Fair Trade Blue: For Those of You Who LOVE Blue

Fair Trade Blue: For Those of You Who LOVE Blue

August 17, 2020

Do you love blue? It turns out that blue is the favorite color of many fair trade fans! (According to one survey, it's the most popular color of both men and women in the US.) And there are so many wonderful shades to choose from.  

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A New Subversive Eco-System Based on Collaboration Instead of Competition

A New Subversive Eco-System Based on Collaboration Instead of Competition

August 13, 2020 2 Comments

Some days it seems like global civilization is collapsing around us. And business continues to fiddle while Rome burns. Competition still rules. It’s a game of winner-takes-all. Only the apex predators ultimately survive because they already have the money, sales, staff, connections, and visibility to beat out the competition. Bigger is better, and more is never enough. Income inequality grows daily. Even for small businesses, the object of the game to build YOUR brand and business, grow YOUR...

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The Power of Purple: A Fair Trade Gift Guide

The Power of Purple: A Fair Trade Gift Guide

August 06, 2020

Does the mystic color purple call to you? Check out the blog post and Fair Trade Gift Guide from fellow Fair Trade Federation member Sevya Handmade, which pulls together a collection of memorable handmade purple products from the artisans of HoonArts, Sevya Handmade, Dunitz & Company and Baskets of Africa. The blog also shares more about the history and meaning of the color purple, as well as the artisans behind these lovely products. 

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FEED THE NEED FOR RED--The Fair Trade Gift Guide

FEED THE NEED FOR RED--The Fair Trade Gift Guide

July 20, 2020

Explore this Fair Trade Gift Guide that showcases memorable handmade fair trade fashion and home decor items featuring the color red, from four Fair Trade Federation members working with artisans in Central Asia (HoonArts), India (Sevya Handmade), Guatemala (Dunitz & Company) and Africa (Baskets of Africa).

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Virtual Trunk Show: The Best Sellers

Virtual Trunk Show: The Best Sellers

July 14, 2020

Join us for our first Virtual Trunk Show, in which we showcase some of HoonArts' bestselling products and share some of the "backstory" behind them. Among the featured products are (1) the hand felted red poppy scarf from Seven Sisters of Kyrgyzstan,

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Chat with Changemakers: Cael Chappell, Baskets of Africa

Chat with Changemakers: Cael Chappell, Baskets of Africa

July 14, 2020

Join us for our chat with Cael Chappell, founder of fellow Fair Trade Federation member Baskets of Africa, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Cael has been the Fair Trade mentor for HoonArts from its earliest days.) Learn more about Cael's entrepreneurial journey from a 19-year-old working at an African art gallery to his leadership at Baskets of Africa, which now works with thousands of artisans in 17 African countries. Cael shares some of the challenges and joys he has experienced along the...

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Chat with Changemakers: Nancy Dunitz, Dunitz & Company

Chat with Changemakers: Nancy Dunitz, Dunitz & Company

July 09, 2020

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Handmade Felt Ornaments from Kyrgyzstan: Unboxed

June 03, 2020

Join HoonArts Founder Rikki Quintana for another "unboxing" event. This time, it's the latest shipment of handmade felt ornaments from Kyrgyzstan. Handmade by women at the rural cooperative "Kork" ("Hope" in the local Kyrgyz language), these little gems are perfect memorable gifts for children and adults alike.

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Preparing the Ikat Loom: From our Artisan Partners at Craft Studio IkatUz

May 31, 2020

In this little video, you will get a glimpse into the behind the scenes work that goes into spinning, dyeing and preparing the threads for the ikat weaving loom at Craft Studio IkatUz in Margilan, Uzbekistan. Special thanks to our colleague and artisan partisan Aziz Murtazaev and the Ethical Fashion Initiative for creating this video and allowing us to share it with our HoonArts audience.

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Ikat Weaving: Meet One of Uzbekistan's Master Ikat Weavers

May 31, 2020

Meet one of the master weavers from Craft Studio IkatUz in this video. Special thanks to our colleague and artisan partner Aziz Murtazaev and the Fashion Initiative for creating this glimpse into the world of ikat weaving in Uzbekistan and allowing us to share it with our HoonArts audience.

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Ikat weaving in Uzbekistan

The Vocabulary of Ikats

May 27, 2020

Central Asia has a long and rich history of textile traditions, including weaving, dyeing, embroidery, carpet making, patchwork and more. These textiles traveled the Silk Road in both directions for hundreds of years. One of the textile arts associated with the region that has gained popularity in the West in recent years is the world of "ikats." The term "ikat" is now typically understood in the West to refer to the dramatic and slightly blurred patterns inspired by the traditional colorful ...

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New Ikat Scarves Arrive from Uzbekistan

May 15, 2020

    Check out the brand new handwoven ikat scarves that just arrived from Uzbekistan! You can shop locally and have a global impact with these gorgeous silk and silk/cotton scarves--they make the perfect unforgettable (yet ethical) gift in these crazy times.

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