Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bangles from Nepal

Ten Thousand Villages, located in Victoria Crossing on Grand Avenue in St. Paul,  is a not-for-profit retail gift shop that sells crafts made by artisans in over 30 developing countries.  Its mission is to provide vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America.

Women in Nepal wear glass bangles (positioned in the lower right hand corner); those that break are then fashioned into objects, which they sell for income.  The picture frame and square box are all made from bits and pieces of broken bangles. 

I have been searching for a volunteer experience, and I believe I've found one.  If you need to find me, come looking for me at Ten Thousand Villages.

11 comments:

  1. Are you serious about the volunteer experience, Kate? Would you have to travel?

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  2. That would be a neat shopping experience as well as volunteer job!

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  3. Julie and I like to support indigenous artisans on our travels and have decorated our house with an eclectic mixture of art from 6 continents. We will have to check out this place when we visit my brother in Minnesota sometime. Thank you for telling us about it and thank you for volunteering.

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  4. Brattcat, The volunteering would be in the retail store. How I love to travel...don't I wish!! I have travelled all over the world in the 80's and 90's but have confined most of my trips to México since I retired. Am now a committed snow bird.

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  5. Something really interesting is happening here...

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  6. Great colourful composition, Kate!

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  7. I like these colorful works of art! They would brighten up a room. Great picture, Kate.

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  8. This is something worth while. And I for one hopes it works. It sure makes a smaller footprint on Earth than going through dozens of middle men.

    And, How about the lady, I think, who gave small loans to ladies in India so they could start their own businesses. Not only did they start them but paid off the loans.

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  9. Very bright, colorful, pretty frames - and for a good "cause!" I had coffee and treats at "Pardon my French" cafe' yesterday with a friend; we looked at my India trip album.

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  10. your photo is excellent and the cause behind it even more compelling. in answer to your question, I have not taken any moon photos this weekend. I need to try tonight but we shall see. thanks for the reminder.

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  11. What a wonderful portrait! Congratulations on finding a cause worth supporting.

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