Painted Candles: Zulu
Each of these beautiful candles is poured and hand-painted at a small factory in South Africa that was established to provide economic relief to the artisans (90% of whom are women, many of them single mothers) who live in the village of Bredasdorp, about 2 hours outside Cape Town. Colors and patterns are inspired by the Zulu colors of Africa.
- Refined candle wax ensures a long burning time
- Handmade in South Africa
- Fair Trade; Imported by a member of the Fair Trade Federation
Kapula Candles is located in a small community called Bredasdorp in the southernmost region of South Africa. Founded in 1993 to create economic opportunities for women (mostly single mothers) of the community, the company now employs men and women.
Using traditional methods, these hand-crafted candles are hand-poured, hand-painted using no stencils or patterns, and packaged by hand. Only non-toxic pigment and fully refined wax are used for candle production creating a long burn time. The beauty of the candle only gets better as the flame lowers and glows from within. This shows off the delicate artistry and colors of the candle. The many designs and extensive display of colors used on these candles are all influenced by the warmth and deep richness of the African landscape and heritage.
Follow these candle-burning tips to get the most from your candles.
- First burn: no more than 1 hour for every inch in diameter.
- Always trim wick to ¼ inch before burning
- Avoid drafts since it will cause dripping or uneven burning
- Do not burn unattended