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  • Eco-Friendly Gifts for Earth Day

    Posted on February 13, 2015

    As a fair trade retailer, Ten Thousand Villages commitment to environmental stewardship is evident, especially in the area of product offerings. In honor of Earth Day, here are a few of our eco-friendly customer favorites.

    Amber Glow Bowl. Fair Trade Egypt works towards preserving Egypt’s rich cultural richness and craft heritage by marketing products of small traditional workshops throughout the country. The Amber Glow Bowl is just one of many high-quality handcrafted items from Fair Trade Egypt. Proudly display a holiday centerpiece in this bubbly bowl of warmly toned recycled glass. Due to the handcrafted nature of this product, expect some variation. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    Hoops of Hope. Beautiful beaded hoops are a symbol of hope for world peace. Made from recycled bullet casings from the Eritrea/Ethiopia war. Artisans recycle and silver-plate these beads in rural Gojam province. Beads are hand-strung at a workshop providing jobs to people with HIV/AIDS. Bronze, copper and silver-plated beads. Suggested retail price, $24.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    Recycled Paper Coasters. Unique coasters reuse earth’s resources. Handmade by the Women’s Multipurpose Cooperative in Baguio City, Philippines. An innovative process turns old newspapers into newproducts by wrapping the paper into coils and forming them into spiraled square building blocks. These blocks are joined with thread and/or glue and starched. Product has been tested and should stand up to heat and moisture that comes with average use. Suggested retail price, $18.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    Washer Bowl. Open metalwork reuses resources to make a beautifully patterned fruit bowl. Artisans of Noah’s Ark clean and powder coat rusted washers that cannot be sold, using them to make this black metal bowl. Suggested retail price, $59.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    Circuit Board Photo Frame. A circuit board to hold your memories! This creative photo frame is crafted from repurposed, pre-consumer computer parts. Made by artisans of Village Crafts, a group based in Sarai Tarin, India. Village Crafts trains artisans to make items of horn, bone, resin and wood. Suggested retail price, $24.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    Sari Shop Slouchy Bag. Colorful patchwork patterns, innovatively pieced from recycled sari fabric. Each Sari Shop Slouchy Bag is unique. From Action Bag Handicrafts, employing women and providing classes on literacy, nutrition and legal rights. Suggested retail price, $59.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    Dancing Frog Statuette. Little froggy finishes his pirouette with utmost grace, and stands in his pose for all to admire. Made from recycled nuts and bolts, this froggy friend has the environment in mind. Suggested retail price, $18.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    Bottle Cap Singer. A playful figure portrays the playing of a happy tune. Made from recycled bottle caps and wire, this figure is a great gift for the musician in your life. Suggested retail price, $16.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    To explore Ten Thousand Villages full line of eco-friendly gifts, click here.

     

     

     

     

     


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Introduces Courtyard Conversations

    Posted on February 12, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages Courtyard Conversations Collection includes home and garden decor with refined style for spring.

    Terrariums, wall-hangings, photo frames, planters and vases all tell the stories of conversations yet to be shared with friends in the warmth of spring.

    Explore the Courtyard Conversations Collection.

    The Courtyard Conversations Collection includes:

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    Secret Garden Terrarium. Dark iron makes up the frame of this glass terrarium. Featuring a bird perched on top, this piece is a lovely environment for your favorite plants. From the artisans of Noah’s Ark International in India. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Hummingbird Wool Wall Art. To make coiled wool tapestries, Peruvian weavers use wool from sheep of the Andes, washed in a local river, carded and dyed. Blending different colors to create specific hues, they roll the wool fibers into long strands. Working on a loom, one artisan weaves each piece. The artisan creates the picture with only a drawing or photo as a guide. Suggested retail price, $89.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Phoenician Green Carafe and Tumbler. Vivid colors swirl across this carafe and tumbler, 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.

    To access a high-resolution image of Phoenician Green Carafe, click here.

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    Summer Branches Bamboo Vase. Producing coiled bamboo items is a multi-stage process. Vietnamese artisans coil narrow bamboo strips around a form, working inward to create the desired product. The product is then soaked in glue and placed in the sun to dry. Next the artisans sand or shave both sides of the piece to remove rough edges. Artisans then apply lacquer, followed by varnish. After this they wash and sand the product resulting in a perfectly smooth finish. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Happy Home Birdhouse. This ceramic birdhouse, handcrafted in Peru, will make a very happy home for your feathered friends. Hand-painted in a warm shade of yellow with designs of flowers and birds, this birdhouse is the perfect finishing touch to any garden. Suggested retail price, $34.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Citrus & Honey Dipping Bowls. These delightful bowls come from PT Mitra Bali Fair Trade artisan group in Indonesia. Smooth on the inside and patterned with a honeycomb texture on the outside for added interest, each bowl feels lovely to hold and makes a clean, yet striking statement for the table. Suggested retail price, $12 each.

