass And Rattn, £460

A Dance of Light and Shadows

When illuminated, these pendants come to life, casting enchanting patterns of light and shadow throughout the room. They create an ambiance that is nothing short of magical, making them a focal point in any space. But the allure doesn’t dim when the lights are turned off. Each pendant gracefully dangles, serving as a captivating piece of art in its own right.

A Passion for Preservation

Collaborative Craft Projects, led by Jane, is on a mission to preserve the traditional skills and natural heritage of Zimbabwean culture and craft while empowering female artisans. The collaboration between Pooky Lights and CCP is a testament to this commitment.

The Serena basket collection, born from this collaboration, is a fresh and innovative take on pendant lighting. Its simple, versatile design ensures it fits seamlessly into modern and traditional interiors alike.

As Jo, Pooky’s Head of Design, explains, “We chose to use the pared-back, simple shape as we wanted to create something that could fit successfully and look amazing in even the most clean and modern of interiors as perfectly as in more traditional, country aesthetics.” This approach underscores the collection’s versatility and timeless appeal.

Pooky, X CCP, Wonky Woven Natural Basket £150, Serena Natural Woven Baskets, £75 Each, Pendant Kits From £25

A Celebration of Artistry and Tradition

In embracing the Serena basket collection, you bring the beauty of Zimbabwean craftsmanship into your home and become part of a meaningful journey that empowers women artisans and preserves cultural heritage. With each pendant, you illuminate not just a room but also the lives and traditions of a community halfway across the world.

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