Our soy tea light lanterns are handmade in Swaziland using the age-old technique of “milleflore”. The soy wax lantern features a hollow centre which houses an organic tea light candle. When the candle is lit, lantern’s design is illuminated, casting a rich, romantic glow.
“Milleflore,” or “thousands flowers,” is a glasswork technique which can be traced back to Ancient Roman, Phoenician and Alexandrian times. The technique was revived in the 19th century and perfected in great glassmaking cities such as Murano and Venice.
Millifiori beads made in Venice were imported to Africa in the later 1800s where they were sold or traded for gold and ivory. The beads gained popularity, with North and West Africans making their own variations.
Today, the Swazi Candles workshop continues the art of “millefore” using special hard wax to create colourful designs, instead of glass.
Swazi Candles is a member of the World Trade Organisation. They are committed to sharing profits with workers and including workers in decision-making processes. The workshop has created a creative and enjoyable work environment, where all workers are provided with healthcare, food, insurance and travel allowances.
Our soy tea light lanterns are available in four different designs – African Summer, Blue Willow, Congo White and Red Snowflake. Each lantern is handmade and unique.
Buying a soy tea light lantern supports artisans in Swaziland whilst also supporting the women and girls of Ethiopia, who are treated at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.
These beautiful lanterns are ethically made, feel-good products! They are perfect for your home or as a gift for a loved one. The waxed case lantern is designed to last forever, simply change the tea light inside once it’s finished burning.
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