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People-to-People Ties Through Fair Trade

31st March, 2014 - Posted by Zarah Patriana - 3 Comments

gxftindiamapLast month, we reached out to the Global Exchange community for messages to share with the Handmade Expressions artisans in India who make our Fair Trade tote bags and other beautiful items sold at our stores.

Now, Kara, our Fair Trade Store manager is in India meeting with those artisans hearing their stories, learning about their hand-block printing techniques, and sharing the photos and messages that were collected, thus bringing to life the connection between artisan and conscious consumer.

The artisans will hear messages such as the one shared by Sarah C. in Berkeley, CA:

“The bag is beautiful in design and color. I know my purchase will help artisans in pursuing their craft. I feel a direct connection as a consumer to the source.” 

And from Nancy S. in Castro Valley, CA:

“My Eco-Shopper tote bag is well-sewn and made of lovely fabric. I especially like knowing that the artisans who made the bag are working on conditions that are supportive and not exploitative. Thank you for making such beautiful bags!”


Thanks to everyone who shared a message! Stayed tuned to our Fair Trade blog for updates from Kara once she returns with stories from the artisans to you.

In the meantime, support our work which has a direct impact on Fair Trade artisans in India and around the world! And join the hundreds of people who carry around a stylish Handmade Expressions tote bag.


3 Responses to “People-to-People Ties Through Fair Trade”

  • Kathy Nick

    I liked my bag so much that I gave it to a good friend. She is so pleased,

  • Sharing stories with artisans of customers’ love of their products and their appreciation for their craftsmanship is a powerful motivator. Our artisan partners at MayaWorks love to learn about our customers: Who they are; where do they live; what products they purchase. When I tell them that folks as far away as Australia are purchasing their handcrafted items they beam from ear to ear! I think it makes them eager to learn new products to sell to the people so far away who are impacting their lives in the most positive ways.

    • Thanks for sharing, Jeannie! Love hearing about the artisans’ reactions as well and knowing that a Fair Trade product can really be a bridge and bring about connections across the world.

      Once Kara is back, we will be sharing stories from artisans to share with consumers. Stay tuned!

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