Join us as we help Nepal today. This past week I was contacted by Ten Thousand Villages (non-profit retailer and founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization) to share this special Community Shopping Event to help the people of Nepal. The crisis has hit Ten Thousand Villages close to home as it partners with nine artisan groups in Nepal to bring their handicrafts to the U.S. market. And while they have heard from all of their artisan groups and know they are safe, the journey to rebuild has only just begun.
Just for today, Friday, May 29th, 10% of every purchase in the store is being donated to the relief effort in Nepal through the agency of the MCC which has boots on the ground there. You can read all about it here. Shop above and below!!
- Barnacle Bark Lamp - $79
This was the first thing that stuck out to me on the Ten Thousand Villages website, having never seen such a lamp base before. This is totally original, organic and affordable: "Water reeds are cut into small pieces, revealing hollow centers and creating an intriguing texture (like tree bark or ocean barnacles) when applied to this lamp from Prokritee. Complete with a soothing silk paper shade, this lamp is a fun statement for the home."
- Blue Petals Bowl - $16
I love this for the table with fruit or serving side dishes. Hand painted bright white and blue leaves fill the bowl inside and out in a fresh, chic way: "At the Kinh family workshop in the famous pottery village of Bat Trang, Vietnam, ceramics artisans carry on a centuries-old tradition. Craftspeople, mostly women, earn a meaningful income, blending their artistic skills, traditional techniques and an array of designs. Painted and glazed by hand."
- Infinity Knot Floor Mat - $39
Super practical and natural for your front door, this beats the pants off of your typical "Welcome Mat": "Jute is a plant fiber that is often used to make rope or burlap, but can also be dyed and fashioned into a wide variety of products such as this floor mat from CORR – The Jute Works." From Bangladesh.
- Grazing Giraffe Stool - $89
Just LOVE. "Meditative giraffe grazes, forming an amusing and unique Kenyan stool. Handcrafted by the artisans of Kichaka Poa, one of a number of small workshops around Nairobi marketing through OTIC International. Kichaka Poa is a small woodcraft operation in the Nairobi suburbs."
- Rain Stained Pillow - $29
100% cotton and handmade in India, this tie-dyed pillow reminded me of Shibori technique from Japan: "Call it tie-dye or call it rain-stain, this pillowcase from artisan group Ankur Kala is a soothing finishing touch to any room."
- Highlands Goblet - $12
This is from Bolivia. I love recycled green glass with bubbles and it's heavy, thick walls. Each goblet holds a universe: "Crisil Srl. produces glass items using a team-based production system. Each team has eight members: five master craftsmen and three assistants. Each of the five masters are skilled in all the different aspects of production. The assistants are encouraged to learn the craft, so they have the opportunity to attain master status."
- Gentle Rain Windchime - $29
For right outside your door this summer, where you will hear the sound of shells chiming from far away Philippines: "Capiz comes from the shell of the windowpane oyster. This interesting name comes from the days when shells were used in windows, before glass became available in the Philippines. Soaked, dyed and dried, the process of transforming the natural shell into a work of art such as this windchime requires expert skill. From the artisans of SAFFY, Inc. which stands for Social Action for Filipino Youth."
- Mindful Yoga Pillow - $49
This lovely meditation cushion is beautifully made in Vietnam and comes in two colorways: "Breathe deep, sit tall, clear your mind. Handcrafted patchwork pillow is perfect for mindful meditation, or for floor seating with engaging conversation."