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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.

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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.

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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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    Sari Beach Sarong. Prokritee means “nature” in Bengali, and the artisans of this group embrace nature by using natural or recycled materials. Authentic sari fabric that would otherwise be discarded finds new life in this beach sarong. Conveniently folded inside of a pouch, getting to the beach is a breeze. Handmade in Bangladesh.  Suggested retail price, $34.

    To access a high-resolution image of Sari Beach Sarong, 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.

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    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 Featured on Huffington Post Style

    Posted on April 27, 2015

    Sacred Sari Throw Share in the pleasure of new hope. Recycled saris, patched with love, are repurposed into Sacred Sari Throws by women who have left the red light district. Handmade by artisans of Sacred Mark, a workshop of artisan group Prokritee in Bangladesh. The artisans are women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living by making soap and handicrafts. The name “Sacred Mark” was inspired by Nobel Prize winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Suggested retail price, $79. To access a high-resolution file, click here.2706190_CP2706180_CP

    Amy Goodman's Blog Post "8 Green Goods to Celebrate Earth Day" on Huffington Post Style featured Ten Thousand Villages Sacred Sari Throw and Phoenician Green Carafe and Tumblers.

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    Ten Thousand Villages Sacred Sari Throw invite the opportunity to share in the pleasure of new hope. Recycled saris, patched with love, are repurposed into Sacred Sari Throws by women who have left the red light district. Handmade by artisans of Sacred Mark, a workshop of artisan group Prokritee in Bangladesh. The artisans are women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living by making soap and handicrafts. The name “Sacred Mark” was inspired by Nobel Prize winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Suggested retail price, $79.

    Ten Thousand Villages Phoenician Green Carafe and Tumblers are hand-blown by artisans of Hebron Glass & Ceramic Factory. Recycled bottles are smashed into pieces and melted in high temperature ovens. In Phoenician glass blowing, artisans add substances to the molten glass, with the resulting reaction creating a range of colors. 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. Suggested retail price, carafe, $69. Suggested retail price, tumbler, $29.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Product Featured on WBAL

    Posted on April 27, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages was recently featured on WBAL-TV’s NBC Baltimore “Sunday Morning News.” The segment featured lifestyle expert, Claire McGill who discussed products to make your home more eco-friendly and green, including the Color Rings Oval Bowl from Ten Thousand Villages.

    To view the segment, click here.

    WBAL-TV is the local NBC affiliate for the Baltimore, MD market and broadcasts on channel 11.

    Artisans in Vietnam adapted a traditional basket-making technique to create this bowl, which is made using recycled magazines and posters discarded from a printing company. Artisans working with Mai Handicrafts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, form the paper into flat strips, dip them in a glue mixture and hang them to dry. After this they re-wet the strips and coil them into a bowl form. The strips are held together with the glue, forming a sturdy vessel.


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  • Eco-Friendly Gifts for Earth Day

    Posted on February 13, 2015

    As a fair trade retailer, Ten Thousand Villages commitment to environmental stewardship is evident, especially in the area of product offerings. In honor of Earth Day, here are a few of our eco-friendly customer favorites.

    Amber Glow Bowl. Fair Trade Egypt works towards preserving Egypt’s rich cultural richness and craft heritage by marketing products of small traditional workshops throughout the country. The Amber Glow Bowl is just one of many high-quality handcrafted items from Fair Trade Egypt. Proudly display a holiday centerpiece in this bubbly bowl of warmly toned recycled glass. Due to the handcrafted nature of this product, expect some variation. Suggested retail price, $39.

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    Hoops of Hope. Beautiful beaded hoops are a symbol of hope for world peace. Made from recycled bullet casings from the Eritrea/Ethiopia war. Artisans recycle and silver-plate these beads in rural Gojam province. Beads are hand-strung at a workshop providing jobs to people with HIV/AIDS. Bronze, copper and silver-plated beads. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Recycled Paper Coasters. Unique coasters reuse earth’s resources. Handmade by the Women’s Multipurpose Cooperative in Baguio City, Philippines. An innovative process turns old newspapers into newproducts by wrapping the paper into coils and forming them into spiraled square building blocks. These blocks are joined with thread and/or glue and starched. Product has been tested and should stand up to heat and moisture that comes with average use. Suggested retail price, $18.

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    Washer Bowl. Open metalwork reuses resources to make a beautifully patterned fruit bowl. Artisans of Noah’s Ark clean and powder coat rusted washers that cannot be sold, using them to make this black metal bowl. Suggested retail price, $59.

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    Circuit Board Photo Frame. A circuit board to hold your memories! This creative photo frame is crafted from repurposed, pre-consumer computer parts. Made by artisans of Village Crafts, a group based in Sarai Tarin, India. Village Crafts trains artisans to make items of horn, bone, resin and wood. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Sari Shop Slouchy Bag. Colorful patchwork patterns, innovatively pieced from recycled sari fabric. Each Sari Shop Slouchy Bag is unique. From Action Bag Handicrafts, employing women and providing classes on literacy, nutrition and legal rights. Suggested retail price, $59.

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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. Suggested retail price, $18.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

    Bottle Cap Singer. A playful figure portrays the playing of a happy tune. Made from recycled bottle caps and wire, this figure is a great gift for the musician in your life. Suggested retail price, $16.

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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 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.

    To access a high-resolution image, click here.

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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.

    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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  • Fairly Traded, Eco-Friendly Products Celebrate Earth Day Year Round

    Posted on March 5, 2014

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    Ten Thousand Villages offers eco-friendly products, inspiring an earth-friendly lifestyle on Earth Day and throughout the year. The following products offer a sampling of the creative ways artisans re-use and re-purpose recycled materials for Ten Thousand Villages products.

    Hoops of Hope

    Hoops of Hope: Artisans in Ethiopia’s rural Gojam province recycle and silver-plate beads made from recycled bullet casings from the Eritrea/Ethiopia war. Beads are hand-strung at a workshop providing jobs and hope to people with HIV/AIDS. Bronze, copper and silver-plated beads. Suggested retail price, $24.

    Tough Tire Planters

    Tough Tire Planter: Tough recycled tires make a sturdy, useful planter for out-of-doors. Plant directly in the planter, or insert plants in separate pots. Not designed to be watertight. Measures 13 inches long by 6 inches wide by 4 inches high. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Cut Metal Tree of Life: Earth-friendly Tree of Life—Haitian artisans recycle 55-gallon metal drums into this lustrous black wall hanging. Detailed hammered cutwork celebrates the natural world. Measures 17 inches square. Suggested retail price, $69.

    Recycled Reader

    Recycled Reader: For anyone “nuts about books” this figurine is a must-have. Artisans in Cambodia use creative ingenuity to hand-craft this charming bookworm using recycled nuts and spark plugs. Suggested retail price, $20.

     

    Eat Drink Live Tiffin

    Eat, Drink, Live Tiffin: Traditional Indian tiffin box, or lunch box features everyday advice —“Eat,” “Drink,” ”Live”. In India, tiffin boxes are used to carry meals to school or work. This stainless steel tiffin box is a safe, ecological alternative to plastic containers or brown bags. Three stainless steel compartments with a lid; handle on top; double clasp closure. Features English writing on one side, Hindi on the other.  Suggested retail price, $24.

    In addition to this eco-friendly Earth Day collection of products, Ten Thousand Villages offers jewelry, scarves and home decor items from more than 130 artisan groups in 35 countries via a network of more than 390 retail outlets throughout the United States.

    For more than 65 years, Ten Thousand Villages has established fair, long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income.

    For more information about Ten Thousand Villages eco-friendly gifts visit www.tenthousandvillages.com.


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