Shop By Cause: Indigenous Populations

Indigenous people make up less than 5 percent of the world's population, but they account for 15 percent of the poorest.*

At The Little Market, we ethically source products from artisan groups and social enterprises that support indigenous people through dignified work opportunities, which allows them to preserve the artisanal techniques of their cultures.

artisan: Artesania Sorata

Artesania Sorata provides work for indignenous families with low income in Bolivia. The artisan women dye the wool by hand using natural dyes made from local ingredients, such as walnut leaves, thola, and cochineal. The natural dyes are sustainable and soft on the wool. With this yarn, the artisans knit each piece by hand. Each artisan has a unique style and often adds embroidered patterns inspired by traditional weavings, geometric symbols, animals, or birds.

Baby Knits

Country: BoliviaTechnique: ALPACA KNITTING

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Bear Beanie - Tan

$ 30.00 $ 40.00

We love this beanie “bear-y” much! Perfect for mommy-and-me looks and ski trips alike, this bear-eared beanie is hand-knit from sustainable alpaca wool. Every purchase goes toward supporting artisans in...

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  • One size fits most
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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Bear Beanie - Gray

$ 30.00 $ 40.00

We love this beanie “bear-y” much! Perfect for mommy-and-me looks and ski trips alike, this bear-eared beanie is hand-knit from sustainable alpaca wool. Every purchase goes toward supporting artisans in...

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  • One size fits most
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Alpaca Baby Booties - Lavender

$ 24.00

Keep those little toes cozy with these adorable booties! They’re handmade from super-soft Peruvian alpaca, so your mini-me won’t want to take them off. Each purchase supports Artesania Sorata artisans...

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    Alpaca Baby Mittens - Lavender

    $ 24.00

    Keep those little hands cozy with these adorable mittens! They’re handmade from super-soft Peruvian alpaca, so your mini-me won’t want to take them off. Each purchase supports Artesania Sorata artisans...

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    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    artisan: Asociación de Artesanos Andinos

    Asociación de Artesanos Andinos, located in the Arque and Tapacari provinces of Bolivia, aims to provide a higher level of life for artisans. All products are handmade following traditions of indigenous people continued through many generations. The unique textiles are made with natural dyes by women from one of the most underserved areas of Cochabamba. They seek to promote and sell crafts with cultural identity, helping to ultimately provide fair wages for artisans.

    Scarves

    Country: BoliviaTechnique: Weaving

    artisan: Awamaki

    Awamaki (which means “handmade” in Quechua) is a community-based nonprofit and social enterprise working with artisans in the Sacred Valley in Peru. Artisan women at Awamaki practice a back-strap loom weaving technique and infuse traditions with modern techniques. This technique originally dates back thousands of years and can be found in the Andes region. For Awamaki pieces in particular, there is a unique design based on generations of local traditions. There are textile motifs, such as animals and geographic lakes, that are passed down from grandmothers and mothers to preserve the culture. The weaving has served as an act of storytelling and is representative of cultural identity.

    BABY KNITS + HOME DÉCOR

    Country: PeruTechnique: Weaving

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    Knitted Baby Mittens - Blush

    $ 24.00

    Keep those little hands cozy with these adorable mittens! Hand-knit with Peruvian alpaca and cotton, little ones won't want to take them off. Each purchase empowers female artisans at Awamaki...

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    • Fits babies 0-6 months
    • Materials: alpaca baby hair and cotton blend
    • Care Instructions: Hand wash and lay flat to dry
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Knitted Baby Headband - White

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    Bundle up little ones with a hand-knit alpaca headband. Babies will stay warm and cuddly while wearing this feminine accessory. Each purchase empowers female artisans at Awamaki in Peru. Details...

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    • Fits babies 0-6 months
    • Materials: alpaca baby hair and cotton blend
    • Care Instructions: Hand wash and lay flat to dry
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Knitted Baby Mittens - White

    $ 24.00

    Keep those little hands cozy with these adorable mittens! Hand-knit with Peruvian alpaca and cotton, little ones won't want to take them off. Each purchase empowers female artisans at Awamaki...

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    • Fits babies 0-6 months
    • Materials: alpaca baby hair and cotton blend
    • Care Instructions: Hand wash and lay flat to dry
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Knitted Baby Beanie - Tan

    $ 36.00

    Keep your mini-me warm in this little beanie, hand-knit from soft and cozy Peruvian alpaca and cotton. Each purchase empowers female artisans at Awamaki in Peru. Details Fits babies 0-6 months...

