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  • Ten Thousand Villages Introduces Tangled Vines

    Posted on May 29, 2015

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    Filled with the bright colors of a floral jungle, Ten Thousand Villages Tangled Vine Home Decor collection includes quilted picnic blankets and pillows, whimsical beaded butterflies, papier mache birds and exquisite Lombok vases.

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    Blockprint Jungle Throw and coordinating Rajasthan Tiger Pillow. Indira Bhawani Shankar is one of the artisans behind the creation of this gorgeous blockprint blanket and coordinating tiger pillow. She is proud of her accomplishments in learning the skill of quilting, and is proud that the workshop keeps waning traditions alive, while breathing new life into the work of rural artisans. Suggested retail price Blockprint Jungle Throw, $195. Suggested retail price, Rajasthan Tiger Pillow, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image of Blockprint Jungle Throw, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of Rajasthan Tiger Pillow, click here.

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    Onam Festival Garland. Ashirwad works to bring gender equality to Kolkata. One of the artisans who makes this garland is Bharati Mitra. She says, “I owe my gratitude to Fair Trade which has helped me breathe without the fear of oppression, exploitation and apprehension. I wish all women in distress to keep their heads high and keep on with the battle of survival.” Suggested retail price, $16.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Lombok Artifact Vase and Strong and Silent Vase. At Lombok Pottery Center, pottery is part of everyday life. The artisans behind these dramatic pieces of art use only simple tools, local clay and the same techniques that have been used in their region for centuries. The precision we see in this vase is the product of many years of practice, and the end result embodies the artisan’s pride in their work. Suggested retail price, Lombok Artifact Vase, $79. Suggested retail price, Strong and Silent Vase, $145.

    To access a high-resolution image of Lombok Artifact Vase, click here.

    To access a hight-resolution image of Strong and Silent Vase, click here.

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    Nomad's Treasure Baskets. These round baskets are woven from kaisa grass and lovingly accented with colorful jute trim. Complete with lids, these baskets will bring an global twist to your décor. The small basket is appropriate for holding small trinkets while the large basket is big enough to hold small blankets or children's toys.

    Suggested retail price Nomad's Treasure Basket Small, $14. Suggested retail price, Nomad's Treasure Basket Medium, $39. Suggested retail price, Nomad's Treasure Basket Large, $49.

    To access a high-resolution image of Nomad's Treasure Basket Small, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of Nomad's Treasure Basket Medium, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of Nomad's Treasure Basket Large, click here.

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    Seed Pod Bird Statues. The Knysna Lourie, Hoopoe and Pygmy Kingfisher birds native to Africa. Artisans of Mujibha Exports in Zimbabwe treasure their homeland and celebrate it by creating works of art in the likeness of their native birds or beasts. Crafted from natural seed pods and painted by hand, these whimsical little creatures are a great gift for anyone who loves animals, travel, culture or color. Suggested retail price, $12 each.

    To access a high-resolution image of Knysna Lourie Seed Pod Bird Statue, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of Hoopoe Seed Pod Bird Statue, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of Pygmy Kingfisher Bird Statue, click here.

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    Fiesta Salsa and Tapas Serving Baskets.  With bright colors ideal for outdoor parties, the Fiesta Salsa Serving Basket and coordinating Tapas Serving Basket offer individual sections perfect for separating varieties of fruits, appetizers or chips with homemade salsa. Handwoven baskets are fitted to hold the  individual dishes. Suggested retail price, Fiesta Salsa Serving Basket, $59. Suggested retail price, Fiesta Tapas Serving Basket, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image of Fiesta Salsa Serving Basket, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of Fiesta Tapas Serving Basket, click here.

    Explore Tangled Vines products now available in-store and onlineEach product represents an artisan and tells a story of brighter days and hope reborn.

    To hear the stories or request product photography contact Michele Loeper at michele.loeper@tenthousandvillages.com or 717-859-8149.

     


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Unveils Summer 2015 Accessories Collection: Under the Sun

    Posted on May 21, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages summer jewelry and accessories collection Under the Sun celebrates the carefree colors of the summer.  With bold colors, trend-forward designs and innovative recycled and natural materials, Under the Sun is designed to help you create your own summer style. Under the Sun includes:

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    Dreamcatching Necklace. Colorful thread is spun on a series of hoops and accented with bright glass beads. The artfulness of the creator’s hand shines through each circle, granting the dreams of the wearer and artisan alike. Handcrafted in India. Suggested retail price, $29.

