Monday, August 11, 2014

day 247 : my favorite fair-trade wedding gift

this past weekend, my step-sister got married.
we weren't able to attend, but i made sure to send along one of my favorite items as a wedding present.

do you know ten thousand villages? they are a nationwide retail store, ONLY carrying fair-trade handmade items from around the world. their mission is to empower and offer support to families, people and cultures around the globe.
i have been a fan of their company for years & last year, they opened a retail store just a few blocks from our place. 
{photo from their website} 
between them & this shop ; they are my go-to for gifts. 
the gift we chose? 
this awesome handmade basket! weaved from kaisa grass and then covered with recycled saris ; the baskets are made by women in bangladesh. you can read more about the process & organization here.  
{picture from their website}

our store offered three different colors and two different sizes {this basket was the small}. a couple months ago, blakes cousin got married {we didn't make it to that wedding, either!} ; but we gifted them the same basket ; but made with a different colored sari. 

if you are looking for a gift, i highly recommend ten thousand villages! they are such an amazing company & really are doing amazing things to change the world! 

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