    To access a high-resolution image of the cream bowl, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the red bowl, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the gold bowl, click here.

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    Paper Petals Photo Frame (small). Artisans in the town of Salay, Philippines, create this handmade paper frame. The primary material for the paper is cogon grass, a weed that interferes with farming. Many farmers cut and burn the grass. Now many are gathering the grass for paper production, which helps them earn extra income from their land. Fits 4×4 inch photo. Suggested retail price, $20.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Two Herons Sculpture. The Shona have a belief that everything—even stone—contains a “life spirit.”á This modern sculpture of two herons represents the connection that Zimbabwean sculptors have with the land and its creatures. From the skilled artisans at Mujibha Exports. Suggested retail price, $89.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Kissing Birds Dish. A decorative dish to display candles, soaps or tiny treasures. These two lovebirds are handmade by the artisans at Prescraft in Cameroon. Suggested retail price, $16.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

     


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Introduces Safe Harbors

    Posted on January 26, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages introduces the Safe Harbors Collection. From ports of call around the world to the safe harbor of your home, the gifts and accents in Ten Thousand Villages newest home decor collection celebrate the docks and wharves — the spaces where the work is done. Inspired by rope and riggings, wood weathered by winds and waves, storied crafts anchor this seaworthy style.

    Items introduced in the Safe Harbors Collection:

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    Spiral Tide Chowder Bowl (also pictured above)Spiraling shapes in Vietnamese blue and white circle this chowder bowl. Vietnam’s ceramics have been sought after throughout the world since the 15th century. Today potters blend artistic skill with time-honored techniques in the famous pottery village of Bat Trang, just east of Hanoi. Ceramics skills are passed down through the generations. Paint and glaze is applied by hand. When dry, the pottery is fired at very high temperatures, giving it strength and durability. Suggested retail price, $24.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    To learn more about the artisans who craft this bowl, watch this video.

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    Blue Waters Serving Bowl. A serving bowl glazed in deep, rich tones of water. From the artisans of Sana Hastakala, working to provide steady employment opportunities for women of Kathmandu since 1989. Suggested retail price, $69.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Wave Washed Photo Frame. Keep beach memories in a simple frame that won’t detract from the photo, but embraces the feeling of that wonderful day. From the artisans of Mitra Bali, Indonesia. Suggested retail price, $29.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Pelican Belly Wind Chime. Artisans working with Dan Beaded Handicrafts in Ghana craft this charming wind chime. Bead making is an important part of Ghanaian culture. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans to design marketable items that preserve traditional crafting techniques. Suggested retail price, $69.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    To learn more about the artisans who create this wind chime, watch this video.

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    Ocean Blue Vase (Tall and Short). Cobalt blue brings an unmistakable sophistication. Set this vase in a setting of warmer hues to create an eye-catching focal point. Suggested retail price, $39 each.

    To access a high-resolution image of Ocean Blue Tall Vase, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of Ocean Blue Short Vase, click here.

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    Fishermen's Mirror.  Banana bark, abaca fiber and wire come together to form this bacbac style mirror frame. Bacbac is a weaving technique common in the Philippines and creates a rustic texture that enhances the natural beauty of the materials used. Suggested retail price, $79.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    To browse through the Safe Harbors collection, click here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Introduces Valentine's Collection

    Posted on December 19, 2014

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    In early January Ten Thousand Villages Valentine's Collection will be available in stores across the country. The collection includes many jewelry pieces with a range of prices, making great Valentine’s Day gifts for any stage of a relationship.

    Taking on colors of silver, gold, and red, many of these jewelry pieces convey an understated romanticism—perfect for celebrating the holiday, but fitting for everyday wear as well.

    The Valentine's Collection also features a few home accents, offering great Valentine’s Day gift solutions for friends, or decor perfect to set the mood for a romantic evening.

    Products included in Valentine's Collection:

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    Cho Ku Rei Pendant and Earrings (pictured on model above). The Cho Ku Rei is the Reiki symbol for power.  Reiki is a Japanese tradition in a spiritually guided life.  This symbol provides spiritual hope and strength, protecting the wearer from evil. Artisans working with Allpa, based in Lima, Peru, crafted this set of jewelry from fine sterling silver. Allpa’s name comes from a Quechua word meaning, “earth.”

