Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fair Trade Jewelry

Because I bought a dress on ebay yesterday, my clothing budget is at zero right now. So I will blog about this beautiful jewelry instead of purchasing it!

Worldcrafts.org describes their mission this way:

WorldCrafts develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world. Our vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth.

Established in 1996, WorldCrafts began with just one artisan group, Thai Country Trim, in Bangkla, Thailand. Today we work with dozens of artisans groups to import and sell hundreds of fine, handcrafted items from more than 30 countries around the globe. And we still work with Thai Country Trim, helping them employ more and more women at risk of abuse and exploitation. That's who we are. Committed. Holistic. Fair trade.

We are committed to the in-country partners and artisan groups with whom we work. By investing in product development, maintaining certain levels of products orders, and encouraging sustainable production practices, we help create viable employment for women and men in poverty. Women no longer need to turn to prostitution for their next meal. Parents can provide education and nutrition to their children. Men can use their artisanal skills to earn a fair and reliable income without leaving their families.

Here are two items that would be great additions to summer and fall wardrobes.

The Ugandan Jewelry Set

Aren't the colors fabulous? And the price is excellent! I don't think you can specify a color when you order. That adds an element of surprise, and of course if you receive green and it's not your color...let me know. Just sayin.'

This bracelet from India would quietly add orange tones to your wardrobe:

Have fun browsing the World Crafts website. It's not just jewelry: there are purses and journals and stationery sets. I ordered a Thai purse a couple years ago; it's beautiful.

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