Artisan Feature: The Peace Exchange

Artisan Feature: The Peace Exchange

Congratulations to The Peace Exchange on becoming a member of the Fair Trade Federation! This nonprofit organization, founded by Katie Bond, works with artisans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Its mission is to “create social enterprise, economic growth, sustainability, and entrepreneurial trainings for citizens of...

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Summer Bags, Large and Small

Summer Bags, Large and Small

Global Gifts has colorful summer bags to fit all your necessities!            The Coin Arpillera Garden purse is made using 100% cotton and is a bright way to store coins and small personal items. This purse is created by Jupa, an artisan youth group that Bridge...

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Cool Off With an Indonesian Fan

Cool Off With an Indonesian Fan

As temperatures are soaring, we think fans are a great way to cool off, especially when picnicking outside for the 4th of July!         These fans are made using dyed bamboo frames and traditional Indonesian batik fabric. In Indonesia, hand-drawn batik is a traditional craft with a rich...

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Sarongs: The MacGyver of Gifts!

Sarongs: The MacGyver of Gifts!

If you're looking for a practical yet uniquely-beautiful gift, look no further. We've got you covered (literally) with our incredible collection of sarongs from Blue Hand, a wonderful fair trade partner. A sarong is a length of brightly colored batik fabric worn, wrapped around the body, as a garment. You can learn...

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Bloomington: Indonesian Batik

Bloomington: Indonesian Batik

These beautiful sarongs and scarves were created through the traditional Indonesian art of batiking. According to the Batik Guild, "it is not known when the batik was first made but the traditional skills were particularly well developed over hundreds of years in Central Java around Yogyakarta and Solo under the patronage of the Sultan...

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