Tuesday, May 2, 2017

How it's Made: Fair Trade Kantha Jewelry

Would you like to help fashion a better world? 

Our fair trade Kantha jewelry collection is inspired by the vibrancy of India. Colorful cotton textile scraps are transformed into unique beads used for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. These statement-making pieces add a brilliant pop of color for any occasion. They also provide an immense amount of good by forging a path out of poverty for women in need.

The Kantha jewelry is handcrafted by artisans in India who are part of a cooperative that follows the principles of fair trade. This means that each piece purchased creates opportunity for marginalized women and their families. Fair Trade principles ensure proper pay, safe working conditions, ongoing training and education, no child labor, and respect for the environment.  

The process begins with the bead bases. Each sustainable bead is made from scraps collected from the local furniture factory. Kantha sari quilts are a traditional textile in India made from layers of worn cotton saris, sewn together with a distinctive, allover running stitch. Each wooden bead is covered with the fabric and strung on wire, transforming them into necklaces, bracelets and earrings and repurposing the materials. Finally, the artisans carefully assort the beads to insure a vibrant combination of colors as unique as the individual who made it! 

When you're wearing our Kantha jewelry you'll feel great ethically and aesthetically.

Long Kantha Necklace/ Kantha Multi-Strand Bracelet/ Kantha Cuff Bracelet

 Purchase our Kantha jewelry: Kantha Jewelry

Proceeds from all purchases support the artisans as well as the museum's programming.

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