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With 4th of July coming up, it’s time to get festive by hanging up colorful garlands in your windows!
The Red Star Garland is handmade in Bangladesh and adds the perfect festive touch to any household! Each star is woven from keya palm leaves. These leaves are harvested locally in Bangladesh and split into narrow strips in preparation for weaving. Once the leaves are cut, they are soaked and dyed using biodegradable, “AZO-free” dyes and then dried in the sun.
This garland comes in other colors such as silver and gold and is made by Prokritee, an artisan group providing jobs for rural women in Bangladesh. Prokritee improves women’s standards of living and helps them send their children to school. Prokritee also creates and promotes income-generating projects that adhere to good safety and environment standards, and have the potential to become self-reliant.
The Red Palm Leaf Streamer is also made of cut and woven palm leaf. The streamer is made by Poocharam Federation, a community-based organization committed to artisan development in India. Poocharam Federation is focused on empowering women through encouraging political and community involvement and giving women financial power. This organization also benefits artisans through HIV presentation training and loan programs.
The Embroidered Star Garland is handmade in India using embroidered stuffed cotton, beads, and sequins. This garland is made by Ashirwad, meaning "blessings", is an artisan group of socially and economically disadgantaged women. The women work in their own homes and gather together weekly at a home in the suburbs of Kolkata.
Which fair trade garland will you choose to decorate your home with for 4th of July?
Be sure to check out the Bloomington store's Pinterest page for more ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/GlobalGiftsBlm/
They’re lightweight, portable, and durable! Pocket discs are perfect for fun anytime and anywhere, especially now that summer is officially here. It’s okay to play with them indoors and they’re sturdy enough to use outside too!
The Pocket Disc organization is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and is also a Green Certified Business. They work with Mayan artisans in Guatemala who are able to improve their lives by crocheting Pocket Discs from hand washable cotton yarn.
Easy to use for people of all ages, just pass the disc back and forth with a friend or a group of friends. Throw a Pocket Disc as you would a traditional disc by holding it in the “seam” of your hand with thumb on top and fingers on the bottom of the disc. As you throw, think of the disc as an extension of your arm and wind up and release it in the direction you want the disc to go.
Get creative and play games like these suggested by our friends at Pocket Disc…
*Ceiling Fan 500: Toss a pocket disc into a spinning ceiling fan as friends on the other side of room try to catch it. (Move breakables in the room out of the way first!)
*Pocket Disc Bowling: Set up plastic or paper cups in a line and throw the pocket disc to knock them down. Good luck bowling a strike!
*Invent a game all your own. Visit the Global Gifts’ Facebook page and let us know how YOU enjoy playing with your Pocket Disc!
Global Gifts Short North will be giving away a Pocket Disc to one lucky winner at the July Gallery Hop on Saturday, July 2nd. Stop by during store hours to sign up for your chance to win a Pocket Disc of your choice!