The Trades of Hope Fall 2021 Collection is available now! I’m Legit SO PUMPED for the colors in this launch! If you know me, I’m a total fall colors girl! I’ll wear them year-round with no shame. This collection did not disappoint!
Introducing our Autumn 2021 Keepsake Collection — where rediscovery and reflection meet hope for the future
“We are rediscovering the beauty of sweet memories in our Keepsake Collection for Autumn 2021. With this season the mementos of our beautiful Artisans are on full display surrounding us with new treasures and meaningful investments. Each piece is more than a beaded earring or handcrafted leather bag… they hold weightier significance because of the fortitude of the woman who creates these treasures. The past year has provided us with a renewed understanding of what it is to be treasured and valued. So, this season we aim to add thought-provoking pieces with a modern twist.”
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I’ll share some of my favorite pieces from a few of the most popular categories, and you can check out the rest and SHOP on the website!
Take a look at the digital version of the Fall Style Board here(click HERE to shop):
These were headed straight to my cart the moment I laid eyes on them! Statement earrings are my weakness, and these colors!!
These stunning fair-trade statement earrings are named in honor of Mosmeen, one of our strong women Artisan partners who has become a voice for marginalized women in India. Each pair of Mosmeen Earrings features rectangular, faceted, genuine smoky quartz stone studs with rows of burgundy, pink, coral and white glass beads in gold-tone frames. Three burgundy tassels add a touch of Artisanal Indian style.
These unique Artisanal earrings are handcrafted in a workshop in India that’s committed to fighting child marriage and helping women become financially independent as fair-trade Artisans.
Handcrafted by women in India, like Mosmeen.
Mosmeen’s Story of Hope
I was married off at a very young age to a man from another village. This is the tradition in our village. When the girls become teenagers, they are married off by their parents for a better life. The girls have no say. Sadly, some years later, my husband deserted me. I was left alone with my three children and no security or dignity.
Now I’m happy that I’ve become independent. We have our dignity and economic security. All three of my children can go to school, and I’m also able to support other female Artisans in my village.
How They’re Made:
I’ve never seen anything like these! I love it when we add earring jackets to our shop, because you can wear them with different earrings to change up the look! You can wear the genuine Jasper stone studs on their own, or add the hoop!
These are Handcrafted in Peru by women like Estefany.
Estefany’s Story of Hope
“I’m studying business management to start my own business. I was studying at an institute and my family helped me with my expenses. But most Peruvian families suffered during the pandemic. I needed to get a job. It was difficult for me, because during the first months, none of my parents were working. So, I was the only person who could bear all the expenses. My studies were stopped.
But now I’m able to work and study at the same time. I think working with Trades of Hope is helping my family because I feel we are economically stable. Without my work, I wouldn’t have resumed my studies in the institute. Now I am studying again, that makes me feel complete, because my job and studies are the gate to achieve my dreams.”
This colorful and fun stretch bracelet is made by women rescued from the brothels of North Asia. Each Arise Bracelet features genuine dyed agate stones with mesmerizing “crackle” textures, 14k gold-plated accents, and a soft navy tassel. Every purchase helps a sex trafficking survivor in North Asia “arise” out of poverty by empowering her with safe housing, health care, trauma counseling, job skills training, and dignified income.
Handcrafted in North Asia (country not named for safety reasons) by women like ÄãGong.
‚ÄãGong’s Story of Hope
Artisan leaders in North Asia recently shared the amazing news that Gong, the young woman featured in our Arise Bracelet Artisan photos, is one of their newest Artisans! This Artisan community is committed to rescuing women from brothels in North Asia and empowering them to begin new lives filled with dignity and hope.
As trafficking survivors receive trauma counseling, safe housing, vocational training, and dignified job opportunities, they’re encouraged to learn, grow, and share their stories at their own pace and on their own terms. “Sometimes it’s difficult for new team members to share their story right away. We are so proud of these women and are glad they wanted to participate in this photo shoot!” – Artisan leaders in North Asia
So as Gong continues to experience healing and hope as an Artisan, we continue to cheer her on, and when she’s ready to share her story of hope, we’ll be ready to help her share it with the world!
How it’s Made:
This is a deep green bag with the beautiful interior design that matches our Floral Wristlet. I’ve never owned a designer handbag, but I feel this bag must be right on par quality-wise, & the price is amazing for being a fair trade bag.
Handcrafted in India by women like Rafiqan.
