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  • Ten Thousand Villages to Donate 10% of Sales to Nepal Relief

    Posted on May 28, 2015

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    AKRON, PA -- Ten Thousand Villages will donate 10% of in-store and online sales on Friday, May 29 to Mennonite Central Committee's (MCC) disaster relief fund for Nepal.

    Ten Thousand Villages works with nine artisan groups in Nepal. These groups represent hundreds of artisans throughout the country who create a wide variety of products from jewelry to ceramic home decor and pottery.

    Ten Thousand Villages has partnered with artisans in Nepal since 1986.

    For more information about Mennonite Central Committee's relief work in Nepal, click here.

    To learn more about Ten Thousand Villages commitment to artisans in Nepal, contact Michele Loeper at Michele. Loeper@tenthousandvillages.com or 717-859-8149.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on The Real Deal

    Posted on April 27, 2015

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    The Real Deal, RetailMeNot.com's lifestyle blog included Ten Thousand Villages Robin's Egg Necklace in an article entitled, "28 Ways to Wow Mom."

    For more gift ideas to wow Mom, browse Ten Thousand Villages Mother's Day Lookbook here.

    Artisans of Jacaranda Workshop in Nairobi create each of the ceramic beads for the Robin's Egg Necklace by hand. Clay for each bead is measured out, shaped and strung on a wire holder for glazing and firing. Suggested retail price, $49.

     


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on Huffington Post Style

    Posted on April 27, 2015

    Sacred Sari Throw Share in the pleasure of new hope. Recycled saris, patched with love, are repurposed into Sacred Sari Throws by women who have left the red light district. Handmade by artisans of Sacred Mark, a workshop of artisan group Prokritee in Bangladesh. The artisans are women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living by making soap and handicrafts. The name “Sacred Mark” was inspired by Nobel Prize winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Suggested retail price, $79. To access a high-resolution file, click here.2706190_CP2706180_CP

    Amy Goodman's Blog Post "8 Green Goods to Celebrate Earth Day" on Huffington Post Style featured Ten Thousand Villages Sacred Sari Throw and Phoenician Green Carafe and Tumblers.

    To read the full article, click here.

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    Ten Thousand Villages Sacred Sari Throw invite the opportunity to share in the pleasure of new hope. Recycled saris, patched with love, are repurposed into Sacred Sari Throws by women who have left the red light district. Handmade by artisans of Sacred Mark, a workshop of artisan group Prokritee in Bangladesh. The artisans are women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living by making soap and handicrafts. The name “Sacred Mark” was inspired by Nobel Prize winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Suggested retail price, $79.

    Ten Thousand Villages Phoenician Green Carafe and Tumblers are hand-blown by artisans of Hebron Glass & Ceramic Factory. Recycled bottles are smashed into pieces and melted in high temperature ovens. In Phoenician glass blowing, artisans add substances to the molten glass, with the resulting reaction creating a range of colors. Working with this process takes an especially skilled hand, and is reserved for the true masters of the art. Each piece has its own unique blend of color and pattern. Suggested retail price, carafe, $69. Suggested retail price, tumbler, $29.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Product Featured on WBAL

    Posted on April 27, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages was recently featured on WBAL-TV’s NBC Baltimore “Sunday Morning News.” The segment featured lifestyle expert, Claire McGill who discussed products to make your home more eco-friendly and green, including the Color Rings Oval Bowl from Ten Thousand Villages.

    To view the segment, click here.

    WBAL-TV is the local NBC affiliate for the Baltimore, MD market and broadcasts on channel 11.

    Artisans in Vietnam adapted a traditional basket-making technique to create this bowl, which is made using recycled magazines and posters discarded from a printing company. Artisans working with Mai Handicrafts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, form the paper into flat strips, dip them in a glue mixture and hang them to dry. After this they re-wet the strips and coil them into a bowl form. The strips are held together with the glue, forming a sturdy vessel.


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  • Looking Glass Collection includes Fine Jewelry

    Posted on March 17, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages Looking Glass Collection inspires spring with silver's charm. These sterling and fine silver pieces will add sophistication to your spring wardrobe.

