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Atelier de Bronze

Atelier de Bronze

Burkina Faso
Atelier de Bronze Bonkoungou et Frère specializes in the traditional technique of lost wax bronze casting. The workshop leader, Issouf Bonkoungou learned the ancient technique from his father and from a retired master artisan by the name of Sissao Hamidou whom Ten Thousand Villages began purchasing from in 1996. Mr. Hamidou was instrumental in the formation of the first artisan enterprise for bronze casting in the area, Antelier de Formation et de Promotion des Artisans in 2013 with aid from MCC Burkina Faso, a relief, development and peace agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ. He continued training artisans in the craft and selling lost wax statues to Ten Thousand Villages until his retirement in 2021 when he passed the secure buying relationship on to Mr. Bonkoungou and Atelier de Bronze Bonkoungou. Ten Thousand Villages is the only advanced payment, bulk order buyer for Mr. Bonkoungou’s family and dozen other craftspeople working with him—fair trade has made a living wage possible in this marginalized area for more than two decades.

Atelier de Bronze

  • Lost Wax Joy Statue

    SKU: 1802010

    Bring a millennia-old crafting technique into your home with the Lost Wax Joy Statue. This statue of a dancer in an arched arabesque, wearing blue ...

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  • Lost Wax Freedom Statue

    SKU: 1802000

    Bring a millennia-old crafting technique into your home with the Lost Wax Freedom Statue. This statue of a dancer in an arabesque, wearing blue col...

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  • Strolling Along Statue

    SKU: 1801030
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    Bring a millennia-old crafting technique into your home with the Strolling Along Statue. This intrepid caregiver and her charges were created by sk...

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    Original price $225.00 - Original price $225.00
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  • Learning Together Statue

    SKU: 1801020

    Artisan made home goods like the Learning Together Statue add culture and craftsmanship to any household. A one-of-a-kind gift for a mother, teache...

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    Original price MSRP $87.50
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  • Storyteller Statue

    SKU: 1801010
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    A gift your favorite bookworm will never forget! The bronze Storyteller Statue is handcrafted using the ancient lost wax method of casting bronze. ...

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    Original price $150.00 - Original price $150.00
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  • Flight of Hope Statue

    SKU: 1801380
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    Statue wmn/bird lost wax 18H TF

    Original price $97.50 - Original price $97.50
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  • Bicycle Built for Two Statue

    SKU: 1800240
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    Statue couple/bike lost wax 10L blk/teal

    Original price $84.38 - Original price $84.38
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  • Reach for the Stars Statue

    SKU: 1801950
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    Women reaching f/star bronze 19H

    Original price $112.50 - Original price $112.50
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  • Lost Wax Family Candleholder

    SKU: 1800160
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    Cndlhldr fam/4 bronze 7H blk/grn

    Original price $125.00 - Original price $125.00
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  • Away We Go Statue

    SKU: 1801000
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    The bronze Away We Go Statue is handcrafted using the ancient lost wax method of casting bronze. Originating in the Middle East, lost wax is one of...

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  • Joie De Vivre Lost Wax Statue

    SKU: 1800560
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    Life is better when it's filled with dancing! This statue is handcrafted using the ancient lost wax method of casting bronze. Originating in the ...

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    Original price $89.99 - Original price $89.99
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  • So Big Batik Growth Chart

    SKU: 1800260
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    They grow up so fast! Make sure youære keeping track with the So Big Batik Growth Chart. The colors and textures of this wall-hanging are ac...

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    Original price $79.99 - Original price $79.99
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  • Arabesque Lost Wax Statue

    SKU: 1800550
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    Celebrate life with the one-of-a-kind Arabesque Lost Wax Statue. This statue is handcrafted using the ancient lost wax method of casting bronze....

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  • Ballerina Lost Wax Statue

    SKU: 1800250
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    Let this graceful dancer pirouette into your home. The bronze Ballerina Lost Wax Statue is handcrafted using the ancient lost wax method of casting...

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  • Heart Thumb Piano

    SKU: 1800180
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    What makes a better gift than the (piano) key to your heart? The music of the Heart Thumb Piano will bring your loved one joy, and knowing that it ...

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    Original price $6.00 - Original price $6.00
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  • Lost Wax Yoga Statue

    SKU: 1800130
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    One beautiful ancient practice reflects another. A dark bronze statute with green patina accents depicts a female in lotus pose with arms outstret...

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    Original price $150.00 - Original price $150.00
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  • Spark Plug Keyboard Player

    SKU: 1800110
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    Innovation and resourcefulness are demonstrated in the creation of this spark plug statue from Burkina Faso, the ideal gift for someone who loves m...

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    Original price $19.50 - Original price $19.50
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  • Recycled Can Chick Ornament

    SKU: 1800170
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    A little birdy told us you wanted something for your tree! The Recycled Can Chick Ornament gives a second life to metal cans and wire and support...

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    Original price $8.99 - Original price $8.99
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  • African Dance Wall Hanging

    SKU: 1800100
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    Two women celebrate the carefree joy of music and movement on this decorative mudcloth wall hanging. Once used to create a hunter's camouflage, the...

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    Original price $34.50 - Original price $34.50
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  • Pedal Metal Bike Ornament

    SKU: 1801800
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    A great gift for the cycling enthusiast and environmentalist- bicycle ornament is handcrafted by artisans in Burkina Faso using recycled metal. Thi...

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    Original price $7.00 - Original price $7.00
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  • Share the Gift Statue

    SKU: 1801070
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    This statuette is handcrafted using the ancient lost wax method of casting bronze. Originating in the Middle East in the ninth century, lost wax is...

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  • Savannah Dancer Wall Hanging

    SKU: 1801690
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    African beauties dance in celebration in this wall hanging from Burkina Faso. The colors and textures of this wall-hanging are achieved through th...

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    Original price $29.50 - Original price $29.50
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  • Grassland Dancer Wall Hanging

    SKU: 1801700
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    African beauties dance in celebration in this wall hanging from Burkina Faso. The colors and textures of this wall-hanging are achieved through th...

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  • Desert Dancer Wall Hanging

    SKU: 1801680
    Handcrafted in Burkina Faso

    African beauties dance in celebration in this wall hanging from Burkina Faso. The colors and textures of this wall-hanging are achieved through th...

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