1st August, 2012 - Posted by Alex Cole-Weiss - 2 Comments
Looking for the perfect wedding gift for your favorite newly hitched couple? In a global economy on overload from excessive, cookie cutter, sweatshop production, it can be hard to find something unique and functional for your friends, a gift that holds a story of partnership, community, and cultural heritage to celebrate the union of two people in love.
But it’s not hard at Global Exchange Fair Trade stores. As a non-profit business rooted in the values of economic and social justice, we are just as excited as you are to share beautiful gifts with the ones we love. This wedding season we’re excited to feature our best selling ceramic line from Le Souk Ceramique as that special gift to last a lifetime.
Le Souk Ceramique produces all its ceramics at a small studio located in Nabeul, Tunisia, just a couple of kilometers from the Mediterranean coast. All production is done by hand at the studio. In both the shaping and painting of the ceramic artisans use no machinery, nor any decals or stencils. Each piece is painted freehand with only food safe paints and glazes for the safety of consumers as well as that of employees. (See video of the artisans in action below.)
As the business explains on its website, the name “Le Souk Ceramique” is a combination of Arabic and French, “souk” meaning “marketplace” in Arabic. In every town and city across Tunisia and North Africa, you will find a souk with items of traditional artistry–Nabeul is known for ceramics in particular. Not unlike Global Exchange, souks are filled with color and texture and make for hours of adventure just wandering around!
Are you or someone you know getting hitched? In case you didn’t know, Global Exchange stores in San Francisco and Berkeley do gift registries! Finally you can get all those amazing Fair Trade products you’ve been wanting all these years… and celebrate your union in solidarity with artisans around the globe! Just ask us at the store or give us a call and we’ll set you up!
Video Bonus: Check out how Le Souk artisans make ceramics from start to finish.
Posted on: August 1, 2012
Filed under: Global Exchange Store Updates