I know that you are all probably getting tired of hearing about Trades of Hope these days, but it is such a huge part of my life now that it is hard to not write about it. I promise this will be the last time for a little while. We just launched our Fall 2019 line entitled Shades of the Savanna, and I have to share with you my favorite pieces from the line. They are all so good, but I have managed to narrow it down to my favorites in each category. This line was inspired by a visit to Africa by our founders and is comprised of elements that could be seen on a journey through the African Savanna. Things like feathers, various stones, hammered metals, and leather are seen throughout the collection. Each piece is beautifully handcrafted by our artisan partners who are working to change their lives every day. These pieces give them hope and power to rise up and live a better life.
Earrings: Trove Earrings
I am totally obsessed with these earrings created by women in Asia who have been rescued from brothels and sex trafficking. They feature tan, brown, and black shades to mimic the pattern of a leopard or tortoise shell in this cool geometric shape. They are extremely lightweight and very much on trend right now. We even have a Trove Cuff that matches them perfectly.
Bracelet: Sanctuary Bracelet
Women in Haiti create this bracelet with its vibrant colors. These women are now able to keep their own babies instead of dropping them at an orphanage because they had no means to care for them. This bracelet is created with hand-rolled cereal box beads and hand-painted Haitian clay. This clay is the same clay that they have had to use to make cookies for their children because they didn’t have anything else to feed them. Through this sustainable business they are now able to provide real food for their families and provide for them in ways they never could before.
Necklace: Radiant Necklace Set
While this set is more on the expensive side of our products, it is absolutely gorgeous. It features 3 separate necklaces of varying lengths that can be worn together or apart. They feature hammered discs, labradorite stone, and a blue topaz crystal drop. These necklaces are handcrafted by women in India rising up out of extreme poverty.
Scarf: Patrika Scarf
This scarf is so unique and versatile. It is created by women in India using a hand blocking method. Wooded blocks are carved to created the desired design. Then using natural dyes, these women use the block to stamp the design onto the fabric. How cool is that? Each scarf has slight variations due to the hand blocking technique. This scarf is large in size and can be worn as a vest, bathing suit cover-up, head wrap, or as a regular scarf.
HandBag: Rabia Bag
Women in India who are escaping extreme poverty handcrafted this gorgeous genuine leather bag. It comes with a detachable crossbody strap. The inside is lined with a beautiful blue-stripped fabric. It features an interior slip pocket and a zipper pocket. This bag does not even look handmade, but it is. It looks like any designer bag you would get at a department store, but this bag is handmade and sold through fair trade to empower these women out of poverty. It is so beautiful. Check out these adorable giraffe and zebra handbag charms that you can add to this bag made by our artisans in Guatelmala.
Home Decor: Batwa Basket Set
These baskets are handcrafted by women from the Batwa Tribe in Uganda who have been forced out of their native land as a conservation effort to protect the mountain gorillas. These people are treated like animals. Their partnership with TOH has given them dignity and a means to survive. These women weave each basket by hand using tall grasses and natural materials as dyes. It takes 2 weeks to complete one basket! Aren’t they adorable?
To check out the entire Fall 2019 collection and more, you can visit my website. These truly are some of my new favorite things and the stories behind them melt my heart. Aren’t they all so great?