Our church sponsored a sale by this organization which helps women in the Third World start up cottage industries following a Fair Trade model ... so that they can support themselves and their children with basic human dignity. I went just a little hog wild buying Christmas gifts, baby gifts and some items for myself. For my brand new baby granddaughter I found a delightful soft sculpture clutch ball, a smocked and embroidered dress, an adorable little fish washcloth and a doll in native Andes costume to start an International doll collection. For my daughter, two sets of woven hemp placemats. And for myself: an embroidered tablecloth, a pulled thread and crochet lace edged table runner, one of those over one shoulder handbag/backpacks, an owl coin purse, a woven cotton scarf/sash. For the office: a statue of the Good Shepherd made from clay made from the ash of a volcanic eruption in the Phillippines by the very farmers whose farms were destroyed by the lava flow. And just to hold an American Express gift card or two at Christmas, a folk art embroidered coin purse.
Here's the link:
They have pottery, baby items and toys, bags & purses, clothing & accessories, table linens, indigenous art, handmade cards, jewelry and hair accessories. Just browsing their site is an adventure in shopping ... and one you can feel good about.