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

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    Inspiration Bracelets. These thin leather bands can be wrapped around your write twice and include inspirational messages to keep you energized! Handcrafted in Colombia. Suggested retail price, $12 each.

    Red: Be the Change you Wish to See in the World

    Deep Blue: The Earth Says Much to Those Who Listen

    Bright Blue: A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Red Inspiration Bracelet, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Deep Blue Inspiration Bracelet, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Bright Blue Inspiration Bracelet, click here.

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    Splatter Square Necklace and Bracelet. Black, white and grey are colors that will never go out of style. White squares with a splattered pattern are an artsy take on accessorizing. Made from recycled plastic bags by artisans in India. Suggested retail price, necklace, $18; bracelet, $16.

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

    To access a high-resolution image of Splatter Square Bracelet, click here.

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    Flower Daze Scarf. Feel bright and light with this floral chiffon scarf from Asha Handicrafts, an organization helping to create opportunities for people in and around Mumbai. Suggested retail price, $24.

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

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    Under the Sun Necklace. Go over the top with every color under the sun in this brightly beaded necklace from Asha handicrafts. A multi-strand of metal chains and glass beads, the statement made with this necklace is that more is more, more is better, it’s all good and anything goes! Suggested retail price, $34.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Vines of Time Necklace. Pieces of coconut shell are dyed in shades of red and strung onto several cords to create this multi-strand necklace. Craft Link creates income opportunities for people in impoverished areas in and around Hanoi, Vietnam. Suggested retail price, $34.

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

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    Suede Fringe Earrings. A retro-inspired design made modern, these earrings made from suede are long enough to make a statement but subtle enough to match almost any look. From the artisans of Manos Amigas in Peru. Suggested retail price, $18 per pair.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Green Suede Fringe Earrings, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Blue Suede Fringe Earrings, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Brown Suede Fringe Earrings, click here.

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    War and Peace Earrings. These are no ordinary earrings. Decades of war have left Cambodia’s farmlands littered with brass casings from bombs, bullets and landmines. The metal that remains as a reminder of conflict is collected to be transformed into a symbol of resilience and healing. Artisans fashion these brass casings into jewelry pieces that carry messages of hope. Each of these earrings is inscribed with the Khmer word for “peace.” Suggested retail price, $34.

    For more information or to request product photos, contact Michele Loeper at michele.loeper@tenthousandvillages.com or 717-859-8149.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Mother's Day Lookbook Launched

    Posted on April 9, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages launched a Mother's Day Lookbook on April 7. Entitled "Handcrafted with Love," the lookbook offers Mother's Day gift ideas for every Mom as well as stories of mothers around the globe. Stunning photography coupled with stories of hope from mothers in Laos, Vietnam and India inspire gift giving with a purpose.

    Browse the lookbook here.

    For high-resolution images of products featured in the lookbook, please contact Michele Loeper, Marketing Manager: Retail & Brand Strategy at Michele.Loeper@tenthousandvillages.com or 717-859-8149.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages to Introduce Tidal Treasures Collection

    Posted on April 2, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages Tidal Treasures Collection will arrive in-store in early May.  Gifts of the sea - shells, barnacles, textures of sand and the colors of water - are used and reflected in the functionally beautiful home decor in the collection.

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    Gentle Rain Windchime. The process of transforming the natural capiz 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 based in the Philippines. Suggested retail price, $29.

    To access a high-resolution image of Gentle Rain Windchime, click here.

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    Sea Glass Ombre Candles. Candelas La Luciernaga, meaning "Firefly Candles," is an artisan group based in Tegucigalpa, Guatemala. These tri-colored candles, with a jasmine scent, are colored in shades of ocean to embrace today's nautical trends. Suggested retail price, large candle, $24; small candle, $18.

    To access a high-resolution image of the large Sea Glass Ombre Candle, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the small Sea Glass Ombre Candle, click here.

