Handmade to fit IKEA

Wabbani is a décor company with a social mission to connect remote artisans with customers.

Our products are handmade, culturally-authentic add-ons that fit the exact specifications of IKEA furnishings.

We preserve threatened cultures and habitats, support artisan livelihoods, and share revenue with the maker communities that share their arts with us.

The GUYANA Collection

more countries to come!

Diamondback in Natural
Riverclay knob
28" Lampshade Slipcover

Two Problems Worth Solving

IKEA is loved by its customers for modern and affordable home furnishings. But neutral colors and modular designs yield interiors that can feel impersonal and bland.

ARTISANS in remote settings handcraft beautiful objects but lack access to markets.

Our Solution

Customers gain beautiful, personal interiors made to fit their IKEA furnishings, while indigenous, remote and rural producers earn income and reap the benefits of WABBANI’s revenue-sharing model that will be transformative for their families and communities.

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Village to home process

Craft is where environment meets culture, with the potential to preserve both simultaneously. That’s our aim. And here is how we do it.  

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The Place: Rupununi, Guyana

Everything WABBANI makes grows out of the deep connection to the lands and waters that characterizes local life. Each lovely thing is an act of appreciation for the natural world and the human opportunity to fashion something from it. What makes the Rupununi region special in ecological terms is that it lies at the nexus…

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The Products: panels

  The panels are made from a bamboo-like reed that grows very tall and abundant in several species, known locally as “mukru” (moo-kroo). Access to plastic bags, basins and buckets has accelerated the decline of basketry skills within households. It’s rare to meet a skilled                     …

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The People

Yupukari and the surrounding communities of Quatata, Fly Hill, Kaicumbay and Katoka, from which our first group of artisans are drawn, are Macushi (indigenous) villages in the Rupununi region of Guyana, South America. People generally live in houses like the one above, and subsist as fishers, farmers and hunters. Many families have members working outside…

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