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Archive for March 2011

March 21, 2011 Posted by Ryan in Events

Annual Oriental Rug Event

"Quality You Desire, Fairness Artisans Deserve"

Over 300 Fairly Traded Rugs made by Fairly Paid Adult Artisans

Mark your calendar for our 2011 upcoming Annual Oriental Rug Event May 12th -15th featuring over 300 hand-knotted rugs all made by fairly paid adults, from 2'x3's to 10'x14's. Since our store is not large enough to carry these rugs year round, we host this special event once a year to bring these high-quality, fairly traded, hand-knotted rugs to our community from the Main Rug Gallery at Ten Thousand Villages, Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

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March 21, 2011 Posted by Ryan in News

Artisans4Hope helps refugees living in Idaho acquire skills

Artisans4Hope helps refugees living in Idaho acquire skills, livelihoods in a tough economy

Fabric, sewing machines, and women at work crowd tables in an airy space on Idaho Street.

The banter is a mix of Nepali, Uzbek, French and slowly, more and more English, as people pass tools back and forth, hold up finished items to be admired, or consult over a pattern.

Mastoureh Tashkin, a former refugee from Afghanistan, is among the women (and a few men) who come each week to be part of Artisans4Hope. The nonprofit, volunteer-run project has three missions: helping refugees learn English, integrating them into the community, and most pressing, helping them make money.

Tashkin, a tall, elegant woman, takes the bus Downtown from home, where she and her three children live with a sponsor. She shares the plight of many in the Valley, refugee and otherwise. She can't find a job, andhas a family to support.

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Hearts From Around the World

Onyx Heart Paperweight - Pakistan

Help your honey keep his or her papers in place, with a gift of this beautiful little heart. Onyx stone paperweight is solid, hand-carved, and comes in a variety of rich-grained green, rust and white colors.

Love Me Pin - Kenya

Love Me! That is the message you will share with this delightful little running heart pin. Made from locally sourced recycled soda can metal and wire, each pin has a heart shape made from predominantly red-colored cans. The heart also has a flower made from beads and wire.

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