    Suggested retail price, Cho Ku Rei Pendant, $125.

    Suggested retail price, Cho Ku Rei Earrings, $49.

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    Love Bracelet. Display your love on your sleeve with this beautiful silver-plated bracelet from Trinity Jewelry in Kenya.  Jane Wangui, crafts this bracelet at the Trinity Workshop, located on the edge of Kariobangi, one of the poorest sections of Nairobi and home to thousands of Kenyans.  Jane, a 35-year-old single mother, and has worked with Trinity for the past 6 years.  “Thanks for recognizing and promoting our work; we can now tell the value of life,” she says.

    Suggested retail price, $16.

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    Kisii Heart Dish.  Crafted in the colors of the season, the new Kisii Heart Dish is perfect for setting a romantic table on Valentine's Day or any day. John Mogendi, 36-years-old and married with three children, loves carving this delightful heart dish because it allows him to earn an income and provide for his family.  His accomplishments make him smile, and he hopes that this heart-shaped dish will remind people everywhere to love, always. John works with SMOLart, an artisan group based in Kisii, in Western Kenya. This group seeks to improve the lives of artisans through marketing and logistical exporting support.  They also assist in community-based projects to improve health, education, shelter and environmental initiatives—their mission goes beyond providing fair wages.

    Suggested retail price, $12 each.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide

    Posted on July 2, 2014

    Ten Thousand Villages offers quality home decor,  jewelry and gifts handcrafted by skilled artisans around the world. This year we've created a holiday gift guide with high-resolution images, product information and pricing. Here are the Gift Guide categories:

    Gifts that Make a Difference. Every gift from Ten Thousand Villages makes a profound difference in the life of the artisan who crafted it. Some products, however, connect more deeply at the heart level. This is our list of gifts that make a difference in ways words cannot express.

    Unique Gifts for Her. Choosing the perfect gift for your mom, sister or friend can sometimes be challenging because you want to choose a gift that is as special as she is. When you choose a handcrafted gift from Ten Thousand Villages, you'll know you chose a gift that she will treasure and a gift that will make a difference in the lives of artisans around the world.

    Stocking Stuffers. Ten Thousand Villages offers fun and whimsical stocking stuffer solutions at a variety of price points and for a variety of recipients! Each item is handcrafted by fairly paid skilled artisans, making your choice even better.

    Gifts from Recycled Materials. Interested in making a statement about your commitment to the environment with your gift-giving this holiday season? Choose from Ten Thousand Villages collection of gifts made from recycled materials.

    Gifts for Gardeners. Buying a gift for someone with a green thumb? Or a friend who is counting down the days until spring? Check out our collection of handcrafted gifts for the gardener in each of us.

    Gifts Under $50. Shopping on a budget? Browse these budget-friendly gifts for ideas bound to delight your family and friends.

    Gifts for Teachers. Choose a handcrafted gift for a  special teacher this year to show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication to your child.

    Gifts for Animal Lovers. Do you have a friend, family member or co-worker who loves every member of the animal kingdom? If so, browse our collection of whimsical animal-inspired gifts, designed to delight.

    Gifts for the Hostess. Invited to a holiday party? Or staying with friends this holiday season? Thank your host and hostess with one of these fairly traded gifts.

    Exclusive Products. Looking for a gift to impress? Explore our collection of quality, handcrafted gifts that are exclusively available at Ten Thousand Villages. Discover mud cloth wall hangings, unique patchwork bags and more -- only available at Ten Thousand Villages.

     


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts that Make a Difference

    Posted on July 2, 2014

    Every gift from Ten Thousand Villages makes a profound difference in the life of the artisan who crafted it. Some products, however, connect more deeply at the heart level. Here is our list of gifts that make a difference in ways words cannot express.

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    Sari Shop Slouchy Bag.  Artisan women in Saidpur, Bangladesh create this unique bag, innovatively pieced from recycled sari fabric. They earn a fair income but more importantly, they find value and worth in their families and communities. Through their partnership with Action Bag, a Ten Thousand Villages artisan partner, the artisan women can also participate in classes on literacy, nutrition and legal rights. Suggested retail price, $59.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Twin Girl Doll. A purchase of this doll not only provides a gift for a loved one; its “twin” will be given to a child in a family affected by HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, most of whom have no other toys. The dolls are part of a unique project of Batsiranai, a women’s handicraft project that supports mothers with disabled children in Harare, Zimbabwe. Women work in teams to make the dolls, sharing tasks according to their ability.

