Girl's Mini Heart Purse - Elephants
Made in the United States
by refugee women using vintage textiles
Show some love for your little one with this little heart-shaped bag. Handmade and hand-woven with recycled fabrics, it's just the right size. Each purchase supports female refugees at GAIA in the United States.
Heart Purse - Elephants | Fair Trade | The Little Market
- Approximately 7" wide x 7" tall; 15" strap
- Care instructions: Spot clean fabric.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
GAIA’s mission is to empower marginalized refugee women living in Dallas, Texas through employment, encouragement, and dedication to their long-term success here in the US The refugee women transform vintage and artisan-made textiles into home and and personal accessories, with a focus on sustainability and quality design. Through a living wage and continued training and development, GAIA’s goal is to help lead these resilient women to financial independence and self-sufficiency.
The Dallas team creates designs that are based on the artisans’ skills. For example, some of the women have sewing skills, and they can often sew from home with smaller machines. Other women will work on making jewelry based on GAIA’s designs. Most of the vintage and recycled textiles come from throughout the world, such as Africa, Guatemala, Mexico, and Thailand, while GAIA’s exclusive designs are hand-woven by artisans who are located in India.
The United States of America is the third largest country in the world. ‘The land of the free’ is also the third most populous, and the most diverse country in the world. America owes this diversity to the abundant and continuous waves of immigrants, who have brought their own cultures and traditions to a vast new country. As most of the early settlers were of European origin, the country was distinctly European in customs, arts, music, and cuisine even before becoming an independent nation. However, with the new influx of immigrants from other parts of the world, the U.S. culture is now influenced by Native American, African, Polynesian, and especially Asian and Latin American. These immigrant populations have transformed American society into a truly multicultural and multiethnic mosaic. These many layers of diversity are reflected in the vast variety of artistic styles and hand-craft work. American artisans work with traditional craft materials and processes such as woodworking, textiles, metalworking, glassblowing, ceramics, etc.
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.