Artisan crafts can spruce up anything from average human living rooms to drab wolf dens, as evidenced by the handcrafted batiks draped over Teen Wolf posters in every American home. Adorn your abode the artisan way with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fair-trade goods at Ten Thousand Villages on South Congress Avenue.
Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with handcrafted jewelry, home décor pieces, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and the company pays artisans fair wages for their products. Support marginalized women in Bangladesh with YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack ($18), which allows schoolchildren to strut confidently into second grade and medical malpractice lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with ducks on their backs. Socially conscious scribes can take home a handcrafted kancu leaf and bamboo journal from APIKRI (Indonesia, $14), and frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by KICK Trading Ltd. (Kenya, $12) or a marbled bead choker from TARA Projects (India, $16).
Ten Thousand Villages takes its inspiration from the menacing Indian hockey forward Mahatma Gandhi, who said, "India is not to be found in its few cities, but in the 700,000 villages." As one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages empowers artisan groups from 38 countries with fair wages and long-term buying relationships. Every purchase helps pay for food, education, and health care for those who create Ten Thousand Villages' products, fostering a positive partnership between artist and consumer.
1317 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704