    The “twin” for your doll is distributed in one of a number of ways. Some dolls are shared through organizations working with needy families affected by HIV in the greater Harare area.  Suggested retail price, $28.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Sari Flower Sun Hat. This cool and airy hat, hand-woven from hemp and decorated with a pop of woven color will have you dreaming of springtime. For the women artisans who craft the colorful flower, their work has them dreaming of new lives and hope for the future. The flower is made by Sacred Mark workshop artisans, women who have escaped from the sex trade and now make a living making soap and handicrafts. Handcrafted in Bangladesh. Suggested retail price, $29.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Guardian Angel Ornament. Women working at the Batsiranai Craft Project, based in a highly-populated township outside of Harare known as Dzivarasekwa, create these sweet angel ornaments. “Batsiranai” translates as “helping each other.” The project supports mothers with severely disabled children living under challenging circumstances. In addition to living with extreme poverty, these families often suffer from stigma related to local beliefs regarding the origins of disabilities. Added to the stigma, many are living with HIV/AIDS (25 percent of Zimbabwe’s population lives with HIV/AIDS). The Batsiranai income generation project allows women to work near their homes, and thus support the needs of their families and to be available to care for their disabled child.  Suggested retail price, $4.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Resurrection Tree Necklace. Rajana artisans symbolically resurrect life from the damage of war. This handcrafted tree is made from one of the many bomb casings still found across Cambodia. War in Cambodia littered the landscape with bomb casings and unexploded bombs. These casings are collected by a demining agency and transformed by artisans with Rajana. “When we make jewelry [like this] then we know our country has peace,” said one young silversmith. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Gift of Reading Sari Bookmark. Lovingly stitched by the artisans of Sacred Mark, this bookmark helps improve the lives of women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living by transforming recycled sari cotton into colorful art. Because this bookmark is made from authentic sari material, you can be assured that each one is unique. Handcrafted in Bangladesh. Suggested retail price, $8.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    City Garden Tote Bag. Practical beauty—a durable, versatile, striped shoulder bag from women artisans of Bethany Colony, a MESH workshop. Artisans employed at Bethany Colony are former leprosy patients or their families. The social stigma of leprosy remains in India today; Bethany Colony allows former leprosy patients to find dignity with their work. Many have no other alternatives and Bethany Colony gives them respect, fair wages and opportunities they didn't dream possible.

    To create the bag, artisans weave strips of cotton fabric on simple floor looms, then sew them together to create the bag. Featuring a decorative flower pin — removable to tie the bag in with an outfit, or to act as an accent of its own. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Gifts for Her

    Posted on July 2, 2014

    Choosing the perfect gift for your mom, sister or friend can sometimes be challenging because you want to choose a gift that is as special as she is. When you choose a handcrafted gift from Ten Thousand Villages, you'll know you chose a gift that she will treasure and a gift that will make a difference in the lives of artisans around the world. Consider one of the items below or browse our entire collection of gifts here.

