Quazi Design began its journey in 2009 when it became a formal business in order to create much needed employment in Swaziland. They began with the concept of a simple rolled paper bead earring displayed on a card and employing one artisan, Sibongile, who later became their production manager. The business was co-founded by Doron, a designer from the UK and Flotsam, the local magazine distributors. Doron became the driving force behind the enterprise and since 2009 has lived and worked in Swaziland building a sustainable business model with a dynamic balance between economic and social goals, believing that design driven handcraft can be a powerful tool for empowerment and economic independence. The core of the business is pushing the boundaries of craft and sustainable design through innovative techniques and continuous product development. All products are handmade and utilise 100% waste magazines. Quazi Design develops the original paper beads to create their own signature style. Each collection is motivated by a new technique; like creating paper wood from waste magazines by bringing the paper back to its original form. Tables are made from old doors, storage from recycled palettes, and shelves from magazines. In 2013 Quazi Design launched a ‘One Of A Kind’ collection of individual jewellery pieces, using waste magazine paper in a unique method and set up a small brass workshop working with recycled metals. Quazi Design is a member of SWIFT Swaziland fair trade network and worked closely with other local handcraft businesses in its strategic planning.

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