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copper interior accessories: meet the makers

makers home accessories copper interior

Our special collection of copper interior accessories is made in India. We’d like to tell you a little bit more about the makers and show you how these products are made. For the design an production of the collection consisting of copper bowls and tea light holders we work together with Studio Coppre from India.

They design and produce copper interior accessories. The artisans they work with are highly skilled in traditional copper work.

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jamdani, traditional art of weaving from Dhaka

dhakai jamdani weaving

Jamdani is a traditional form of weaving that originated in Dhaka. It’s a sheer cotton fabric with vivid patterns woven on a handloom. Unesco recognises jamdani as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Technique

Weaving jamdani takes a lot of time, because the motifs are very intricate. Weavers create the motifs directly on the loom using the discontinuous weft technique. This means they insert an extra weft thread to weave the motifs with.

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The missing women of India & Bangladesh

missing women india bangladesh

Inspired by an article in The Guardian about missing women in India, I’d like to share some thoughts with you about the position of women in India & Bangladesh. If you’ve been following our journey, you’ve probably heard me talking about all kinds of abuse many women in these countries endure, such as trafficking and slavery. Today I would like to delve a little deeper. Why is abusive behaviour towards women so rife?

The article in The Guardian I mentioned is about more than 63 million women who are “missing” statistically across India,

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cruelty free merino wool for our scarves

merino sheep cruelty free merino wool

We only use cruelty free merino wool for our collection of woolen scarves. Unfortunately we know a lot of merino wool is produced under cruel circumstances. Merino sheep in Australia are often mulesed. Let’s explain a bit more about the practice of mulesing and also about how our wool is mulesing-free.

Mulesing is the removing of skin around the buttocks of sheep. Unfortunately this is often done without pain relief measures, so that can be pretty painful for the sheep.

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to the happiness of words: notebook in Happinez Magazine

notebook carnet d'ecriture happinez magazine

Such a poetic text on our notebook in Happinez Magazine. Everything sounds more beautiful in French.

Au bonheur des mots
Ce ravissant carnet d’écriture en jute recyclé recouvert de sari en soie jaune agrémentée de motifs floraux doux et poétiques sera le confident de vos rêves éveillés, de vos plus beaux poèmes, de vos collages… Toutes ces petites graines de créativité que nous relisons avec plaisir des années après.

To the happiness of words
This delightful notebook from recycled jute is covered with a yellow silk sari with soft and poetic flower motifs will be the confidant of your day dreams,

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baby blanket in happinez happi home: embroidered with heart

baby quilt couverture matelassee happinez magazine

Our baby blanket in Happinez! The French Happi Home, a special edition of Happinez Magazine, published a wonderful article on our kantha sari quilts.

Brodeé avec le coeur
Au Bengale, les femmes assemblent et brodent d’anciens saris pour donner naissance à ces sublimes couvertures matelassées. Tulsi Crafts travaille avec une ONG pour leur garantir un revenue équitable.

Embroidered with heart
In Bengal women put together and embroider old saris and give life to these sublime quilted blankets.

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Is fairtrade really fair?

is fairtrade really fair

Is fairtrade really fair? Dutch journalist Teun van de Keuken doesn’t think so. Unfortunately we have to agree with him, but his statement also asks for some nuance. The question we need to ask first is what the definition of fairtrade actually is.

The Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant from May 15 2017 published and interesting column (in Dutch) by Teun van de Keuken. He agues that fairtrade is hardly more than a way for middlemen such a supermarkets to make a profit,

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ethical cycling clothing: fair wear friday #5

ethical cycling clothing fair wear

Today our search for ethical clothing leads us to a quest for ethical cycling clothing. When ‘normal’ clothes are involved I’ve become quite good at finding ethical fashion, as I’ve found some favourite brands to look out for. You might have seen them in our earlier fair wear friday posts. But ethical sports clothing is a different ball game. You buy sports kit less often, or at least that’s the case for me… I’ve started bicycle racing a while ago and the old kit was up for renewal.

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Thinking of Rana Plaza, Dhaka and Bangladesh

bustling dhaka bangladesh rickshaws

Today, while we remember Rana Plaza collapsing four years ago, let me tell you a bit about the Bangladesh I’ve come to know. A complicated country with many contradictions that somehow captured my heart in between all its troubles. About why Rana Plaza still matters and about what we can do.

The idea for Tulsi Crafts started in 2011, when visiting Bangladesh for Niketan Foundation. We visited Bangladesh for a few weeks and drove around bustling Dhaka in a CNG (a tuk tuk,

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Looking for a vegan handbag?

vegan handbags jute

Are you looking for a vegan handbag? We agree with you that the leather industry is not very sustainable. And why make products from leather when other materials are perfectly suitable as well?

leather industry in Bangladesh

The leather industry can cause tremendous environmental pollution and can be really bad for the health of the people working in it. Children work in the tanneries without protection against the hazardous chemicals that are used in the process.

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