    Holy Land Sands Candleholder. Complete with sand from the holy land, this candle holder is ready to gleam like a campfire in desert night. Recycled bottles are smashed into pieces and melted in high temperature ovens. In Phoenician glass blowing, artisans add substances to the molten glass, creating a range of colors within each piece. 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. Handcrafted in Palestinian Territories. Suggested retail price, $34.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Enjoy Life Photo Holder. Capture a special moment with a special friend and encourage them to enjoy life, like this fun little swinging figure from the artisans of Sapia in Colombia. Handmade in dried orange peel and cornhusk. Holds one photo for display. Suggested retail price, $16.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Tea Time Mug. Brew the perfect cup of tea in your one-stop mug. Put tea leaves in the filter and pour hot water over them, steep and remove filter with leaves. Includes mug, filter and lid. Handcrafted in Nepal. Suggested retail price, $24.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Hand-Painted Sushi Set. This beautiful sushi set includes six rosewood chopsticks with white and black buffalo horn accents, six matching rosewood chopstick stands and six blue and white ceramic bowls. Blue jacquard silk box has ball and loop closure. Handcrafted in Vietnam. Suggested retail price, $79.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Spring Frog Condiment Set. Playful Balian frogs take a tea break. Two ceramic frogs grace the lids of these condiment dishes, on a lily pad platter. Mischievous visitors from the artisans of Mitra Bali in Indonesia. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Sari Shop Slouchy Bag. A gift for the woman who has it all -- a bag to carry it all! Colorful patchwork patterns, innovatively pieced from recycled sari fabric. Each Sari Shop Slouchy Bag is unique. From Action Bag Handicrafts in Bangladesh, employing women and providing classes on literacy, nutrition and legal rights. Suggested retail price, $59.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Sky Flight Basket. Spirals of blue take flight in shades of blue and natural colored raffia. Sky Flight Basket is handcrafted in Uganda. The interior fiber forming the core of each coil is banana fiber, around which raffia palm is wrapped. With each wrapping, the fiber is threaded through the previous coil to form the basket. Raffia fibers are used in textiles, basket-making, rope-making, garden string, construction and for roofing. Suggested retail price, $29.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Desert Drama Earrings. Tuareg “ax” design is traditionally used on wedding necklaces to symbolize the tools a bride uses to shape hearth and home. This handcrafted jewelry is made from smoked soapstone, polished, etched and decorated with black leather dye. From Tuareg artisans of Niger in Saharan North Africa. The Tuareg are found in Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Chad. Traditionally nomadic herders, some Tuareg now cultivate crops in fertile oases, or work as traders. Suggested retail price, $18.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Resurrection Tree Necklace. Rajana artisans symbolically resurrect life from the damage of war. This handcrafted tree is made from one of the many bomb casings still found across Cambodia. War in Cambodia littered the landscape with bomb casings and unexploded bombs. These casings are collected by a demining agency and transformed by artisans with Rajana. “When we make jewelry [like this] then we know our country has peace,” said one young silversmith. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Forest Tracery Jewelry Set. Rich colors of the forest, in dyed tagua nut disks. Also known as “vegetable ivory” tagua is produced by a palm-like tree in South America. The nuts fall to the ground when mature, thus harvesting does not damage the trees. Tagua nut’s grain is close and very hard, resembling the finest ivory. Cultural tradition and forest preservation combine in the use of this renewable resource. Handcrafted in Colombia. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    City Garden Tote Bag. Practical beauty—a durable, versatile, striped shoulder bag from women artisans of Bethany Colony, a MESH workshop. Artisans employed at Bethany Colony are former leprosy patients or their families. The social stigma of leprosy remains in India today; Bethany Colony allows former leprosy patients to find dignity with their work. Many have no other alternatives and Bethany Colony gives them respect, fair wages and opportunities they didn't dream possible.

    To create the bag, artisans weave strips of cotton fabric on simple floor looms, then sew them together to create the bag. Featuring a decorative flower pin — removable to tie the bag in with an outfit, or to act as an accent of its own. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts from Recycled Materials

    Posted on July 2, 2014

    Interested in making a statement about your commitment to the environment with your gift-giving this holiday season? Choose from Ten Thousand Villages collection of gifts made from recycled materials. Browse a sampling here.

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    Time to Cruise Clock. Artisans transform bicycle chain into creative home décor. Artisans of Noah’s Ark, an artisan group in Moradabad, India, fashion items like this from recycled bicycle chain. The cost of metals has skyrocketed in recent years, which has had a devastating effect on the local economy and on the lives of metal workers in Moradabad. Noah’s Ark has worked hard to train artisans in using alternative metals and materials. Suggested retail price, $29.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Dancing Girl Earrings. Playful earrings capture the inventive spirit of KICK Trading, an artisan group in Kisumu, Kenya, on Lake Victoria. Handcrafted from recycled soda cans and wire—a fun fashion statement. Suggested retail price, $12.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Encore Baby Giraffe. Keeping Cape Town free of debris, artisans collect soda cans to create this long-limbed baby giraffe. Made of strips cut from recycled soda cans, is created by a group of artisans in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Victor Chiteura. Chiteura is a Zimbabwean asylum seeker who has created this craft enterprise as a means for himself and others to earn a living. They market their creations through African Home. Suggested retail price, $24.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

     

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    Resurrection Tree Necklace. Rajana artisans symbolically resurrect life from the damage of war. This handcrafted tree is made from one of the many bomb casings still found across Cambodia. War in Cambodia littered the landscape with bomb casings and unexploded bombs. These casings are collected by a demining agency and transformed by artisans with Rajana. “When we make jewelry [like this] then we know our country has peace,” said one young silversmith. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Recycled Reader.  For anyone “nuts about books” this figurine is a must-have. Crafted from recycled materials, this figurine also makes a great gift for a bookworm friend. Handcrafted in Cambodia. Suggested retail price, $18.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Dancing Frog Statuette. Little froggy finishes his pirouette with utmost grace, and stands in his pose for all to admire. Made from recycled nuts and bolts, this froggy friend has the environment in mind. Handcrafted in Cambodia. Suggested retail price, $18.

