Red Bow Ornament
Made in India
by artisan women using handmade felt
Our motto? Put a bow on it! Dress up gifts large and small with this ladylike bow ornament. Each purchase empowers artisans at Friends Handicrafts in Nepal.
Red Bow Ornamnet
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Approximately 3" wide, 2." tall
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Friends Handicrafts fights urban poverty in Nepal by training and employing female heads-of-household in the art of felting. As urbanization throughout the country continues to outpace economic growth, the reality of employment opportunities in cities like Kathmandu is becoming increasingly bleak. The sales of these felt products provide meaningful work, enabling the artisans to provide food and education for their children. In addition, Friends Handicrafts supports skills training and income generation programs for its artisans.
Friends Handicrafts in Nepal employs talented women artisans who use ancient techniques to create beautiful felt products. Felt is a material that has been used in the Himalayas for generations to protect from the harsh elements, but until recently there was not a developed industry for felt products in Nepal.
Felt is unique from other textiles because it is not knitted or woven. Instead, it is made from matted wool, manipulated with soap and water to create the desired shape. After the felt items are shaped, they are dried in the sun. Once dry, the artisans sew and embroider the felt to turn it into ornaments, stuffed animals, accessories, and more.
With the majestic Himalayas as a backdrop, Nepal offers a breathtaking beauty and unique cultural mystique. With about thirty-six different ethnic groups and multiple religions and languages, the multi-dimensional cultural heritage of Nepal has evolved over the centuries, and it encompasses the diversities of its ethnic, tribal, and social groups, greatly influenced an assemblage of music, architecture, religion and literature.
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Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.