Bangladesh Artisans

Not sure what to get her for Christmas? This holiday season, give meaning. Every handcrafted gift from Ten Thousand Villages feeds families, provides healthcare, sends children to school, helps to build safe homes and empowers women. With every purchase, we fight poverty and improve the lives of makers and their families around the world. Whether she’s your wife, sister or mom, she’ll love unwrapping these unique gifts that give back on Christmas morning.

Handcrafted Jewellery

handcrafted jewellery

This Christmas, surprise her with a new necklace, bracelet or set of earrings. This sterling silver jewellery was handcrafted in Peru by the makers of Allpa. Allpa aims to improve the living standards of handicraft producers in Lima by providing technical help, product development advice, skills training, tools and equipment.

Cozy Scarves

cozy scarves

Gift her with a beautiful, cozy scarf that she can wear all winter long. Whether it’s made of viscose, chiffon or silk, all our scarves and shawls are handstitched by makers all over the world benefiting from a fair wage and safe working conditions.

Eco-leather Purses

eco-leather purses

Make her Christmas with a practical, environmentally friendly purse. These eco-leather handbags were handcrafted in India by the makers of CRC. Unlike the commercial leather industry, makers working with CRC tan leather products without using harmful chemicals. In other words, instead of using harmful substances, eco-leather is tanned using environmentally-friendly materials derived from sustainable tea bark extracts and waxes.

Divine Chocolate

divine chocolate

If she has a sweet tooth, gift her with her favourite chocolate bar, or try something new this holiday season. When you buy our chocolate, you improve the lives and opportunities of small-scale farmers.

What are you getting her for Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!

Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to put away your flip flops and get out your plaid. Fall is a big season for fashion. Here are our top four must-have accessories for autumn.

Brown Crossbody Purse

brown purse

The start of the fall season is a great chance to switch up your everyday purse. Forbes says that “one of the most perfect bags for fall is a brown crossbody.” There’s no need to worry about matching your outfit to your purse with a neutral crossbody bag. Simply put your essentials in this purse, swing it over your shoulder and you’re ready for wherever the day takes you!

Cozy Scarves

teal scarf

Stylish scarves are a great way to stay warm while adding a different dynamic to your outfit. Glowsly says that “scarves that keep your neck warm are a season must. Scarves are warm and cozy, but they’re also as glamorous as can be.” This season, try different ways to style your scarf! If you’re stuck in a rut and need new ideas for styling your scarf, then check out this video.

Tassel Earrings

tassel earrings

Tassels are on trend this season. Glowsly says that “tassels are a fun way of adding a slightly bohemian vibe to any look.” For your everyday look, go with tassel earrings in black, silver or gold. For a weekend look, try something bold and go with pink or blue tassel earrings.

Long Necklaces

long necklace

A long necklace instantly dresses up any basic look. Forbes says that “gold dainty necklaces are timeless, but elegant and long necklaces are especially suited for the fall.” This fall, look for a gold necklace that’s extra-long.

What are your must-have fall accessories? Let us know in the comments below!

It’s no secret that the commercial tanning process for leather is hazardous. Not only is leather tanned with compounds that are harmful to the environment, but this chemical process is also damaging to the health of the people working in the leather production industry.

Yellow purse

Many of our bags, purses and wallets are handcrafted using eco-leather by makers working with the Craft Resource Centre (CRC). CRC is a fair trade resource and marketing centre in India that tans their leather products without using harmful chemicals. In other words, instead of using azo dyes, formaldehyde and other harmful substances, eco-leather is tanned using environmentally-friendly materials derived from sustainable tea bark extracts and waxes.

Indro at Ten Thousand Villages store

Indro Dasgupta is the director of CRC and we were fortunate to spend time with him this past spring. During his visit with us, he outlined the eco-leather process. He explained that since the government in India has banned the use of cow in the production of leather, CRC eco-leather products are made with water buffalo. The water buffalo are first used for milk and meat, and then the skin, which would typically be considered waste, is sold to CRC for the production of leather. In other words, no animals are killed for the purpose of making leather. CRC is simply upcycling the waste produced by other industries.

Leather hide drying

Indro also explained that after the raw hide is collected, it is tanned with eco-friendly materials on a drumming machine and then it’s set out to dry. Once the leather is dry, it is then waxed, shined and sprayed. Finally, the leather is assembled into beautiful purses, wallets and bags.

Mallika

Mallika Manjari De is a quality checker and packer working with CRC. She is 28 years old and has been working with CRC for almost two years. When asked about how her life has changed since working with CRC, she said, “Life was difficult. I found it difficult to make ends meet. Now, I am able to buy necessities for my home.”

Brown purse

Eco-leather is more than a fashion choice; it’s a way to better the environment and improve the lives of people like Mallika. Browse our handcrafted eco-leather collection online.