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    • Fits babies 0-6 months
    • Materials: alpaca baby hair and cotton blend
    • Care Instructions: Hand wash and lay flat to dry
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    artisan: Bolga Basket weavers

    Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, West Africa weave beautiful and durable baskets from thick, tough, and sustainable elephant grass. Purchases of these baskets have supported underserved indigenous weavers in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, West Africa. A classic icon of African craftsmanship, Bolga baskets from Ghana are known for their durability, unique patterns, and vibrant colors.

    Baskets

    Country: GhanaTechnique: Weaving

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    Bohemian Market Basket

    $ 68.00

    This basket is the perfect tote for your fresh farmers market goodies! Hand-woven, this beautiful carryall will be convenient for daily use for years. Each purchase supports artisans at Bolga...

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    • Approximately 16" long, 8" wide, 18" tall
    • Materials: thick, tough elephant grass, leather, and natural dye
    • Care instructions: Spot clean. Do not expose to moisture.
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Natural Market Basket -Tan Handle

    $ 28.00

    Use this basket for your next trip to the market, to the grocery store, or to a picnic. Hand-woven and fair trade, each basket is one-of-a-kind. Every purchase supports artisans...

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    • Small approximately 9" diameter x 9" tall
    • Large approximately 15" diameter x 15" tall
    • Materials: thick, tough elephant grass, leather, and natural dye
    • Care instructions: Spot clean. Do not expose to moisture.
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Petite Palm Shopper

    $ 28.00

    This petite basket is the perfect accessory for all your outings from brunch to the beach! Keep one for yourself and get a matching one for your favorite little one....

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    • Approximately 10" tall x 13" wide
    • Materials: elephant grass and leather
    • Care instructions: Spot clean. Do not expose to moisture.
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Palm Shopper

    $ 62.00

    This oversized market basket is hand-woven from palm fronds and trimmed with cognac leather—perfect for toting all your fresh market finds. Each purchase empowers women artisans at Bolga Basket Weavers...
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    • Medium: approximately 17" x 11" x 12" tall
    • Large: approximately 18" x 18" (26" across when closed at top)
    • Materials: thick, tough elephant grass, leather, and natural dye
    • Care instructions: Spot clean. Do not expose to moisture.
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    artisan: Canaan Palestine

    Canaan Palestine is a social enterprise that collaborates with over 2,000 small-scale farming families. The farmworkers range in age from 25 to 70 years old and include indigenous populations. They are committed to providing sustainable income opportunities, implementing eco-conscious principles, practicing restorative agriculture, and offering essential resources such as community development workshops, finance training, and health programs.

    Olive Oil

    Country: PalestineTechnique: Farming

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    Basil-Infused Olive Oil

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    This subtle, fragrant oil adds dimension to any plate. Drizzle it over pasta salads, caprese, or grilled veggies. Each purchase empowers farmworkers at Canaan Palestine. Details Approximately 8.5 ounces; 2"...

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    • Approximately 8.5 ounces; 2" wide x 9" tall
    • Store in a cool dark place

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    Chili-Infused Olive Oil

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    This zesty oil will add a nice kick to every bite. Perfect for spice lovers, this goes well with all types of cuisines. Each purchase empowers farmworkers at Canaan Palestine....

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    • Approximately 8.5 ounces; 2" wide x 9" tall
    • Store in a cool dark place

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    Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

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    This flavorful oil will be your new secret ingredient with its endless uses. Dip some fresh baked bread, drizzle it into your favorite salad dressing, or use it as a...

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    • Approximately 8.5 ounces; 2" wide x 9" tall
    • Store in a cool dark place

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    Lemon-Infused Olive Oil

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    This versatile, fragrant oil is great to have on hand. It works beautifully alone as a simple salad dressing but also plays well with other ingredients. Each purchase empowers farmworkers...

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    • Approximately 8.5 ounces; 2" wide x 9" tall
    • Store in a cool dark place

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    artisan: EllieFunDay

    EllieFunDay partners with an artisan group consisting of 40 women, including indigenous women, working as part of a sewing unit. Many of these artisans are single mothers; some of them have experienced a form of domestic violence or abuse. Artisans working with EllieFunDay have access to job training, fair wages, dignified employment, healthcare, and educational resources.

    Blankets

    Country: IndiaTechnique: STAB-STITCHING EMBROIDERY

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    Baby Throw Blanket - Rainbows & Clouds

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    Dream the night away in this cozy rainbow- and cloud-inspired throw. Each purchase empowers female artisans at EllieFunDay in India. Details Approximately: 50" wide x 65" long Materials: Organic muslin,...

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    • Approximately: 50" wide x 65" long
    • Materials: Organic muslin, GOTs organic cotton
    • Machine wash cold with like colors. Gentle wash. Tumble dry on low or hang dry.
    • As with all handmade items, variations can occur.

