It’s Fashion Revolution Week!

From April 23rd through April 29th this year we celebrate Fashion Revolution Week. Why? Because five years ago this week, on April 24th, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Bangladesh and killed 1,138 people. While it was a horrible tragedy, many factories are doing a great job taking care of their workers. We have…

5 Reasons to Shop Fair Trade

The words “Fair Trade” have hit the trend radar lately, but it’s way more than just purchasing beautiful, artisan crafted products. It’s a movement and lifestyle for many of us who want to make a difference across the globe.  There are many reasons to shop Fair Trade. Here are our top 5! 1. Fair Trade…

Guatemalan Traditions: Natural Dyes

Income is more valuable than ever for women in Guatemala, as construction jobs are disappearing for their husbands. Many women are now the sole wage earners in their households. With pressure to support their families and raise their children, Natural Dye Co-ops are popping up all over Guatemala. Unique Batik partners with natural dye artisans…

10 Simple Ideas for Summer Entertaining

This is our absolute favorite time of year. The warmer temperatures outside have everyone out of their winter slumber and ready to get social. Whether you want to host a backyard barbecue or a weekend brunch, we have 10 Simple Ideas to make Backyard Entertaining an absolute breeze! 1.Design an easy menu Choose easy dishes…

New for Spring – Florecita Line

Coco Chanel iconisized the Little Black Dress, a simple design that any woman could keep in her closet and dress up or down depending on the occasion. Created to match anything and everything, the versatility of a basic wardrobe piece is the reason that the LBD continues to resonate nearly 100 years later. And our…

Artisan Spotlight: Carmelita Ramos

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re reposting this Artisan Spotlight on one of our favorite leaders: Carmelita Ramos. Enjoy! Sparkling beads dance across her hands as Carmelita Ramos creates earrings and bracelets to sell to customers in the distant land of the United States. Her dreams of earning a living and educating her children…

Principles of Fair Trade: Capacity Building

We have all heard the old adage “give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.” Perhaps a better adage for the world of fair trade would be “buy fish from a man for a fair price, he eats for a year; show him…

Molding a Better Future: Ceramics of San Antonio Palopo

The highlands of Guatemala have a rich geological history; through years of volcanic eruptions, various types of rock, sand, and ash have combined to create channels of clay in the exposed river systems of the highland valleys. This clay is perfect for making high quality ceramics. In the 1990s, his search for just such a…

Trashy Bags: Fantastic in Plastic

Sometimes, innovations that solve one pressing problem cause another.  This is the case with the inexpensive and readily available sachets of drinking water for sale all over Ghana.  The sachets look like little pillows, and to drink one, you just tear off the corner with your teeth and squeeze the water into your mouth.  This…

Fashion Adventures in Ghana

  A few years ago, my family and I returned to the small village in Togo, West Africa, where I met my husband.  The trip was quite an adventure for all of us, but especially my 11 year old daughter and my 8 year old son.  We flew into Accra, the capital of Ghana, and…