B R A S S :  

Brass is a metal alloy consisting of copper and zinc. Known for its durability and workability, brass has been used for centuries in Africa. Because brass is a natural alloy it will gradually patina over time with exposure to oxygen and moisture. Although every YEWO item is coated with an anti-tarnish wax, there are a couple steps you can take to prolong the life and boost the shine of your YEWO piece.  

To keep your YEWO item looking bright we suggest storing it in the cloth bag (provided with every purchase) away from sunlight, moisture, and humidity. Avoid contact with lotions, perfumes, soaps, and remove jewelry before exercising and showering.

N A T U R A L  B R A S S  C L E A N E R  R E C I P E : 

Lemon juice and baking soda into a paste Rub the paste onto the surface with a cloth and wait 3 minutes Rinse thoroughly with water Dry immediately with a soft rag and buff dry

 W O O D : 

Teak Wood (known as Mlombwa in local Tumbuka language) is a tropical hardwood tree species valued for its durability and water resistance. Teak is commonly used to build dug-out canoes in Malawi, which although necessary for the local fishermen, contributes greatly to deforestation in East Africa. Our YEWO wood items are made from sustainably-sourced teak (offcuts & fallen trees around Manchewe Village).

We support reforestation efforts in the local area by donating one tree seedling for every YEWO wood item sold! 


H O W  T O  C A R E  F O R  Y O U R  W O O D  I T E M :

To wash, simply hand wash your YEWO item with a mild soapy water, rinse, then dry immediately. Do not put any wood item in the dishwasher or let soak in water. Every YEWO piece is finished with a coat of food-safe, natural wax sealant. We recommend reapplying this wax sealant every few months (or as needed) to protect your item.

Buy 1 oz natural wax sealant here →