FLOWERS OF INDIA RANGE
Flowers of India is an exclusive range of pure natural beauty products based on traditional Ayuvedric recipes to which fragrances distilled from flowers grown in the foothills of the Himalayas have been added. The products are manufactured in an award winning Fair Trade unit in the outskirts of Delhi giving regular employment. As these products are so special they have been presented in hand blown glass bottles, packed in hand made recycled paper boxes. Each item is a gift incorporating the best of Indian traditional skills.
NEWSPAPER GIFT BAGS
These newspaper bags are made by an organisation whose main objective is to provide education and shelter to street children.
This eco-friendly product is made from recycled Indian newspaper.
The organisation was started in 2004 by street children who wanted to give something back in return for the opportunities which had allowed them to escape desperate circumstances. These elder children, now married with children of their own, generate an income by making newspaper bags and jute items. This allows them to take care of thirteen street children that they have saved from the streets surrounding Delhi train station. Support for this wonderful project means that these children can enjoy going to school and playing, rather than pulling rickshaws, shoe polishing, rag picking and worse. The newspapers are collected by one man on his bicycle rickshaw calling at residential homes for any read newspapers. This is why sometimes your bag will have a completed crossword!
Jewellery is a very important part of life in India where women wear their dowries in the form of necklaces, bangles, rings and earrings. Indians believe that each gem stone has properties beneficial to the mind, body and spirit, and indeed the positioning of an anklet or nose ring can be good for the health. The centre of the gem stone industry is in Jaipur where beautiful jewellery is fashioned in tiny workshops.
These hand crafted designer fashion jewellery of beads in hand made glass, ceramic, wood and metal are strung in two groups operating under the aegis of International Fair Trade Association. As well as the material benefits the social interaction is especially important to these producers.
Some are made in Nepal by rehabilitated survivors of human trafficking, disadvantaged and stigmatised women, small cottage industries and rural villagers. Some are made by rescued circus girls who have been sold by their families and are now reunited with siblings and given physical and emotional care. Women from urban slums in India are involved in projects to make the eco-friendly trash/fash bags.
This is hand printed and stitched together and finally hand quilted in a newly built family run workshop with excellent working conditions and a generous pay and social policy
KERELA THROWS & CUSHION COVERS
The vibrant colours of Kerela Jazz, Turquoise, Fuchsia and Mandarin will brighten any room and bring a touch of Indian sun to our chillier climes. These are all hand woven in the School of Weaving in Kerela where young people are trained ensuring they have a marketable skill for life. Weaving by hand is an ancient craft and is still practised all over India from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea.
TRIBAL MONSOON RANGE.
This range of soft furnishings are all handmade by South Asian artisan communities and the fair trade support they have received has been instrumental in the preservation of their local cultural craft heritage.