This Holiday, Give Meaning

Posted November 17, 2015


Finding the perfect gift is a challenge.  The best gifts have stories behind them—gifts with meaning.  Ten Thousand Villages gives meaningful work to makers around the world because everything in our stores is 100% fair trade, and has been that way for nearly 70 years.  Just beautiful, handcrafted items with beautiful stories behind them.



Looking for jewelry?

Every jewelry piece at Ten Thousand Villages holds a story and a history.  Rooted in tradition and culture, makers translate their ancient skills into modern designs, often using innovative materials.

One such unique and significant piece of jewelry is the Hope Necklace.  Brass beads are made from bomb casings recovered from the fields of Cambodia, and are then silver plated for a dazzling dose of luxury.  Transforming reminders of destruction into symbols of hope helps the makers heal. One artisan named Heng Sopheanith told us about his firsthand experience with this transformation. Once a refugee in Thailand, he was able to travel to the Battambang province where he was trained as a silversmith.   Here is what he had to say, in his own words, “Buying our products means giving us salary. Buying continuously means supporting our sustainability to live.”

The wearer of this necklace can feel the weight, both in quality and significance.  Truly a gift with meaning.



Need something for the home?

Natural materials and simple tools are used in the creation of every home accent, bringing an unmistakable sense of authenticity to any space.

Mango wood is sanded and layered with subtle silver leaf to create bowls and candleholders that are smooth to the touch and soothing to the eye.  One of the makers responsible for the creation of these pieces is Mr. Mohammed Anwar, from a wood carving workshop located in Saharanpur, India.  He explains that his city has been famous for wood carving for many years.  And while the skills began in furniture-making, they have adapted these same techniques into smaller creations for the home, to create items more marketable for export.

Woodcarving skills are treasured in India.  And by embracing a gift of this handcrafted quality, you are also welcoming these traditions into your home.

So if you plan on doing some holiday shopping on Church Street, stop inside Ten Thousand Villages to explore our unique gifts from around the world.  Because every item holds meaning both for the gift recipient, and for a maker in the developing world.



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