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    Topaz Twist Necklace and Bud & Bloom Topaz EarringsA delicate chain of sterling silver is finished with an ornate topaz pendant, clear and blue as ice. Coordinating Bud & Bloom Earrings will catch the light in just the right way to bring that dash of sparkle to her look. Handcrafted by the skilled jewelry artisans of CRC Exports Private Limited in India. Suggested retail price, necklace, $125, earrings, $69.

    To access a high-resolution image of Topaz Twist Necklace, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of Bud & Bloom Topaz Earrings, click here.

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    Moon Song Necklace and Robin's Perch Earrings. A mother-of-pearl disk creates a luminescent quality that mimics the beauty of moonlight. A single bird sits perched on a silver branch,  singing, as the day turns to night. Coordinating Robin's Perch Earrings are beautiful sterling silver. Handcrafted by artisans working with Allpa in Peru. Suggested retail price, necklace, $175, earrings, $29.

    To access a high-resolution image of Moon Song Necklace, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of Robin's Perch Earrings, click here.

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    Freedom Necklace. Celebrate your freedom from winter with this enchanting sterling silver necklace depicting a bird flying free of its cage. Artisans working with Manos Amigas craft this delightful piece. Translating to “Hands Joined in Friendship,” Manos Amigas helps provide marketing and production guidance to small, family workshops located in impoverished areas of Lima and the Andean highlands. Suggested retail price, $99.

    To access a high-resolution image of Freedom Necklace, click here.

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    Royal Beauty Necklace and Earrings. Classic medallions evoke the grandeur of doubloons salvaged from a shipwreck. Feel like a queen in genuine sterling silver discs. The necklace and coordinating earrings are both versatile and timeless. Handcrafted by artisans working with Allpa in Peru. Suggested retail price, necklace, $150, earrings, $69.

    To access a high-resolution image of Royal Beauty Necklace, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of Royal Beauty Earrings, click here.

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    Oyster's Secret Necklace. A sterling silver oyster shell holds a single pearl. This necklace, made by artisans working in Mitra Bali, based in Indonesia, is a delicate celebration of the sea. Suggested retail price, $99.

    To access a high-resolution image of Oyster's Secret Necklace, click here.

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    Sweet Blossom Earrings. Small and sweet, these flowers on French wires are like sparkling drops of sugar. With petals of genuine silver, accented with a blue topaz stone, these earrings are made by the skilled hands of artisans working with Nepal Traditional Crafts. Suggested retail price, $49.

    To access a high-resolution image of Sweet Blossom Earrings, click here.

    Explore Ten Thousand Villages full line of jewelry here.

    Note: Model photographed at Boxwood Inn Bed & Breakfast, Akron, PA.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Unveils Looking Glass Jewelry Collection

    Posted on March 16, 2015

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    Lying in the Ten Thousand Villages Looking Glass Collection, between yesteryear and make-believe, are jewelry and accessories in the stuff that dreams are made of. Candy-coated, sugar-dusted, lustrous little luxuries tempt from behind the lacy frost of glass. Vintage intersects with visions, as once-was and could-have-been cross in hazy shades of spring. Believe the pastel possibilities and hold tight to fairy tales, my dear, for grown-up girls get wishes, too.

    Here are a few of the fashion-forward, affordably-priced delights customers will discover this spring.  

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    Copper Blossom EarringsDelicate blossoms shine with a warmth that only copper can give. Located near Mombasa, Kenya, Bombolulu Workshops provides stable income opportunities to artisans with physical disabilities. Bombolulu chose to focus their workshop mainly on jewelry-making because there is very little equipment required and the crafting process is not physically demanding, opening up employment opportunities for as many artisans as possible. Suggested retail price, $24.

    To access a high-resolution image of Copper Blossom Earrings, click here.

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    Shoreline NecklaceLayering necklaces is a striking trend in today’s fashion. Not only is this necklace a multi-strand statement, but it also looks great layered with shorter, simpler jewelry pieces. From the artisans of Asha Handicrafts in India. Suggested retail price, $34.

    To access a high-resolution image of Shoreline Necklace, click here.

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    Fire Flower Scarf. Colors warm and bright emerge in a pattern inspired by the vibrant designs of a sari. This scrunchy scarf is handcrafted by the artisans of CRC Exports Private Limited in India. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image of Fire Flower Scarf, click here.

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    The Looking Glass Collection also includes a bohemian style, with multi-length pendant necklaces in the trending layered look.

