Friday, August 31, 2007

It Takes a Village... or 10 Thousand

If you have never been to a Ten Thousand Villages store, find out if there is one in your area and check it out. One of the largest, oldest fair trade organizations in North America, Ten Thousand Villages works with more than 100 artisan groups from over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. They now have over 160 locations in North America that sell quality items from diverse cultures, including cute items for youth.

These gorgeous mobiles comes from the Yayasan Mitra Bali artisan group out of Indonesia.

These puzzles are made from renewable albizia wood and painted with nontoxic paint in Sri Lanka. The Animals of the World 3D puzzle can be put together so that the stars and moon arc over standing animals and central tree, or can lay the pieces flat to make a circular puzzle bordered with stars.

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