Dotted Napkin - Navy
Made in India
by artisans preserving traditional techniques
Made sustainably using zero electricity, these napkins are woven from hand-spun, hand-dyed, and line-dried cotton yarn. They're also highly absorbent and get softer with every wash. Each purchase empowers artisans at Bloom & Give in India.
Cotton Napkin | Fair Trade | The Little Market
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Approximately 20" x 20"
- Care instructions: machine wash with like colors, tumble dry low, iron as cotton
- Materials: 100% Natural Cotton
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Bloom & Give
Based out of India, Bloom & Give is a social enterprise dedicated to empowering over 300 artisans, ages 25 to 65, through fair trade and dignified work. The social enterprise develops close, long-term partnerships with cooperatives and is deeply invested in their communities. It is dedicated to fair and prompt pay, safe and supportive work environments, and resources such as community development workshops and literacy programs. Bloom & Give also donates 10 percent of sales to girls’ education programs and partners with nonprofits committed in part to fostering girls’ education.
These napkins, towels, and pillows are handmade in Kannur, one of the three leading handloom communities within Kerala. The entire production process requires no electricity consumption; the yarn is hand-spun, hand-dyed, and line-dried and then woven on a handloom. This weaving heritage dates back at least 500 years and now faces competition from mechanized processes.
Its combination of spiritual depth, unmatched physical beauty, and cultural diversity makes India one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. A very diverse country, India is symbolized by the plurality of its culture, which reaches back about 5,000 years, making it one of the world's oldest cultures. With 1.237 billion people in 2012, India is the world’s largest democracy and fourth largest economy. In spite of the impressive economic growth it has seen in the last decade, for more than 400 million of India’s people (one-third of the world’s poor), crushing poverty and malnutrition are still harsh realities, and 29.8 percent of the total population fall below the international poverty line of US $1.25 per day. Moreover, in 2012, India ranked in the 136th place out of 187 countries in the 2013 Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which assesses long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.
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.