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. For $10, today's deal gets you $20 worth of fair-trade goods at Ten Thousand Villages on South Lake Street.
Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with handcrafted jewelry, home décor, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, while paying artisans fair wages for their products. Support marginalized women in Bangladesh with YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack (Bangladesh, $18), which allows school children to strut confidently into second grade and medical malpractice lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with a duck on their backs. Socially conscious crafters can take home a hand-stitched measuring-tape cat (Vietnam, $8) from Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, 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 a 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 more than 38 countries with fair wages and long-term buying relationships. Every purchase helps pay for food, education, and healthcare for those that create Ten Thousand Villages' products, fostering a positive partnership between artist and consumer.
Ten Thousand Villages won the 2005 People's Choice Award for Green Business of the Year. Yelpers give Ten Thousand Villages of Pasadena a perfect five-star average:
- The People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year is designed to honor the work of socially and environmentally responsible businesses, highlight how businesses can commit to products and practices that contribute to the health and well-being of people, workers, communities and the environment, and challenge corporate America to do the same. – Green America Today