Friday, November 11, 2011

Introducing Yala's New Free Soul Collection

Yala has partnered with Nest, a U.S. based nonprofit that assists female artisans around the world to create successful small businesses through education and training. Nest instills pride of ownership, preserves ancient artistic traditions and successfully moves women from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Inspired, we visited a Nest sponsored workshop in Kolkata, India. Once there, we knew we wanted to help bring their beautiful crafts to a wider market.

Jewelry from nomadic gypsies:

These Indian women spend a good part of the year traveling away from their children to sell handmade traditional jewelry at religious festivals. By supporting their craft, we help them spend more time at home with their families.  A portion of the sales is used to build a school for their children. Enjoy the peace and reassurance these beads provide.

                         Yala's Eye Bead Necklace                                                           Yala's Wrap Braclet
With each piece of jewelry you can expect to find a story card that will introduce you to who made the piece and give you a little glimpse of her life in India...


                                              Nivesh - Set of 6 Bracelets

Destiny Scarves:

Handmade by Indian women formerly trafficked in the sex trade. With few marketable skills, these women have a huge challenge in finding a new way to support themselves.  With the help of Nest, these women now support themselves as traditional block print artisans and have changed the course of their lives. We salute their bravery and commitment and admire the vibrancy of their fresh and colorful scarf designs.

By purchasing these products, you provide income and stability to these women, their families, and their communities.

Not just fair trade, empowering trade.

Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala

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