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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.

    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.

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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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    Handpainted 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, $69.

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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.

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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.

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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 from Recycled Materials

    Posted on July 2, 2014

    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. Browse a sampling here.

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    Time to Cruise Clock. Artisans transform bicycle chain into creative home décor. Artisans of Noah’s Ark, an artisan group in Moradabad, India, fashion items like this from recycled bicycle chain. The cost of metals has skyrocketed in recent years, which has had a devastating effect on the local economy and on the lives of metal workers in Moradabad. Noah’s Ark has worked hard to train artisans in using alternative metals and materials. Suggested retail price, $29.

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    Dancing Girl Earrings. Playful earrings capture the inventive spirit of KICK Trading, an artisan group in Kisumu, Kenya, on Lake Victoria. Handcrafted from recycled soda cans and wire—a fun fashion statement. Suggested retail price, $12.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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    Encore Baby Giraffe. Keeping Cape Town free of debris, artisans collect soda cans to create this long-limbed baby giraffe. Made of strips cut from recycled soda cans, is created by a group of artisans in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Victor Chiteura. Chiteura is a Zimbabwean asylum seeker who has created this craft enterprise as a means for himself and others to earn a living. They market their creations through African Home. Suggested retail price, $24.

    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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    Recycled Reader.  For anyone “nuts about books” this figurine is a must-have. Crafted from recycled materials, this figurine also makes a great gift for a bookworm friend. Handcrafted in Cambodia. Suggested retail price, $18.

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    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. Handcrafted in Cambodia. Suggested retail price, $18.

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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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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Teachers

    Posted on July 1, 2014

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

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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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    Enjoy Life Photo Holder. Capture a special moment for a special teacher 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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    Hidden Secrets Book Box. For the one who unlocks the secrets of books for your child, this book-shaped wooden box, carved from shesham wood with a beautiful hand-engraved tree on the “cover” opens to reveal a box. Shesham is a hard, dark wood that grows in the foothills of northern India. Noted for its rich reddish-brown color, this fast-growing tree grows as high as 100 feet and eight feet around. The wood is durable, insect-resistant and easily carved. Handcrafted in India. Suggested retail price, $29.

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    Recycled Reader.  For anyone “nuts about books” this figurine is a must-have. Crafted from recycled materials, this figurine also makes a great gift for the teacher who taught your child to love books. Handcrafted in Cambodia. Suggested retail price, $18.

    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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  • 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.

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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.

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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 Animal Lovers

    Posted on June 30, 2014

    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.

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    Outrageous Hippopotamus. Outrageous can be oh-so-fun, like this fat little delightful hippopotamus. Carved dark kisii stone, hand-painted in assorted splashy designs. Kisii soapstone, found only in Kenya, is a soft stone, easy to carve into many forms. Its satiny finish is achieved through multiple stages of sanding, followed by waxing. In some cases, as with this piece, artisans also apply paint. Suggested retail price, $10.

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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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    Mama Elephant Candleholder. Whimsical tea light candleholder is ornately decorated. The terra cotta color wash, called “kosh” is made from catechu and mangosteen extract. Catechu is an astringent water-soluble substance extracted from the Asian acacia tree. It is used in medicine, in dyeing and in betel-leaf. Mangosteen is a tropical edible fruit. In Bangladesh, any sort of botanical extract is known as kosh. Suggested retail price, $20.

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    Encore Baby Giraffe. Keeping Cape Town free of debris, artisans collect soda cans to create this long-limbed baby giraffe. Made of strips cut from recycled soda cans, is created by a group of artisans in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Victor Chiteura. Chiteura is a Zimbabwean asylum seeker who has created this craft enterprise as a means for himself and others to earn a living. They market their creations through African Home. Suggested retail price, $24.

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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.

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    Savannah Safari Coasters. Bring the natural wonders of Kenya into your home with safari coaster set. Hand-drawn detailed savannah animals graze peacefully. Kisii soapstone, found only in Kenya, is a soft stone, easy to carve into many forms. Its satiny finish is achieved through multiple stages of sanding, followed by waxing. In some cases, as with this piece, artisans also apply color. Suggested retail price, $29.

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    Flax Cat Eye Pillow. The soft, patchwork cotton “cat” applies a gentle, soothing weight when placed over the eyes—perfect after yoga, to relieve eye stress or for a late-afternoon nap. The pillow, which is stuffed with flax seed, can be heated in the microwave. The clothing can be removed for washing. Using a microwave with a turntable, heat the pillow for 20 seconds, redistribute seeds and heat again in 20-second intervals until comfortably warm. Handcrafted in Nepal. Suggested retail price, $18.

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    Animalia Luggage Tag. The fun way to recognize your luggage. Pop on an Animalia Luggage Tag and watch for your elephant, giraffe or owl to come round on the luggage carousel. Assorted animals on a leather tag. Great for kids’ luggage too. Suggested retail price, $14.

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    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. Handcrafted in Cambodia. Suggested retail price, $18.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Handpainted 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, $69.

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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.

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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.

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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide: Exclusive Products

    Posted on June 27, 2014

    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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    Growing Season Wall Hanging. Burkina Faso artisans create this unique wall hanging from traditional bogolan, or “mud cloth.” A Ten Thousand Villages exclusive design. Traditional mud cloth is made from coarse cotton thread woven into strips and stitched together. Artisans dip, paint and dye the cloth. A thin mixture of aged mud is placed over the natural dyes. Minerals in the mud help dyes attach permanently to the fabric. After the drying process, artisans remove the mud and reveal the beautiful design. Suggested retail price, $89.

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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.

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    Inspiring Trees Wall Hanging. This stunning silk wall hanging featuring hand-woven Khmer ikat and traditional Angkor Wat tree motifs is an exclusive Ten Thousand Villages design, handcrafted by artisans of the Rajana Association of Cambodia. Following years of war, during which most educated people were killed, Cambodia is in the process of reviving traditional arts such as silk production and weaving. This almost-lost art is now providing valuable income for Cambodian artisans. Suggested retail price, $145.

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    Citrus Girlfriend Ornament. Handcrafted miniature from Sapia. Shirt, shoes and hat are made of orange peel. Legs are made of string and heads are wooden. A Ten Thousand Villages exclusive. Handcrafted by Colombian artisans working with artisan group Sapia, this natural product has colors faded to neutral hues. The orange peels keep their fragrance for at least six months. Suggested retail price, $12.

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    Pot of Wishes. DREAM, HOPE, WISH, DESIRE. These are the words inscribed on this Pot of Wishes, and on the top of its handmade paper box. Inside are 12 rolled blank handmade papers, tied with silver string. Write your wishes and dreams on a piece of paper and place it in the jar. A Ten Thousand Villages exclusive. Handcrafted in Bangladesh. Suggested retail price, $14.

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    Kantha Stitch Sari Bag. Colorful patchwork patterns, attractively pieced with traditional kantha stitching. Kantha Stitch Sari Bags are each unique, handcrafted from recycled sari fabric. A Ten Thousand Villages design exclusive. From Action Bag Handicrafts in Bangladesh, employing women and providing classes on literacy, nutrition and legal rights. Suggested retail price, $39.

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    Smooth Sailing Necklace. For an evening out or a casual lunch. A Ten Thousand Villages exclusive design from the artisans of Tara Projects in India. Suggested retail price, $18.

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    Smooth Sailing Earrings. Companion earrings for Smooth Sailing Necklace (above). A Ten Thousand Villages exclusive design from the artisans of Tara Projects in India. Suggested retail price, $16.

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