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    Baby Throw Blanket - Dusty Red

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    Ready, set, snuggle. Cozy up with this colorful throw or gift to friends and family. Each purchase empowers female artisans at EllieFunDay in India. Details Approximately: 50" wide x 65"...

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    • Approximately: 50" wide x 65" long
    • Materials: Organic muslin, GOTs organic cotton
    • Machine wash cold with like colors. Gentle wash. Tumble dry on low or hang dry.
    • As with all handmade items, variations can occur.

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    Baby Throw Blanket - Natural

    $ 136.00

    The perfect blanket for snuggle time. Hand-sewn and embroidered, this throw blanket features three layers of double quilted muslin to keep little ones warm and cozy. Each purchase empowers female...

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    • Approximately: 50" wide x 65" long
    • Materials: Organic muslin and GOTS organic cotton
    • Machine wash cold with like colors. Gentle wash. Tumble dry on low or hang dry.
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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    Baby Throw Blanket - Lilac

    $ 136.00

    The perfect blanket for snuggle time. Hand-sewn and embroidered, this throw blanket features three layers of double quilted muslin to keep little ones warm and cozy. Each purchase empowers female...

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    • Approximately: 50" wide x 65" long
    • Materials: Organic muslin and GOTS organic cotton
    • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold with like colors. Gentle wash. Tumble dry on low or hang dry.
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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    artisan: Inspired Peru

    Inspired Peru is an artisan cooperative consisting of 35 artisans; the majority are widows and heads of household from indigenous communities in the Peruvian highlands. Ethically sourced, local alpaca wool is used to craft products, such as stuffed animals and accessories, that celebrate the artisans’ ancestral and cultural heritage. At Inspired Peru, artisans are empowered to transmit their traditional skills to future generations while expanding their business and leadership skills and having access to skill development programs.

    ACCESSORIES + STUFFED ANIMALS

    Country: PeruTechnique: HANDCRAFTING WITH ALPACA PLUSH

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    Pom Pom Bracelet

    $ 9.00 $ 12.00

    Gift this bracelet to the most colorful person in your life. This fun elastic bracelet looks great on children and adults alike. Each purchase empowers artisans at Inspired Peru in...

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    • Approximately 3" diameter
    • Materials: thread and hypoallergenic alpaca hair
    • No animal cruelty is involved in the sourcing of the alpaca hair.
    • As with all handmade items, variations in color or details may occur

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    Pom Pom Bracelet

    $ 9.00
    $ 12.00
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    Alpaca Stuffed Animal - Lion

    $ 24.00

    Little ones will roar for this fluffy lion. Gift this lion to the brave little one in your life. Each purchase empowers artisans at Inspired Peru in Peru. Details Small:...

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    • Small: approximately 5-6"
    • Large: approximately 11-12"
    • Materials: hypoallergenic alpaca hair and synthetic fiber
    • No animal cruelty is involved in the sourcing of the alpaca hair
    • Care instructions: Spot clean with a damp towel
    • As with all handmade items, variations in color or details may occur

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    Pom Pom Necklace

    $ 10.50 $ 14.00

    Gift this necklace to the most colorful person in your life. This fun elastic necklace looks great on children and adults alike. Each purchase empowers artisans at Inspired Peru in Peru....

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    • Approximately 17" long
    • Materials: thread and hypoallergenic alpaca hair
    • No animal cruelty is involved in the sourcing of the alpaca hair.
    • As with all handmade items, variations in color or details may occur

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    Pom Pom Necklace

    $ 10.50
    $ 14.00
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    Alpaca Stuffed Animal - Cinnamon Bear

    $ 24.00

    Little ones will love this bear-y much. This fluffy stuffed animal is a great gift for baby showers and kids' birthdays. Each purchase empowers artisans at Inspired Peru in Peru....

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    • Small: approximately 5-6"
    • Large approximately 11-12"
    • Materials: hypoallergenic alpaca hair and synthetic fiber
    • No animal cruelty is involved in the sourcing of the alpaca hair
    • Care instructions: Spot clean with a damp towel
    • As with all handmade items, variations in color or details may occur

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    artisan: Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative

    Based in Jordan, Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative has empowered a community of skilled craftswomen since 1993. The artisans are mostly single women from rural indigenous communities, and many of them have worked with the cooperative since its beginnings. The income earned through Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative is essential to supporting their livelihoods, especially considering the current decrease in farmland that has left many community members in poverty.

