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  • Ten Thousand Villages Introduces Serendipity

    Posted on September 22, 2014

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    Ten Thousand Villages newest jewelry and accessories collection, Serendipity, shines where unexpected materials meet and colors combine. Follow a road striped and straight, or take a turn on paisley’s swirling fortunes. Wrapped in pattern and wrought by hand, this collection is destined with design.

    Featured products in the Serendipity Collection include:

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    Jacquard Caravan Scarf. Blue, green, gold, and maroon combine in this stretchy jacquard scarf from CRC in Kolkata, India. CRC (or Craft Resource Center) is committed to using only environmentally friendly methods and materials while developing self-sufficiency for a vulnerable segment of society through traditional handcrafting skills. Suggested retail price, $39.

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    Beaded Bohemian Earrings.  Blue and emerald glass beads bring cool shades against warmer antiqued gold dangles. Glistening in the classic bohemian style, these earrings are handmade by the artisans of Tara Projects in New Delhi, India. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Stardust Ring. Vibrant colors sparkle like stardust captured inside glass. And because they’re handmade, you can rest assured that each is as unique as a star. Suggested retail price, $8.

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    Malachite Necklace and Earrings. At the workshop of Ram Chandra Sunnar, skilled jewelry-makers create this fine malachite and silver sterling necklace and coordinating earrings. Sunnar’s earnings have increased since he began working with the Manushi fair trade artisan group in 2009, and he is now able to send his five children to boarding school, as well as supply his workshop with needed tools. Suggested retail price, Malachite Necklace, $150. Suggested retail price, Malachite Earrings, $59.

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    Discs and Drops Necklace. Shiny discs and droplets are artfully assembled into this statement piece accessory. Bombolulu Workshops in Kenya provides an opportunity for steady employment to disabled artisans. Suggested retail price, $59.

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    Windfall Necklace and Ocean Journey Earrings. The classic combination of turquoise and silver is brought to you by the artisans of Allpa. Windfall Necklace combines the casual look of a large-link silver chain with a polished dangling teardrop of turquoise, creating a unique necklace that can be dressed up or down. The matching Ocean Journey Earrings feature a classic French wire dangle design that ensures that they will never fall out of fashion. Translated from the Quechua dialect to mean “earth,” Allpa provides small-scale artisans with technical training, as well as assistance in design and product development. Windfall Necklace suggested retail price, $150. Ocean Journey Earrings suggested retail price, $59.

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    Gourd Graces Necklace and Earrings. Three precious teardops of hand-etched gourd hang gracefully from a sterling silver chain. The matching teardrop earrings feature hand-etched gourd framed in sterling silver and hung from French wires. An ensemble like no other, the authenticity of the artisan’s hand can be felt in the warm red hues of each gourd piece. Natural gourd shell is preserved and etched by hand to create these earrings from Manos Amigas. Gourd Graces Necklace suggested retail price, $89. Gourd Graces Earrings suggested retail price, $59.

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    Encircled Necklace. A circle within a circle creates a delicate ripple effect in sterling silver. Beautifully handcrafted by the artisans of Allpa. Translated from the Quechua dialect to mean “earth,” Allpa provides small-scale artisans with technical training, as well as assistance in design and product development. Suggested retail price, $125.

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    Lush Leaves Necklace and Earrings. Thin slivers of tagua are dyed in deep shades of lush forest leaves. 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. Lush Leaves Necklace suggested retail price, $34. Lush Leaves Earrings suggested retail price, $18.

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    Ancient Wisdom Bracelet. Ancient ancestors have used bone in their decorative jewelry pieces for hundreds of years. We hope that by wearing this bracelet of natural bone, you too will be instilled with the wisdom of the ancestors. Suggested retail price, $34.

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    Road Less Traveled Pendant. Made from authentic recycled Latin American road maps, each pendant shows a different little piece of the world. Strung on a delicate silver chain, this necklace is a fun piece that will show off your wanderlust. From the artisans of Union Progresisita Artesanal in Taxco, Mexico. Suggested retail price, $34.

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    Good Deeds and Seeds Necklace. The chirilla seed works well in the production of jewelry as it can be dyed in a wide range of colors. Seeds must be collected at the perfect moment— while they are still attached to the plant, but after they have begun to dry. The dark skin of the seed is removed in a tumbler filled with sandy water (which acts as a natural abrasive). Seeds are then drilled and submerged into boiling dye. After two days of drying time, seeds are finally ready to be made into playful jewelry. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Fairytale Coin Purse. Whimsical as a fairytale, this small coin purse will keep all your small treasures safely at your side. Embroidered finely as a princess’ gown by the women of Sana Hastakala based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Translating to “small handicraft,” Sana Hastakala works to preserve the skills of traditional artisans while improving their social and economic status through fair trade. Suggested retail price, $16.

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  • Stacks Magazine Features Ten Thousand Villages Scarves

    Posted on September 11, 2014

    Stacks Magazine, an online magazine covering entertainment, fashion and sports, featured Ten Thousand Villages scarves in an article entitled, "Ten Thousand Villages' Fall Must Have: The Scarf" on Tuesday, September 9.   

    The article featured scarves handcrafted by artisans in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Indonesia and Laos. To read the article, click here.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    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.

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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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    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.

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