We create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
Our Name and Logo
Our name — Ten Thousand Villages — was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s quote. Because in every village are people who want to live a meaningful life with dignity and who bring beautiful culture worth sharing. Multiply the village idea by ten thousand and it represents the world we’re working to build.
A circular stamp represents the makers’ mark, the seal of approval and craftsmanship
Lighted doors and windows reflect the life inside artisans’ homes
A continuous line of rooftops reminds us we are all part of the global village
Lowercase type invites everyone into the maker-to-market movement
Local to Local
Follow a basket’s journey from the maker’s village to yours
Gathered From Nature
Our baskets are made from natural materials that grow near the maker’s home, including seagrass, raffia, palm leaf, and banana fiber. The maker might use vegetable dyes for added color or introduce contrasting materials like recycled plastic or reclaimed sari fabric.
Designed with care
It all starts with an idea. Some designs originate with the maker based on a time-honored pattern or her own imagination. Other designs are a collaboration with our buyers who share trends and inspiration.