Rafiqan’s Story of Hope:
Rafiqan lives near Jaipur, a city renowned for its legendary artisanal workshops. Extreme poverty in many of the surrounding villages often results in the exploitation of vulnerable Artisans – especially women – in sweatshops with unsafe workspaces, unreasonable hours, and unfair wages. Committed to empowering Artisans, this workshop trained Rafiqan in the art of leather crafting. She began as a materials cutter and can now make an entire bag – from start to finish – by herself! Now Rafiqan is able to earn a living wage in a safe clean workspace. Your purchase helps Rafiqan earn enough income to provide for her family’s needs and send her children to school.
Purchase this piece and empower a woman in India!
Love it when Trades of Hope gives us more rings! I used to wear so many rings as a teen, but I calmed down after getting engaged. Looking forward to getting back into wearing more rings with this one!
This Silver Lattice Ring from North Asia is the ultimate combination of delicate feminine detail and modern style. Designed to coordinate with your other favorite designs from our Keepsake Collection, this ring’s signature darker silver tones of 100% stainless steel create a beautiful, durable, and unique finish.
Handcrafted in North Asia by women like Dee.
Dee’s Story of Hope:
As trafficking survivors receive trauma counseling, safe housing, vocational training, and dignified job opportunities through this Artisan community, they’re encouraged to learn, grow, and share their stories of hope at their own pace and on their own terms.
“Over the last quarter, we’ve had four new women join our program. What has excited us the most is that two of the women were recruited by another woman already in our program! Because of her bravery two new women are now experiencing freedom at this Artisan community! One of them is Dee, the Artisan featured in our Silver Lattice Ring photoshoot!
Sometimes it’s difficult for new team members to share their story right away. We are so proud of these women and are glad they wanted to participate in this photo shoot!” – Artisan leaders in North Asia
The Impact of Your Purchase
In North Asia, poverty encourages sexual exploitation of women in brothels. These women want to provide for their families but have few options. Your purchase helps provide sex trafficking survivors with holistic care, dignified income, and hope.
Scarves are one of my favorite things that we carry! I love the colors in this scarf, and that the pattern isn’t too busy. Of course I’m gonna love this one, because one of the colors is described as “Tawny Rose”… that’s me! Did you know that Tawny is the name of a color? It means reddish brown/orange… I would say they described the color perfectly!
Manisha means “wise” in Sanskrit, one of India’s oldest traditional languages. Artisans in India screen print this soft, cream, semi-sheer scarf with earth-toned olive, navy, burgundy, and tawny rose abstract designs. Each lightweight flowing scarf is finished on each end with a light, feminine fringe.
Designed to coordinate beautifully with your Kalpana Top and Jasper Convertible Hoops, this scarf is a classic wardrobe favorite with a modern twist. Every purchase creates safe jobs with fair wages in areas of extreme poverty in India.
Handcrafted by women in India like Shefali
Shefali’s Story of Hope, in her own words:
“Life in my community is dominated by the men. That is exactly why Trades of Hope plays a very important role, as it lays down the path for us women to support ourselves and reduce dependency on men. Trades of Hope has insured fair wages and work gender equality which has helped us earn more than before. It has given me more financial independence. We are now able to maintain better standards of living like better hygiene, better healthcare, and better education for my child.
My dreams are not fictional or unrealistic. I wish to lead a very simple and happy life. My dream is to see more women from my community joining work. I always work toward encouraging them to become financially independent.”
This top is MY COLOR! I absolutely love this piece, it looks so flattering and comfy!
Enjoy comfort in style with this elegant, washable rosy-rust top from India. It offers an everyday wardrobe win-win with the feel of casual wear, but the elegant look of loose-fit satin and feminine 3/4-length bell sleeves with Indian jali-inspired, latticework accents.
Designed to coordinate with your other favorite Keepsake Collection designs, complete your look with our Manisha Scarf and Jasper Convertible Hoops. Every purchase creates safe jobs with fair wages for women in areas of extreme poverty in India.
This top is named in honor of Kalpana Chawla, who was the first female astronaut of Indian origin to go into space.
Handcrafted in India by women like Kainat.
Kainat’s Story of Hope
During the last wave of Covid in India, I lost my husband. He was the sole earning member of our family. When Rabia and Akash came to know about my state, they called me and gave me this job. I’ve stitched about 80 Sage Maya Tops! I’ve also checked and packed almost 200 of them!
Getting a fixed income and job security has been life changing. My dream is to not be worried about my basic monthly expenses. I want to give my child a secure life and a good education. Now that I’m getting a monthly salary, I don’t have to be worried about our household expenses, my son’s clothes, or house rent. It’s a blessing!
The Impact of Your Purchase
Using traditional craftsmanship and techniques passed down for generations, Artisans in India create beautiful traditional designs with modern function. Every purchase supports women and families in areas of extreme poverty by providing safe jobs and fair wages in communities where vulnerable women are often exploited in sweatshops.
Which piece (or pieces) are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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