Every purchase changes lives.
One person purchases a global craft item.
The next person benefits from that purchase.
A hungry person gets to eat.
The best decor is Selflessness.
Treat your senses with Trust and Generosity.
Embellish with Good Will.
Fair trade offers income-generating opportunities to craftspeople in developing countries by following fair trade practices, including paying in advance at least the market price for items, ensuring that craftspeople receive payment and work in fair working conditions. The fair trade organizations work directly with artisans, craftspeople, and producer groups to achieve these goals and hopefully help improve the lives of people with whom we share this planet.
The core of fair trade is that the artisan is the center of the mission. Decisions are driven by what’s best for the artisan, setting prices and ensuring that the price artisans set enables them to develop a sustainable future, thereby improving their lives. An advance to finance orders is offered and balances paid immediately upon completion, working cooperatively to resolve any production issues and never use buying power in a way that disadvantages producers.
Please note: Quantities are limited.
Velvet Floral Embroidered Bag
Perfect for travel, this flat rectangular bag is lightweight and has a long enough corded strap so that it can be worn across the chest. Machine embroidered floral patterns on the front and black cotton velvet on the back, lined, with zipper closure. Maya Traditions work with more than 100 Maya women in five established groups in rural villages. The backstrap weaving is an ancient traditional art which women can do at home, while caring for their families. Size: 8-3/4″ x 6-1/2″, strap 50″.
Bahi Cloth-Covered Journal
The proceeds from the sales of these 4 x 5.5″ 100% recycled wood-free journals support street children. The cover of each is made from sari scraps. Designs vary slightly. Unlined pages. Gold cord wraps around the journal, keeping it closed. The mission is to create income for artisan communities in rural India, by working directly with the community, reducing the number of levels in the chain, and increasing the sustainable income of the individual.
Dove Design Steel Drum Ornament
This decoration is handmade from scrap steel drums. They are light enough to hang well on a tree and keep Haiti in mind during the holiday period, or hang anywhere anytime during the year. The Diaspora of Haitians has spread the designs and skills of Oil Drum art throughout the Caribbean, but the art is truly Haitian. The dove is 2.5″ tall and 3″ wide.
Zulu Open Nut Bowl
Origin: South Africa
Made of ilala palm by Ilala Weavers, these baskets in natural colors are a great accent to any decor. Ilala Weavers helps over 2,000 Zulu people to attain self-sufficiency by working from their homes and therefore retaining their lifestyle and rich heritage of basket weaving and bead work, which has been passed down through the generations by Zulu crafters. The baskets average 5-6″ diameter and are approximately 2-3″ deep. However, sizes do vary and deeper baskets may be slightly smaller in diameter, while flatter baskets are larger in diameter.
Starburst Glass Earrings
Made by artisans that work with the cooperative Pueblos del Sur in Chile, the mission is to improve lives by providing an infrastructure for marketing and exporting the crafts they make, as well as help artisans improve their business practices and continually develop new products while staying true to their traditions. Artisans are able to make a sustainable living from selling craft items to more than 10 countries around the world. These earrings are 1/2″ square with a startburst design, sterling silver fishhook earwire.
Slap and Snap Butterfly Bracelet
This project is designed to raise the standard of living among the people of Yunnan Province through rural economic development by making authentic embroideries and handicrafts unique to their districts. With this project, women are able to use their skills and creativity to raise their self-esteem and to earn money. This bracelet is 1.5″ wide and 6.5″ long. Black fabric wrapped covers a metal strip that “snaps” around the wrist. Each one is hand-embroidered.
Reclaimed Olive Wood Salt Pot
Carved from olive wood stumps dug up in field preparation, this small bowl with a spoon is hand-carved in Central Kenya by the workers in the field for extra income. The shape of each salt pot is unique. They measure approx 2.5″ to 3″ in diameter.
Dolphin String Spiral Journal
The mission is to raise money to supply the basic necessities of life starting with food packages for families, as food became first unobtainable and then is unaffordable in Zimbabwe. In addition to food and essentials, to provide daycare, scholarships for the children and health advisory services, the crafters make up a self-sustaining collective of proudly expert women capable of running their own organization. This journal features a handmade cover from handmade recycled paper with a dolphin decoration. The internal paper is hand strung with twine. Unlined pages. Each journal is 6-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.