About Us

Company Overview

Founded by Leah Kessel and Raymond Kessel in 1996, Calabash Gifts has become Madison’s Year Round Art Fair.

Launched to provide Madison with an array of hand-crafted African items, Calabash has always believed in giving exposure to local craftspeople.

Each of the items is hand selected by curator Leah Kessel using fair trade policies and respect for the creativity of the individuals whose work is appreciated by so many people world-wide.


Madison’s Year Round Art Fair.

Come savor our burst of colorful, hand-crafted items from Africa. We have something for every taste and budget.

Calabash Gifts and Home Decor is an interesting and fun place for choosing unusual art,(traditional and cultural) from Southern and East Africa.

This includes decorative and utilitarian pieces for ones own home or as gifts for adults, children. It is an eclectic collection of high quality merchandise from individual artists, local cooperatives and job creation programs all around South Africa and the neighboring countries of: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and East African countries Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.