Little Satans by Muungano and Sandberg&Timmonen

Swedish designers Muungano and Sandberg&Timmonen created these toys in collaboration with the Makonde tribe in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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The figures are developed by Muungano and the Makonde via email, then carved from ebony by the tribe.

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Here's some more information from Muungano:

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Africa puts satan in vinyl toys.

These Shetanis, or 'little Satans' have been individually hand carved from ebony by the Makonde tribe in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, who have been making similar figures for about 1500 years.

In an attempt to both refresh the vinyl toy market and celebrate the ancient figure-carving skills and traditions of the Makonde, designs are created by Muungano and the Makonde together, mostly communicating via email.

The project is the collaborative brainchild of Swedish design collective Muungano, retailer A World Beneath, the design duo Sandberg&Timmonen and the Makonde tribe.

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