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Annual World Craft Fair at Restoration Fellowship

By Carole Nasralla
Special to The SUN

Discover a world of difference.

Immerse yourself in a world of colors, textures, aromas, flavors and sounds — a world of difference with exquisite home decor, personal accessories and gifts handcrafted by artisans from around the world. Artisans whose work isn’t just their livelihood, but an expression of their culture.

From Friday, Nov. 30, to Sunday, Dec. 2, the seventh annual World Craft Fair invites you to escape the ordinary.

You’ll discover an exquisite collection of handmade gifts, home decor, Christmas decorations, musical instruments, toys, jewelry, personal accessories and more.

Located at Restoration Fellowship, the World Craft Fair will showcase handcrafted items marketed by Ten Thousand Villages, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit fair trade organizations in the world. Every item purchased at Ten Thousand Villages helps provide vital, fair income to artisans and their families. Artisans use the money they earn to improve their homes, educate themselves and their children and put food on the table — allowing them to live healthier lives of dignity. The artisans’ work also improves the economic vitality of their communities. Multiply this by tens of thousands of artisans and you can understand the global impact of Ten Thousand Villages.

Founded in 1946 by the Mennonite Central Committee, Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by artisans in more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating long-term buying relationships in which artisans receive a fair wage for their work and consumers have access to unique gifts, accessories and home decor from around the world.

Fair trade is a growing worldwide movement. Ten Thousand Villages is a founding and active member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), a global network of fair trade organizations whose mission is to improve the livelihoods and well-being of disadvantaged producers by linking and promoting fair trade organizations, and speaking out for greater justice in world trade. Ten Thousand Villages has been nationally recognized for its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, and was recently named a 2012 “World’s Most Ethical Company” for the fifth year in a row by the Ethisphere Institute.

The World Craft Fair will be held Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec.1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 4p.m. The sale is located at Restoration Fellowship, behind City Market.

For more information, contact Carole Nasralla at 731-0411.

Make a difference in your world: Shop Fair Trade.

This story was posted on November 28, 2012.