Fall in love with India for your Feb. Subscription Box.
This month it's all about India empowerment. The impact there is needed and we are so excited to partner up with Matr this month and get to know their artisans who are beautiful crafters a bit more. Founder Jen Clyde will be teaming up and developing with them in April of 2019. We can't wait. In the mean time these Artisans need our help and we are excited to have them highlighted and create more impact with them for the month of February. There is such beautiful handmade painting and detail with this amazing arm party! Get to giving this month and find our more on your Artisans story .
Tribal Jewelry Group
The tribal jewelry group uses ancient techniques to handcraft unique copper and brass jewelry pieces. From the preparation of the recycled metals to the final embellishment, these craftspeople employ techniques that have been passed down for generations. When you receive a piece of tribal jewelry, you’re getting something infused with tradition and history.
The group is partnered with a local NGO that has been working tirelessly for the disadvantaged and marginalized communities in the area. They empower these artisans through job training, policy research, and development projects. Additionally, the jewelry group receives a livable wage and more skills training through our Fair Trade partnership and efforts from SETU.
The Importance of Preservation
Like a family heirloom passed down for generations, these jewelry making techniques are part of an artisan’s inheritance. Moreover, this art form is a symbol of tribal identity and a way to honor their heritage. You can imagine a mother teaching her children these techniques and retelling old family stories. Their art has a memory. Making this jewelry available to an international marketplace helps them have the resources they need to continue to practice their craft and share their story with the world.
In addition to this workshop, They've helped educate this group on children’s rights, gender issues, and trade opportunities. The success of the workshop was incredibly motivating—plans for additional workshops/seminars are in the works.
Fair Trade is a holistic system balancing opportunity, wage, environmental concerns, and human rights among other things. Preserving this jewelry art form is as much about a bright future as it is about a rich tribal history. We’d like to work together with our partners to make sure we’re preparing for tomorrow and reflecting on where we came from. More from Matar can be found below on the impact video. We are excited we got to know them and are excited to see what happens in our future development with Matar and their amazing work in India. Thanks to Matar and the Crafters for helping in the creation of Feb. Love Armparty.