Swazi Candles

 

The beautifully intricate designs of Swazi Candles use the ancient technique known as ""millifiore"". Millefiore, or, ""thousand flowers"", first surfaced in Alexandria, but was perfected in the great glass making cities of Murano and Venice, Italy. Glass beads and other objects created there were of such beauty and finesse that they became much sought-after, valuable artifacts.

The art of millefiore continues at Swazi Candles. But instead of glass, the gifted candle makers of Eswatini use a special hard wax to create their colourful designs. The hard wax veneer hardly melts when the candle is lit, hence the rich, romantic glow of the illuminated exterior as the candle burns deeper into the container lighting up the casing.

Swazi Candles was started in an old cowshed in 1981. In those days The Kingdom of Swaziland was a haven of freedom and refuge, and proved to be an excellent place for setting up a Craft Cottage industry. The mountainous countryside was beautiful, the Swazi people being warm and friendly and receptive to training soon proved to be fine handcraft workers and skilled artisans.

Swazi Candles believe strongly in the principles of Fair Trade and are founding members of SWIFT (Swaziland Fair Trade Association). The workers are part of the decision-making processes and have access to Health Care, Pension Funds, Clothing Allowance, Food Allowance, Transport Allowance, Educational Loans, Funeral Insurance and the SWIFT Training Programmes.