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  • Ten Thousand Villages Launches Holiday Look Book

    Posted on July 15, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages recently launched their 2015 Holiday Look Book. Filled with artisan-crafted products, artisan stories and holiday gift ideas, the book follows the theme "With Love, From Makers around the World."

    To view the Holiday Look Book online, click here.

    Each handcrafted product has a story and represents an artisan and a life changed. Here are some of the products and the stories. To access images, click on the image.

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    Reindeer Floor Statue. Handcrafted in India. Suggested retail price, $125.

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    Opera Curtain Necklace and Earrings. Handcrafted in India. Suggested retail price, necklace, $34. Suggested retail price, earrings, $18.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Hospitality Tray. Handcrafted in Peru. Suggested retail price, $99.

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    Blue and White Glass Ornament. Hand-painted in Nepal. Suggested retail price, $14.

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    Silver Forest Mango Wood Bowl. Hand-carved in India. Suggested retail price, $49.

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    Silver Forest Mango Wood Candleholder. Handcarved in India. Suggested retail price, $49.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Cinnamon Bark Tree Ornament. Handcrafted in Vietnam. Suggested retail price, $10.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Peony Disk Ornament. Hand-painted in Vietnam. Suggested retail price, $10.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Silver and Gold Table Runner. Hand-stitched in India. Suggested retail price, $89.

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    Upcycled Can Camel Ornament. Repurposed in Burkina Faso. Suggested retail price, $10.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Onyx Cheese Board. Hand-carved in Pakistan. Suggested retail price, $49.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Northern and Soft Tinsel Snowflake Garland. Handcrafted from handmade paper in Bangladesh. Suggested retail price, $14 each.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Snowflake Stocking. Handcrafted in Bangladesh. Suggested retail price, $16.

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    Shesham Travel Chess Set. Handcrafted in India. Suggested retail price, $29.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Holiday Plaid Tea Towel. Hand-woven in India. Suggested retail price, $8.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Forest Branch Wall Hooks. Handcrafted in the Philippines. Suggested retail price, $39.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Lucky Suns and Lucky Rains Coffee Mugs. Hand-painted in Vietnam. Suggested retail price, $18 each.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Tuareg Cities Necklace. Handcrafted in Niger. Suggested retail price, $150.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Winter's Lace Cowl and Wrist Warmers. Crocheted by hand in Vietnam. Suggested retail price, $39 each.

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    Filigree Snowflake Ornament. Handmade in Indonesia. Suggested retail price, $18.

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    Midnight Sparkle Bracelet. Handcrafted in Kenya. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Lucky Rains Ornament. Handpainted in Vietnam. Suggested retail price, $6.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages Jolly Bell Ornament. Handmade in Nepal. Suggested retail price, $14.

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    Reverse Painted Mirror. Hand-painted in Peru with traditional techniques. Suggested retail price, $250.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Hospitality Tray. Hand-painted in Peru. Suggested retail price, $99.

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    Only available at Ten Thousand Villages: Fancy Frame Mirrors. Handcrafted in Peru. Suggested retail price, $34 each.

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    Ornate Snowflake Ornament. Handcrafted in the Philippines. Suggested retail price, $10.

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    Golden Lotus Candleholder. Handcrafted in India. Suggested retail price, $16.

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    Golden Mosaic Candleholder. Handcrafted in India. Suggested retail price, $24.

    To receive product samples, additional high-resolution photos or to learn more about Ten Thousand Villages commitment to artisans around the world, contact Michele Loeper at 717-859-8149 or michele.loeper@tenthousandvillages.com.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Mirror Featured in Redbook

    Posted on July 13, 2015

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    The June 2015 issue of Redbook featured Mariner's Port Mirror in a "Home Under $100" feature.

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    Mariner's Port Mirror is handcrafted by artisans working with long-time Ten Thousand Villages partner Asha Handicrafts. Inspired by the portholes of a ship, the mirror is framed with pieces of bone dyed in shades of blue for a natural and unique look.  Suggested retail price, $69.

    To access a high-resolution image of Mariner's Port Mirror, click here.


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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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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.


    This post was posted in Press Releases and was tagged with fair trade, chesapeake home + living, benjamin moore, guilford green, hebron glass, recycled glass, phoenician glass

  • 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 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 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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