Bangladesh Artisans

February can be tough in Canada. The snow, which once made the streets and sidewalks a winter wonderland, has transformed into a crusty, icy hazard or a slushy mess. It can be dark, cloudy, and grey. For many, it’s not the most wonderful time of the year anymore.

This is why we look forward so much to our February release. After Christmas and Boxing Week sales are over, we need an injection of some fun, colourful products with amazing stories – and this release certainly delivers.

Take for example our new gold-plated jewellery from Colombia. These amazing pieces are beautiful and understated, simple enough to wear to the office, but elegant enough for evening wear. And they make great gifts, too.

“I’m in love with this new range of products from Sapia,” says Kristen, Purchasing and Collection Planning Manager at Ten Thousand Villages. “It’s always exciting when we bring in products that showcase traditional influences, such as these earrings inspired by Pre-Columbian motifs.  Not only do they showcase the talent of the designers we work with, but the quality of the craftsmanship is self-evident.”

After Christmas time, most of us don’t have a lot to spend on an entirely new wardrobe. However, the right accessories can help add a pop of colour to keep your winter outfit feeling fresh. Our silk infinity scarves fit the bill perfectly.

The new silk-linen blend scarves are soft, yet structured, and they come in cheerful colours that brighten up even the dreariest days.

Made in Vietnam, these scarves are woven and dyed in a family-run workshop in the mountains by makers earn a fair income for their work. Think of each scarf as a piece of tropical weather you can wear.

Find your perfect scarf here.  

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, we think you’ll fall in love with our blue heart series of mugs and dishes. Get one for your sweetheart, or shop the whole set to add some whimsy to tea time. The little squared tea dishes and platters are perfect for cookies and squares, sushi, or cucumber sandwiches.

Each piece in this series is hand thrown and painted by women potters in Vietnam. We are so impressed by the quality of the pottery and the fine brushwork of the painted designs!

For more Valentine’s Day ideas, make sure to visit the Valentine’s Day Shop.

 

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