Fringe Placemat - Natural
made in El Salvador
by weavers preserving techniques with an emphasis on environmentally friendly practices
Add the final touch to your table décor with these handmade placemats.These hand-woven table linens are not only functional, but they add just the right touch to any dining table. Each purchase empowers artisans at Lula Mena in El Salvador.
Fringe Placemat - Natural | 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" long x 12.5" wide
- Materials: 60% cotton, 40% polyester
- Care instructions: spot wash with damp cloth or machine wash in delicate and lay flat to dry
- As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur
Based out of El Salvador, Lula Mena is a microenterprise working with approximately 75 artisans between the ages of 23 and 65. The artisans live in at-risk communities, and, by working with Lula Mena, they receive a fair income and maintain job security to help themselves and their households. Lula Mena is the designer behind the beautiful fair trade goods, and she practices conscious design while developing sustainable and ethical products. The design is based on five principles: eco-friendly practices, handmade, fair trade, innovation, and women empowerment.
The process begins with Lula designing a product, and then the necessary materials, such as cotton and polyester threads for throws and pillows, natural seeds, and copper threads, are gathered, a prototype is created, Lula approves, and production begins. These products are made on a traditional foot loom and on a traditional shuttle loom, and the first step of the weaving process is to warp the threads. The threads are folded and wrapped, weaved and warped, and glued and united in the loom. The mind and hands coordinate with the movement of the feet to create these pieces on the looms. On average, three artisans work together in a group to create each hammock, and two artisans partner up to create each pillow. The technique originated from the Spanish.
El Salvador, or the Republic of El Salvador, is both the smallest and the most densely populated country located in Central America, according to the World Factbook. It is situated between Guatemala and the Honduras to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Known as the “Land of Volcanoes,” El Salvador has over 20 active volcanoes, including “Izalco,” the most active volcano in Central America. The climate in El Salvador is very tropical, with warm temperatures as well as heavy rains in the fall and winter.
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.