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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide

    Posted on July 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     


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

    Posted on July 2, 2014

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

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.


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

    Posted on July 2, 2014

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

    Holy Land Sands Candleholder. Complete with sand from the holy land, this candle holder is ready to gleam like a campfire in desert night. Recycled bottles are smashed into pieces and melted in high temperature ovens. In Phoenician glass blowing, artisans add substances to the molten glass, creating a range of colors within each piece. Working with this process takes an especially skilled hand, and is reserved for the true masters of the art. Each piece has its own unique blend of color and pattern. Handcrafted in Palestinian Territories. Suggested retail price, $34.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $50

    Posted on June 30, 2014

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

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Mindful Yoga Pillow. Breathe deep, sit tall, clear your mind. Handcrafted patchwork pillow is perfect for mindful meditation, or for floor seating with engaging conversation.  Handcrafted in Vietnam. Suggested retail price, $49.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Mosaic Bird Pendant. Spiraling circles of branches and bird shape this delightful inlaid pendant featuring turquoise and lapis chips. Avian charm from the women artisans of Manushi in Nepal. Suggested retail price, $49.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Carved Hippo Eyeglass Holder. Don’t forget your glasses! This whimsical hippo is here to help. Hand-carved hippopotamus holds your specs till you need them next. From Kichaka Poa. Jacaranda wood is a sustainable, fast-growing wood, one of the woods recommended for carvings in Kenya. Kenya is developing a sustainability certification process for jacaranda wood. Suggested retail price, $29.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Fabulous Fish Wall Art. Things are going swimmingly for this little school of fish. An inventive design skillfully hand-shaped from galvanized aluminum wire by the artisans of Chuma Wires workshop, Nairobi, Kenya. Beginning with “galimoto” wire children’s push toys, Chuma Wires has expanded into items like this unique wall art. A Ten Thousand Villages exclusive. Suggested retail price, $49.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Hostess

    Posted on June 27, 2014

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

    Mouse Cheese Knife. Whimsical mouse always finds the cheese. Stainless steel cheese knife is made by metal workers of Noah’s Ark, a fair trade organization in Moradabad, India. The cost of metals has skyrocketed in recent years, which has had a devastating effect on the local economy and on the lives of individual artisans. Noah’s Ark has worked hard to train artisans in using alternative metals and materials, as well as to create appealing designs such as this product. Suggested retail price, $10.

    To access a high-resolution image of this product, click here.

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    Bowl of Berries Colander. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries. Rinse your berries, and serve them too, in this sweet blue and white ceramic colander bowl. Handcrafted in Nepal. Suggested retail price, $29.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Measuring Spoons Set. Too pretty to keep hidden in a drawer, these hand-painted spoons lend your kitchen a measure of grace and your cooking generous flavor. At the Kinh family workshop in the famous pottery village of Bat Trang, Vietnam, ceramics artisans carry on centuries-old tradition. Craftspeople, mostly women, earn a meaningful income, blending their artistic skills, traditional techniques and an array of designs. Painted and glazed by hand. High-fired for strength and durability. Suggested retail price, $14.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Bee Sweet Sugar Savers. Save brown sugar, marshmallows and dried fruit. Soak these decorative terra cotta disks in water, pat dry and place in sealed container with food goods. Handcrafted in Bangladesh. Suggested retail price, $6.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.


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