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Kantha Connection Bracelet

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Each color symbolizes a connection to the artisan as well as a mindful intention. The story cards make it great for gifting!

Sustainably handmade from repurposed textiles (color shades may vary), these items provide a bright future for women artisans in India through fair trade.

Origin: India

Measurements: Stretches to fit most

Jewelry is FINAL SALE and not eligible for return or exchange.  

BLACK = STRENGTH "Strength reflects our courage to stand up to injustice and illuminate a better path. This Strength Bracelet creates a chain of goodness around the world." 

BLUE - SERENITY "Serenity transforms our lives with soothing calm and quiet stillness. This Serenity Bracelet brings artisans peace of mind for the future through fair trade." 

GREEN - GROWTH  "Growth challenges us to aspire to greater levels of fairness and sustainability. This Growth Bracelet reminds us that artisans flourish under nurturing conditions.

PASTEL - CREATIVITY "Creativity shows us that we are full of limitless possibilities and endless solutions. This Creativity Bracelet brings to mind all the opportunities we have to make the world a better place."

PINK - COMPASSION "Compassion nurtures our soul with kindness and empathy. This Compassion Bracelet symbolizes how important it is to partner with those in need."

RED - ENERGY "Energy is clarity, optimism, and passion in all we do. This Energy Bracelet empowers artisans to create positive change."

PURPLE - WISDOM "Wisdom and experience move us towards a more just society. This Wisdom Bracelet embraces the knowledge gained when we engage with each other." 

RAINBOW - UNITY "Unity encourages harmony and intention. This Unity Bracelet inspires us to trust that together we are greater than the sum of our parts."

 

 

About WorldFinds: 

WorldFinds mission is to empower women through fair trade. Our jewelry and accessories create work for over 700 artisans in vulnerable communities in India. These thoughtful designs and sustainable practices bring change to the lives of the artisans, provide a bright future for their children, and strengthen their communities.

We’re a { mostly } women-powered brand that began in 2001. We design all of our items in-house, and love to work collaboratively - both here at our office in the states as well as with our amazing artisans halfway around the world.

How is Kantha jewelry is made?

Kantha quilts are a traditional textile found in abundance in India. They are made from layers of worn cotton saris, sewn together with a distinctive, allover running stitch. Artisans transform the fabric scraps into beads for jewelry, which provides new life to a textile that is often discarded. Each Kantha bead has a base made of wood, carved out of scraps gathered from a local furniture factory. We, and the artisans, love sustainable sourcing! Artisans then hand cover each wooden bead with a colorful piece of Kantha fabric, attaching them securely with a safe adhesive. Excess fabric is trimmed off, and the bead is complete.

Once a number of beads have been crafted, they are strung together into a necklace, wrapped with wire and added into a cuff bracelet, or transformed into an earring, often incorporating modern elements like metallic paillettes, brass metal accent beads, or mixed-metal seed beads. Artisans assort the beads so the final piece of jewelry has a unique array of colors and patterns. The result is a Kantha design as unique as the artisan that crafted it!

What is Fair Trade:

In the most basic terms - fair trade is an equitable, long-term relationship between trading partners, and a way to ensure low-income artisans are truly being helped out of poverty. There are 9 Principles of Fair Trade recently adopted by the Fair Trade Federation, and soon there will be explicit practices on how those principles can be achieved. 

Fair trade is a growing movement to help low-income artisans in developing countries move towards economic self-sufficiency. It promotes sustainability on all levels and creates opportunities to alleviate poverty. Artisans receive fair wages, education, financial and technical assistance, and have safe working conditions. Fair trade organizations like WorldFinds pre-pay 50% for their products upfront, and work closely with the artisans on design and quality. Fair trade is about respectful relationships and is having a positive impact on the lives of thousands of artisans. It is starting to make the world a better place. It is also a long-awaited alternative to traditional trade and a way to effect real social change!