    To access a high resolution image, click here.

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    Gift of Reading Sari Bookmark. Lovingly stitched by the artisans of Sacred Mark, this bookmark helps improve the lives of women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living by transforming recycled sari cotton into colorful art. Because this bookmark is made from authentic sari material, you can be assured that each one is unique. Handcrafted in Bangladesh. Suggested retail price, $8.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Gardeners

    Posted on July 1, 2014

    Buying a gift for someone with a green thumb? Or a friend who is counting down the days until spring? Check out our collection of handcrafted gifts for the gardener in each of us.

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    Bluebird Garden Watering Can. A garden of birds to water your garden. Bluebird Garden watering can is decorative to display, useful in action. Handcrafted design is powder coated, then hand-painted. Great for garden or windowsill plants. Handcrafted in India. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Sari Flower Sun Hat. This cool and airy hat, hand-woven from hemp and decorated with a pop of woven color will have you dreaming of springtime. The hat is made by women artisans of Bagdha Enterprises. The flower is made by Sacred Mark workshop artisans, women who have escaped from the sex trade and now make a living making soap and handicrafts. Handcrafted in Bangladesh. Suggested retail price, $29.

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    Spring Showers Rain Gauge.  Spring showers bring garden flowers. This handy, cheerful rain gauge lets you measure the rainfall in your flower garden. From Bangladesh’s Prokritee, providing jobs for low-income rural women. Suggested retail price, $16.

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    Tranquil Waters Fountain. Bubbling waters bring a tranquil presence to patio or garden. Blue ceramic scalloped fountain fits even a modest space. Handcrafted in Vietnam. Suggested retail price, $69.

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    Lovebirds Birdhouse. Delight your favorite gardener or birdwatcher with this handcrafted birdhouse. Lovebirds join atop this hanging terra cotta birdhouse. In earthy brown and blue. Handcrafted in Cameroon. Suggested retail price, $29.

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    Dancing Frog Statuette. Little froggy finishes his pirouette with utmost grace, and stands in his pose for all to admire. Made from recycled nuts and bolts, this froggy friend has the environment in mind. Handcrafted in Cambodia. Suggested retail price, $18.

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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Teachers

    Posted on July 1, 2014

    Choose a handcrafted gift for a  special teacher this year to show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication to your child.

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    Gift of Reading Sari Bookmark. Lovingly stitched by the artisans of Sacred Mark, this bookmark helps improve the lives of women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living by transforming recycled sari cotton into colorful art. Because this bookmark is made from authentic sari material, you can be assured that each one is unique. Handcrafted in Bangladesh. Suggested retail price, $8.

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    Enjoy Life Photo Holder. Capture a special moment for a special teacher and encourage them to enjoy life, like this fun little swinging figure from the artisans of Sapia in Colombia. Handmade in dried orange peel and cornhusk. Holds one photo for display. Suggested retail price, $16.

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    Hidden Secrets Book Box. For the one who unlocks the secrets of books for your child, this book-shaped wooden box, carved from shesham wood with a beautiful hand-engraved tree on the “cover” opens to reveal a box. Shesham is a hard, dark wood that grows in the foothills of northern India. Noted for its rich reddish-brown color, this fast-growing tree grows as high as 100 feet and eight feet around. The wood is durable, insect-resistant and easily carved. Handcrafted in India. Suggested retail price, $29.

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    Recycled Reader.  For anyone “nuts about books” this figurine is a must-have. Crafted from recycled materials, this figurine also makes a great gift for the teacher who taught your child to love books. Handcrafted in Cambodia. Suggested retail price, $18.

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    Guardian Angel Ornament. Women working at the Batsiranai Craft Project, based in a highly-populated township outside of Harare known as Dzivarasekwa, create these sweet angel ornaments. “Batsiranai” translates as “helping each other.” The project supports mothers with severely disabled children living under challenging circumstances. In addition to living with extreme poverty, these families often suffer from stigma related to local beliefs regarding the origins of disabilities. Added to the stigma, many are living with HIV/AIDS (25 percent of Zimbabwe’s population lives with HIV/AIDS). The Batsiranai income generation project allows women to work near their homes, and thus support the needs of their families and to be available to care for their disabled child.  Suggested retail price, $4.

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