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    River Cloth Wall Hanging. "May your heart find joy, and your soul its dreams," are the inspiring words on this wall hanging from the Mai Handicrafts artisan group in Vietnam. Suggested retail price, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Marble Serving Trays. Master stoneworkers of Dominion Traders, Pakistan, create this serving tray from genuine marble. A luxurious slice of the earth that can be used to present cheeses or hors d’oeuvres at a party. Suggested retail price, 10-inch tray, $29; 12-inch tray, $39.

    To access a high-resolution image of the small Marble Serving Tray, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the medium Marble Serving Tray, click here.

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    Tall Tales Bookends. Onyx stone is heavy enough to support all of your books, while the natural patterns and colors of onyx create a sophisticated statement.  The artisans of Dominion Traders in Pakistan expertly carve and polish the stone to enhance its beauty. Color and pattern of natural materials will vary slightly. Suggested retail price, $99.

    To access a high-resolution image of Tall Tales Bookends, click here.

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    Undersea Enchantment Bowls. Capiz comes from the shell of the windowpane oyster.  This interesting name comes from the days before glass was readily available in the Philippines, when shells were used in windows.  Soaked, dyed and dried, the process of transforming the natural shell into a work of art such as this bowl requires expert skill.  From the artisans of SAFFY, inc. which stands for: Social Action for Filipino Youth. Suggested retail price, $16 each.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Aqua Undersea Enchantment Bowl, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Yellow Undersea Enchantment Bowl, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Ivory Undersea Enchantment Bowl, click here.

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    Wind-Weathered Shell Statues. Scallop, nautilus and conch shells are carved from wood and whitewashed to create a weathered look. These unique statues will make your home into a beach retreat, no matter where you live. Suggested retail price, $18 each.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Wind-Weathered Scallop Statue, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Wind-Weathered Nautilus Statue, click here.

    To access a high-resolution image of the Wind-Weathered Conch Statue, click here.

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    Mother-of-Pearl Salad Servers. Stainless steel and mother-of-pearl combine to create salad servers with a timeless look. This set of two pieces comes complete in a gift-ready box printed with the words, "Mix and Mingle." From the artisans of Noah's Ark International. Suggested retail price, $49.

    To access a high-resolution image of Mother-of-Pearl Salad Servers, click here.

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    Knowledge Garland. A garland that spells out, "knowledge," from the artisans of Prokritee.  This garland comes gift-ready in a box with a lid that reads, "Share the news. Spread the word."  The ideal decoration for a graduation party or classroom.  Suggested retail price, $16.

    To access a high-resolution image of Knowledge Garland, click here.

    To explore Ten Thousand Villages full Home Decor Collection, click here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Expands Shea Butter Line

    Posted on March 16, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages recently introduced Shea Body Butter as a part of the Looking Glass Collection.  New scents include Peach Cream, Orange Zest and Vanilla Bean.  Each 2.7 oz container will retail for $16.

    The new body butter joins a collection of shea butter cream, soaps and lip balms

    The Shea (“shay-a”) tree grows only in Africa, where African women have celebrated its benefits for generations. Rich in Vitamins A, D, E, F and K, natural shea butter is used for a variety of therapeutic purposes including protecting skin from the sun, nourishing dry and broken hair, caring for sensitive skin during breastfeeding, providing relief from minor skin ailments including burns and maintaining soft lustrous skin.

    Shea trees grow naturally on wild lands and farmlands across West Africa. Producing shea butter is traditionally a woman’s job. It has been called “African woman’s gold” as it provides work for economically marginalized women who often have no other source of income. 

    From June to September, fruit that has fallen from the trees is gathered from the ground.  The extracted seeds are roasted, crushed, and made into a thick paste, which is kneaded by hand, washed and boiled. Eventually, creamy shea butter emerges. 

    Women artisans in Ghana carefully hand-process Ten Thousand Villages’ shea butter cream and soaps using traditional African techniques. This traditional processing allows the shea butter to retain its natural color and all of its beneficial qualities.

    Through fair trade with Ten Thousand Villages artisans receive a fair price for their products, consistent orders and work with dignity. Consistent work and fair prices allow artisans to improve their lives, send their children to school and dream of a brighter future.

    To watch a video showing El Agbe artisans creating shea butter products, click here.


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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.

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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