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    Magic Winds NecklaceA feather-shaped pendant made from river shell, this necklace is inspired by nature. From the skilled jewelry artisans of Tara Projects in India. Suggested retail price, $24.

    To access a high-resolution image of Magic Winds Necklace, click here.

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    Dragonfly NecklaceThe whimsical dragonfly is an emerging motif in today’s fashion. Handcrafted by the skilled jewelry artisans of Tara Projects in India. Suggested retail price, $14.

    To access a high-resolution image of Dragonfly Necklace, click here.

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    Songbird NecklaceA songbird charm is a joyful way to embrace springtime, or any season. This dainty necklace holds versatility in its simplicity. Handcrafted by artisans working with Tara Projects in India. Suggested retail price, $14.

    To access a high-resolution image of Songbird Necklace, click here.

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    Balance Earrings. A design that evokes a balanced sensation. From Bombolulu jewelry workshops in Mombasa, Kenya. Suggested retail price, $24.

    To access a high-resolution image of Balance Earrings, click here.

    Other treasures from the Looking Glass Collection include:

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    Posy Dazzle Jewelry SetA fun throwback to the ‘70s, this enamel necklace and earring set embraces flower power. Handcrafted by artisans working with Tara Projects in India. Suggested retail price, $29 for the set.

    To access a high-resolution image of Posy Dazzle Jewelry Set, click here.

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    Garden Day Earrings. Artisans of KICK Trading make eco-friendly jewelry with two layers of recycled metal. The floral layer comes from re-purposed air freshener cans, acting as a scenic background for simple, reflective silver. Handcrafted in Kenya. Suggested retail price, $12.

    To access a high-resolution image of Garden Day Earrings, click here.

     

     


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Deep Currents Vase Featured in Chesapeake Home + Living

    Posted on February 9, 2015

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    Chesapeake Home + Living featured Ten Thousand Villages Deep Currents Vase in a round-up of products that matched Benjamin Moore's paint color of the year, Guilford Green.

    The article said, "Gorgeous green swirls decorate the deep currents vase from Ten Thousand Villages. Each Phoenician glass vase is handmade from recycled bottles in the Palestinian city of Hebron.

    Artisans working at Hebron Glass create Ten Thousand Villages Phoenician glass products using centuries-old techniques. To learn more, click here to watch a video.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages named by Forbes.com as a retail brand to watch in 2015

    Posted on January 6, 2015

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    A December 30 post on Forbes.com listed Ten Thousand Villages as one of several trend-setting retail clothing and accessories brands to watch in 2015.

    The article said, "Ten Thousand Villages is an ethical company that was started in 1946 and was once known as the Overseas Needlepoint and Craft Project. (Check out the Haitian wall art since I'm hoping helping Haiti becomes trendy again in 2015.)  The sexier name is already serving the organization well."

    To read the article in full, click here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on CNN.com

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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    CNN.com posted the article, "The Do-Gooder Holiday Gift Guide," on Wednesday, December 17. The article said, "With all the buying and selling going on, it can be hard to remember the point of the season for many people: Spending time with family, celebrating the religious holidays that inspire the season, and doing some good in the world.

    Thankfully, there are ways to combine your need to get Aunt Martha that perfect gift with making the world a better place. You can donate to these causes in your loved one's name. If you need a "thing" under the tree, many charities have T-shirts and water bottles for sale to raise money."

    The article went on to suggest a number of charities and organizations last-minute shoppers can support. In addition to featuring the Twin Girl Doll, the article said, "Buy international. There are more companies and nonprofits than ever that want to sell you crafts, clothing and chocolate made by people all over the world, and much of the money goes back to the people who made the goods. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans in 38 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East to sell their goods in North America. The nonprofit has several locations around the United States and Canada and an active online presence."


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on NPR.org

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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    On Tuesday, December 2, NPR.org posted the story, "For Giving Tuesday: A Guide to Gifts that Give Back." The article included a number of organizations and companies that offer quality gifts that "give back." Ten Thousand Villages' Enormous Love Elephants Paperweight was featured.

    The article said, "This elephant duo comes from Kisac Fair Trade Limited, a Kenyan group that says it gives half its profits to the artisans it employs. Another 5 percent of profits goes toward community projects that support orphanages, education and clean drinking water. The elephants are sold by Ten Thousand Villages, a retailer that has stocked handmade gifts from artisans around the world since 1946."


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