Chilean artisans handcraft these fused glass earrings from opaque and translucent glass. Measuring just over 0.5 inches in length, these delicate earrings hang from hypoallergenic hooks.
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Handcrafted in Chile, this necklace celebrates the colorful art of fused glass. The cord adjusts from 16 to 32 inches, and the pendant measures 1.25 inches long.
Meet the Artisans
|Calypso Chile is a family owned business that operates from the family home. Marcela Cofre and her husband supported their family by making women’s shoes until 1994 when the market for shoes dropped dramatically as cheaper imports flooded the market.
After dabbling in various types of crafts, Marcela found a particular talent for glass making, building a sustainable business to support her family as well as the families of others who she has trained to help make glass products, specializing in fashion jewelry. As a member of the WFTO, Marcela operates the business under the auspices of fair trade, ensuring that all of the artisans and craftspeople are paid a fair price for their work.
This innovative Shoulder bag is made from reclaimed soda pop tops by an artisan group in Mexico. Reduce Reuse and Recycle is a phrase they take to heart in making this flashy stylish and intriguing Shoulder bag. The purse is approximately 10 inches by 11 inches and has a 46 inch strap. The bag’s black lining zips closed, has an inside zipper pocket.
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The founders of BIO Imaginarte take the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” to heart. The focus of BIO when it began in 1992 was educating Mexico in the need to protect and restore the environment. Working with women who live in several villages as an aspect of its education efforts, BIO helped designed bags and other functional products that are made from manufactured materials, reusing aluminum pop tops, rubber from tires and plastic billboards, as well as recycling paper and candy wrappers. The women are paid a fair price for each piece that they make, which promotes the beauty of handmade products while addressing one of the main causes of environmental deterioration in Mexico – poverty.
Made from car and industrial seat belts, this tote with zipper closure is 13 inches wide by 11 inches tall, lined in recycled denim fabric and has an internal pouch for keys. The two seat belt straps are 21 inches long.