7 Fairly Traded Father’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day was just a few weeks ago and now Father’s Day is just around the bend (go ahead and put it in your calendar now…June 17th!). We’ve compiled a list of 7 fairly traded Father’s Day gifts perfect for that special Dad in your life. Asher Men’s Leather Bracelet It’s time to accessorize the…

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…

Pompom and tassel trend

We’re in full summer mode here at Unique Batik and we’ve got lots of great ideas to help you make the most of your adventures – in style. Do you love the pompom and tassel trend? From totes to clutches, we’ve got a variety to choose from in a range of colors for every occasion….

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…

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…

Honoring the endless circle of friendship

As summer transitions to fall, it may be time to, as the traditional children’s song says, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.” There’s no minimum to how many friends each person is required to have, but there’s no limit either As long as they’re true blue (as well…

How to tell if it’s fair trade?

Google “fair trade products” and you’ll be offered up hundreds of websites selling everything from food and wine, to coffee and tea, to apparel, jewelry and cotton. So the question arises: how do you tell if you’re really buying fair trade or not? Fair trade or not fair trade? The answer seems simple enough: the…

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…

Happy Living by Design

A handwritten sign in the offices of Design Niche spells out the group’s philosophy in green letters: to earn happy living for ourselves, families, and neighbours. In this small rural community in the Akwapim mountains, a thirty minute drive from the Ghanaian capital, Accra, a happy living is not always easily found. Although Ghana’s economy…