Equal Trade Handicrafts from around the World

Pokhara, Nepal · 0 Sales


Equal Trade Handicrafts from around the World

Pokhara, Nepal 0 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Erika Rosas

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Erika Rosas


Promoting Equal Trade and local craftsmanship around the world

Travelling and working abroad for most of my life, I always took great interest in discovering local cultures and handicrafts. Living in the middle of Marrakech's medina, I would walk through the crooked streets and muse among the scarfes, leather bags, ceramic tajines plates and other wonders seemingly fitting of Ali Baba's cavern. The markets of West Africa hypnotized me in turn with the explosion of colourful wax fabrics and mix of ancient traditional and ceremonial art juxtaposed with modern plastic chinese ustensils and kitchen ware.

Wanting to bring out this formidable array of colours, shapes and fabrics, I created this online shop, bearing in mind the craftsmens' needs to benefit from their creativity and labour. Strongly believing that improved social and economical justice can encourage a positive global change, I think that international trade should not only share profits in a « fair » way but also in a truly « equal » way.

Seeing that « fair trade » practices are sometimes only slightly « less worse » than our large-scale exploitative exchange system, I wish to apply the principles of fair trade whilst allowing the producer to attain a more substantial percentage (at least 50%) of the retail price.

Below are my criteria, inspired by Etsy's Ethical Expectations as well as the '10 Principles of Fair Trade' set out by the World Fair Trade Organization :

* No child, youth nor involuntary labour is involved in any part of the creation process
* Humane working conditions are guaranteed - I make sure that the working environment of all craftsmen is safe, comfortable and practical 
* Work in close partnership with specific chosen craftsmen - I meet the craftsmen in person and try to develop a respectful working relationship. I am not in link with any mass retailer or multinational organization of any sort 
* Respect for the local culture and the environment - I try to support the continuation of traditional skills and techniques by valuing them and their products. I also discuss with craftsmen how they take measures to minimize any harmful social or environmental impact 
* Half of the profits I make go directly to the craftsmen and/or their cooperatives  - I respect the price indicated by the craftsmen and I work with them to receive a correct amount for each item

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  • Tirtha Lama

    Thangka Painter

    Tirtha Lama is the owner of « Lord Buddha » thangka school and workshop in Pokhara. He offers Newari, Tibetan and Japanese styled thangkas. He has been painting for 20 years and this activity is his main source of income. He has 2 daughters and a son

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