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On Etsy since 2009

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Original Gourd Art by Sala Faruq: Combining ancient tradition with contemporary style

I opened my Etsy shop at the suggestion of a fellow artist. She had seen my work and thought Etsy would be a good fit for my handcrafted fine gourd art.

I visited and liked that it catered to people looking for unique handmade items.

The hallmarks of my shop are fresh and innovative designs, exceptional craftsmanship, and excellent customer service.


I was always artistic as a child. I could draw realistic renditions of the human form in elementary school. I won a cash award in my high school art competition for a figurative piece I drew and studied art in college. After graduating from college, there were long periods of time when I did not create art. These periods coincided with my struggle to find the meaning or value in art, specifically my art.

The drive to create art was always inside me and I tried a number of different art forms such as drawing, painting, screen printing and etching. None of those forms resonated with me until I took a gourd crafting workshop in the late 1980s. I was immediately hooked and knew that I had found my true medium. I fell in love with gourds. As I learned about gourds, I discovered that gourd crafting is a traditional art form practiced by many peoples in Africa, Asia and the Americas. It was and remains exciting to know that I’m carrying this tradition forward.

In 2003 I fully understood and accepted the gift I had been given – that my art had value for it had the power to transform peoples’ lives for the better. I re-affirmed my love of gourd crafting and have been producing gourd creations ever since. I have taken the essence of the medium and created beautiful and unique works of art.

My creations are eco-friendly. This is important to me because I worked as a screen printer for many years and used hazardous chemicals in the production process. In the production of my own art I opted not to use hazardous chemicals and use water-based paints and sealant and organically grown gourds exclusively.

Each time I go to work with gourds, they speak to me, telling me what they want to become – sculpture, jewelry, wearable art pieces. I hope that they speak to you, too.

Shop members

  • Sala Faruq

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Award-winning gourd artist and graphic designer, Sala loves African/African-American history, visual merchandising and interior design. She is also owner, product designer and maker for Afro-Originals.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Thank you for your interest in my handcrafted gourd creations. Following are my shop policies. They are intented to help make your shopping experience with a positive one.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
My Guarantee
I stand behind my handcrafted creations and the customer care I provide. If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, please do not hesitate to let me know. I will be happy to exchange the item or refund the purchase price.

Exchange & Return
As mentioned in My Guarantee above, if for any reason my handcrafted creations do not meet your expectations, I am happy to make an exchange or refund. Please return the merchandise within 30 days of receipt for an exchange or refund (excluding delivery and handling charges). The item must be in resalable condition.

Follow the steps below to exchange and return an item. If the merchandise price for the replacement item exceeds the amount you paid, please include payment for the additional amount. There are no additional charges for delivery and handling if you're exchanging an item.

If the replacement item is available, I will ship it to you. You will be charged for the second shipment, but you will receive credit for the original item including delivery and handling once the return has been processed. Please note that delivery and handling charges are not refunded when you return an item unless I am at fault.

Depending on the method you use to return the item, it may take approximately 7-14 days for me to receive your return. Your refund will be sent to you via first-class mail once I receive the return.

Steps to Exchange or Return
To exchange or return, please follow these steps:

1. Contact me via a Conversation (Convo) to begin the return/exchange process.

2. On the Exchange/Return Form (back of Sales Slip), list the item being returned and the reason for the return. Indicate if you would like to exchange the item or if you prefer a refund.

3. Repack the item in the original packaging, if possible. Include the Sales Slip with the Exchange/Return Form completed. Use the return label that is included in your package. Please return your purchase with an insured courier (e.g., U.S Postal Service or FedEx) and retain your receipt. I am not responsible for item(s) damaged or lost in transit.

4. If you are returning a purchase because it is damaged or you did not receive the product you ordered, I will provide a prepaid U.S. Postal Service return label.

Damages & Shipping Errors
Convo me immediately if your order arrives damaged or if there is a packing error. Please provide me with your name, address, and a description of what happened. See the steps for Exchange & Return listed above.
Payment Methods
I accept payment by check, money order and PayPal. I do not accept cash or CODs.

Sales Tax
Required sales tax will be applied to orders shipped to addresses in North Carolina. Sales tax is based on final purchase amount plus shipping and handling charges.

International Orders
At this time, I only accept orders from international customers who are shipping to addresses in the United States (U.S.). I am unable to ship to international, APO or FPO addresses.

Sale Prices
Sale prices are for specified timeframes and on selected merchandise. Therefore, sale prices are not applicable to prior purchases.
Shipping Methods
I offer the following shipping options: 1) U.S. Priority mail and 2) FedEx.

Order & Shipping Confirmations
I will Convo you to confirmation I have received your order and when I ship your order.

International Orders
At this time, I only accept orders from international customers who are shipping to addresses in the United States (U.S.). I am unable to ship to international, APO or FPO addresses.

Standard Delivery
I will ship your order within 2-3 business days of receipt of a money order payment. Your order will be shipped via U.S. Priority Mail unless you requested otherwise. Your order should arrive within 2- 3 business days. Orders paid by check, will be shipped only after the check clears (approximately 5-7 business days). Once the check clears, I will ship your order via U.S. Priority Mail unless you requested otherwise.
Additional policies and FAQs
Errors Disclaimer
I make every effort to provide complete and accurate information on my site. On occasion, typos, inaccuracies or omissions may occur. I reserve the right to correct any errors and change or update that information at any time without prior notice.

Sale Prices
Sale prices are for specified timeframes and on selected merchandise. Therefore, sale prices are not applicable to prior purchases.

Free Shipping on Purchase of $150.00
When you purchase any figurative piece or vessel with the price of $150.00 or more, I offer free shipping to a single address. Your order will be shipped insured via FedEx 2-day delivery.

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding any of my policies, please feel free to Convo me.