    Ceramics

    Country: IraqTechnique: HAND-GLAZING + SLIP-CASTING

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    Ceramic Hand Tray - Light Blue

    $ 18.00

    Stash your smaller items in this ceramic tray shaped like the Hand of Fatima, a protective symbol found throughout the Middle East and northern Africa. Every piece is completely unique...

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    • Small approximately: 1.5" long x 8" wide
    • Large approximately: 3" long x 12" wide
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Ceramic Hand Tray - White

    $ 18.00

    Stash your smaller items in this ceramic tray shaped like the Hand of Fatima, a protective symbol found throughout the Middle East and northern Africa. Every piece is completely unique...

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    • Small approximately: 1.5" long x 8" wide
    • Large approximately: 3" long x 12" wide
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Ceramic Hand Tray - White

    $ 18.00 - $ 28.00
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    Ceramic Hand Tray - Black

    $ 18.00

    Stash your smaller items in this ceramic tray shaped like the Hand of Fatima, a protective symbol found throughout the Middle East and northern Africa. Every piece is completely unique...

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    • Small approximately: 1.5" long x 8" wide
    • Large approximately: 3" long x 12" wide
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Ceramic Hand Tray - Black

    $ 18.00 - $ 28.00
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    Ceramic Hand Tray - Dark Blue

    $ 18.00

    Stash your smaller items in this ceramic tray shaped like the Hand of Fatima, a protective symbol found throughout the Middle East and northern Africa. Every piece is completely unique...

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    • Small approximately: 1.5" long x 8" wide
    • Large approximately: 3" long x 12" wide
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    artisan: Kenana Knitters

    Located in the agricultural community of Njoro in Kenya, Kenana Knitters works with 580 artisans including indigenous peoples. The artisans have had few income earning opportunities because of limited access to formal educational opportunities and their family responsibilities. By working with Kenana Knitters, they can earn a sustainable income, create long-term economic plans, and take care of their families with a flexible work schedule. Health clinics are run free of charge at Kenana Knitters. The organization also offers community development workshops, household finance training, literacy programs, and health and hygiene programs.

    Finger + hand puppets

    Country: KenyaTechnique: Knitting

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    Knitted Finger Puppet Set - Farm Animals

    $ 30.00

    Little hands will love these tiny finger puppet friends. The perfect companions while singing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” This set includes five hand-knit farm animals made with organic cotton:...

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    • Approximately: 8" tall
    • Care instructions: Wash by hand in tepid water or on wool cycle. Lay flat to dry and reshape.
    • Materials: 100% organic cotton and organic dyes
    • One size fits most.
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Knitted Finger Puppet Set - Outback Animals

    $ 30.00

    Crikey, these animals are fun! Little hands will love these tiny finger puppet friends. This set includes five hand-knit outback animals made with organic cotton: alligator, turtle, dolphin, kangaroo, and...

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    • Approximately: 8" tall
    • Care instructions: Wash by hand in tepid water or on wool cycle. Lay flat to dry and reshape.
    • Materials: 100% organic cotton and organic dyes
    • One size fits most.
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Knitted Hand Puppet - Tiger

    $ 16.00

    A friendly feline as unique as a tiger's stripes. Complete with adorable detailing, like yarn whiskers and black stripes, this tiger hand puppet is hand-knit with organic cotton and fits...

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    • Approximately: 8" tall
    • Care instructions: Wash by hand in tepid water or on wool cycle. Lay flat to dry and reshape.
    • Materials: 100% organic cotton and organic dyes
    • One size fits most.
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    Knitted Hand Puppet - Monkey

    $ 16.00

    No monkey business here, just a lovable jungle-inspired friend. Complete with adorable detailing, like yarn hair and dainty ears, this hand puppet is hand-knit with organic cotton and fits both...

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    • Approximately: 8" tall
    • Care instructions: Wash by hand in tepid water or on wool cycle. Lay flat to dry and reshape.
    • Materials: 100% organic cotton and organic dyes
    • One size fits most.
    • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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    artisan: Macvilho

    Macvilho was founded by a group of Tzotzil Maya artisan women from the Mexican state of Chiapas. Through the creation of decorative accents and textiles, they have preserved traditional Maya techniques. Modern machinery is not used at any stage of the production cycle. Selling their goods to a global audience creates more employment opportunities for the artisans at Macvilho, allowing them to lead better lives supplemented by the additional income.

    accessories

    Country: MexicoTechnique: POM POM + TASSEL MAKING

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    Pom Pom Keychain - Maroon

    $ 7.50 $ 10.00

    Keep track of your keys with a vibrant pom pom keychain. This darling detail makes for a great accessory to your keys or clutch. Each purchase empowers female artisans at...