Black & White Tassel Necklace
made in Cambodia
by women who are survivors of trafficking and abuse
Wear accessories that help change the world. Make a statement for women artisans with this simple, yet stunning, tassel necklace. Each purchase empowers artisans at Penh Lenh in Cambodia.
Fair Trade Black & White Tassel Necklace | The Little Market
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Black & white agate and brass
- Approximately 21"
- Tassel approximately 1"
- Metal care instructions: Use warm water and mild soap to clean. Let air dry. Store in a soft, cloth bag.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.
In 2013, Rachel Dodson founded Penh Lenh, which is based in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. The organization has a mission of empowering marginalized and at-risk young females in Cambodia. Penh Lenh, which means “whole,” helps to provide a high quality of education, vocational training, career opportunities and professional skills, and finance and budget training to these young women who are part of the organization. This also ultimately benefits the larger community.
Artisans work as a team throughout the production process, and the time to make each fair trade bracelet or necklace varies depending on the piece; the production time can take 30 minutes to three hours. Penh Lenh’s artisans receive their production goals at the beginning of each day, and, based on the piece that they are making, they will often help each other with accomplishing these set goals. They receive a printed template so that they are aware of the design for the jewelry, and everyone conducts their own quality checks. Once the artisan finishes a quality check, another artisan and product manager will conduct quality checks on the product. Penh Lenh also provides artisans with training for packaging, so not only is each piece carefully handcrafted, it is also packaged with care. Originally, a goal for the beading technique was to use it for the therapeutic benefits that it provides, such as for those who are recovering from experiences such as an illness. The caring, motivated, and passionate artisans have experienced hardships in life and can take pride in the fact that they are creating a beautiful piece of jewelry that is of high quality.
Located in Southeast Asia, Cambodia has a mostly flat terrain with mountains in the southwestern and northern regions. Agriculture includes rice, corn, and vegetables, while popular industries are tourism, rice milling, fishing, wood, construction, and garments. The nation has seen strong economic growth and development in the recent past; from 2000 to 2010, the GDP grew at an average annual rate of more than 8 percent. However, Cambodia is one of the poorest nations within the continent of Asia.
Fair Trade Products
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.