Fair Trade

  1. Healing our World Through the Beauty of Fair Trade

    fair trade knitter

    Fair Trade gifts have a magical power to open our hearts by creating meaningful connections between us conscious consumers and crafters far away. They help us get in touch with our own humanity by reminding us we are one big world family. All of us have the ability to open our hearts and wish for others, what we wish for ourselves.

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  2. Puno Travel Log: Meeting Nifty Knitters

    organic cotton finger puppets

    Follow along with Don and Alessandra's trip to visit with our talented knitters in Puno, Peru! Read on for updates about our knitters and knitted collections.

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  3. Raquel Sanabria García: Growing with Gourd Art and Fair Trade

    Ester arpillera quilter

    Raquel Sanabria García grew up admiring her parents’ ability to create beautiful gourd art. So, as she grew, so did her love and talent in creating gourd art.

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  4. Ester de la Cruz: An Arpillera Quilter Empowered by Fair Trade

    Ester arpillera quilter

    In 2004, Ester joined a small collective of around 20 arpillera artists and started working with Lucuma Designs. As part of this tight group, she values the connections she has made thanks to her art.

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  5. Just Creations: Fair Trade, Quality Service, and Education

    Joan from Just Creations

    Lucuma Designs had the chance to catch up with Joan Frisz, store buyer at Just Creations, located in Louisville, KY. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview Joan to get the inside scoop about her mission, her take on the fair trade family, and her predictions for the future of fair trade.

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  6. Edith Cruz: A Woman Knitter Empowered by Fair Trade

    Lizzet gourd artist

    In the rural villages around Lake Titicaca, knitting is a major way of life--especially for women and children. So, despite learning this skill later than most other girls, Edith Cruz became a knitting leader through perseverance and hard work. Thanks to these skills, Edith was able to go to college to earn not one, but two degrees. Read more about how fair trade helped empower her!

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  7. Videos: To Play, or Not To Play?

    Media player blog

    Technology may seem daunting, but let it be your newest ally! Videos are great tools to use in your store to help share artists’ stories. Check out our blog to shed some light and clear up those foggy myths about store videos!

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  8. Fair Trade, Free Hugs, and Plenty of Stories: Store Highlight

    cardinal products from Lucuma Designs

    Lucuma Designs had the chance to catch up with Sandy Ramsay, co-founder of Artisans' World Marketplace, located in Sarasota, FL. While there, we got the scoop from Sandy about what it's like to be a fair trade store owner, her experiences, and what it takes to keep fair trade alive.

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  9. Lizzet Hurtado: A Woman Artist Empowered by Fair Trade

    Lizzet gourd artist

    Representing a new generation of gourd artists, Lizzet Hurtado continued her family’s art tradition when marrying Rodolfo few years ago, they started their own workshop. As an accomplished artist and business woman, she has experienced her dose of gender discrimination in our male-dominated society. She felt first hand how a woman must work harder than her male counterparts to leave a mark.

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  10. Why we are thankful

    Vilma March Update

    Our featured artist for March is a puppet knitter from Chucuito, a village near Puno in the Lake Titicaca region of Peru.

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