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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.


    This post was posted in Product Photos and was tagged with shea butter, fair trade, women, ghana, El Agbe, body butter, lip balm, healing, antioxidant, hand-process, fair wage

  • 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.


    This post was posted in Product Photos, Product Releases and was tagged with fair trade, indonesia, Nepal, safe harbors, home decor, vietnam, philippines, ghana, egypt

  • 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.


    This post was posted in Product Photos, Product Releases and was tagged with valentine's day, jewelry, gifts, fair trade, handcrafted, kenya, decor, peru, fine silver

  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on CNN.com

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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

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

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


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on NPR.org

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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

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


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on Time.com

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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    A December 4 article on Time.com, "The 5 Best Boutique Shopping Sites for Finding Holiday Gifts," included Ten Thousand Villages.  Ten Thousand Villages was #3 with the headline "Support Global Artisans." The article said, "TenThousandVillages.com sells handcrafted items from artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. It’s a project of the World Fair Trade Organization, which works to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries, encouraging artisans to craft responsibly with recycled materials or environmentally friendly processes.

    Ten Thousand Villages sells items like handmade scarves from Bolivia, gazelle masks from Burkina Faso and shea butter from Ghana. Shop for gifts by interest, such as gifts for foodies, earth lovers or art lovers."

    Read the article here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Milky Chai Tea Cup Featured on CNTraveler.com

    Posted on November 14, 2014

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    Conde Nast Traveler included Ten Thousand Villages Milky Chai Tea Cup in a holiday gift guide entitled, "12 Great Gifts from Abroad That You Can Buy Online." The slideshow was posted online November 13, 2014 and featured a variety of gifts from around the world.

    Ten Thousand Villages Milky Chai Tea Cup is crafted in the traditional Thimi style from Nepal. The Milky Chai Teapot is a perfect complement to a set of tea cups.

    Suggested retail price, Milky Chai Tea Cup, $18.

    Suggested retail price, Milky Chai Teapot, $59.


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