How It's Made

Every product in our collection is created by human touch, there is no mass machinery creating these items, they are all slightly different creating one of kind masterpieces.  Liberate products are made in both in our in house workshop in the Dominican Republic and through artisan partnership across the country of Haiti.  Our items are created using recycled and sustainable materials.

 
 
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Clay

Our clay is dug by hand from natural deposits in Haiti’s central plateau. The raw clay is broken into a fine powder and impurities are sifted out.  The powdered clay is mixed with water and then dried on plater to remove excess moisture. Skilled artisans roll clay beads in a variety of sizes and shapes for jewelry. Talented potters use the same clay to create mugs, bowls, and other pieces on a potter’s wheel. Each piece is hand-painted with glaze in a variety of colors & patterns. The finished pieces are fired in our kilns which transforms the raw clay to permanent ceramic, and the raw glazes to brightly-colored glass. Each piece is unique and one of a kind

 
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Recycled Paper Beads

We use almost any kind of paper: magazines, scrapbook paper, cereal boxes, or other kinds of packaging material. These are cut into thin strips then carefully rolled on bamboo skewers, and varnished with a waterproof coating that serves to protect the bead. Our micro paper beads are so small they are actually rolled on needles! After the beads have dried, the artisan will mix the paper beads with seed beads, glass beads, ceramics, and other indigenous beads to make beautiful and unique jewelry.

 
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Oil Drums

Haiti has long been known for the metal art of the artisans’ village at Croix-des-Bouquets. Since the 1950’s Haitians have been flattening 55 gallon oil drums and using these steel canvases to cut, pierce, and bend intricate images and sculptures. The drums are cut down the middle, and manually flattened with time and strength until it is perfectly flat. A design is drawn onto the metal and using a hammer and chisel the design is cut out. The final details are added by hand using hammer, nails, and other durable tools. A rustproof sealant is applied and the finished piece is polished to perfection

 
 

Leather

Each item is handcrafted out of vegetable tanned full grain leather.  The leather is locally sourced at a family owned leather tannery in Haiti.  It is then handcrafted by individuals who have been provided with job training, skills and opportunities. 

 

Wood

Made from wood found in the Aquin, Nippes and Gonave regions of Haiti.  These pieces are treated with up to ten layers of lacquer to enhance the hues of the natural wood.  They can sustain heat and cold and are easily cleaned.  Each piece is handcrafted in Einstein Albert's workshop outside of Port Au Prince, Haiti.