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Fair Trade Ostrich Egg jewelry from the San Bushmen Women of the Kalahari

We just got our first shipment of Ostrich Egg jewelry, made by the San Bushmen Women of the Kalahari.

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Ostrich eggshell beads are considered the first beads humans ever made, dating back over 50,000 years, with the San Bushmen women being the last people to make these beads as part of their tradition.

How the ostrich eggshell beads are made:

Photo courtesy of Women's Work and Kuru Family of Organizations

Photo courtesy of Women's Work and Kuru Family of Organizations

1.) The first step is to break the ostrich eggshells into chips.

2.) Then each chip is made round by a springbok horn or nail clippers-whichever is readily available.

3.) Next, a hole is started in each chip with a hand-drill then punched through with a small awl.
4.) Next the drilled chips are strung and laid across a wooden board. 5.) Using a whetstone, the chips are hand polished. The strings are wet, rubbed, then, wet some more. Through this tedious and strenuous task the rough chips are transformed into lovely luminous beads.

We sourced this beautiful jewelry from Celicia at Women’s Work, a fellow member of the Fair Trade Federation. Like many other products that we have managed to find over the past two years, this jewelry is great example of finding a market for a local tradition, using local (and sustainable) materials and giving a real sense of empowerment to the people of the region.

The purchase of these beads helps to preserve the San culture, bringing much-needed income to women deep in the heart of the Kalahari in Botswana.

We’ll be retailing these ‘pearls of the Kalahari’ at Global Fayre in downtown Springfield, and they will also be available shortly through our online store.

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June 9, 2009 at 14:03 18 comments

Global Fayre announces price reduction on Putumayo CD’s

We’re delighted to announce that with immediate effect the prices on all our Putumayo CDs has been reduced from $15.99 to $14.98.

This applies to sales in the Global Fayre store in downtown Springfield, MO as well as to sales through our online store at http://www.globalfayre.com.

We’d like to thank our friends at Putumayo for making this possible by lowering their wholesale price on the CDs.

So far as we are aware, this price reduction is a ‘permanent’ one, rather than a short-term promotion (though of  course prices are always subject to review and may change at any time).

Isn’t it GREAT to be able to give some good news?!

May 13, 2009 at 21:41 Leave a comment

Woven Hats from Ghana

We have some beautiful hats in the store, woven by the same people that make our market baskets.

We’re not going to put them in the online store, since buying a hat is one of those things that you really need to do in person.

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April 25, 2009 at 16:29 1 comment

First Friday was Fun!

First Friday Art Walk was fun last night.

We were lucky with the weather, and a good crowd came out early on.

Cheri Piche was here for the opening of her wonderful exhibit, Images from Africa and we had the bonus of an unexpected appearance from Randy Buckner, playing jazz guitar. You can check out more about Randy on MySpace and Facebook. Hopefully we’ll convince Randy to come back again, so we can let you know in advance!

Randy Buckner played at Global Fayre for the First Friday Art Walk

Randy Buckner played at Global Fayre for the First Friday Art Walk

April 4, 2009 at 15:13 Leave a comment

First Friday at Global Fayre, featuring “Images from Africa” by Cher Piche

The First Friday Art Walk (April 3, 6pm to 10 pm) sees the opening of a new exhibit from Cher Piche. “Images of Africa” runs from April 3 to April 26.

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Cher was born in Southern Africa in a time of peace and prosperity, and grew up on a farm enjoying the natural beauty around her. She and her husband lived in Africa for 40years raising 3 children there, before moving to the USA 9 years ago to open a business. They have had ties with the Springfield area for 15 years, and are happily settled on a small acreage just outside town.

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Here’s how Cher describes her work:

My love of sewing and a natural designing ability have allowed me to run my own business for many years, and quilting has become a passion over the last 10years. I soon learned I was not a conventional quilter, and branched out into Art Quilts where I could express my creativity!

I am inspired by God’s creation and love the scenery and animals of the world, which are embellished into my quilts. I do my work mostly freehand on my Longarm machine which has allowed me to express my subjects in a unique style of thread painting.

Please enjoy my quilts as I enjoy making them.

April 2, 2009 at 16:01 2 comments

Zimbabwe Binga Baskets

Our latest additions to the online store today are two beautiful Binga Baskets from Zimbabwe.

We don’t get many of these (though hopefully we will have more soon) so they are unlikely to be in the store for long.

Zimbabwe Binga Basket (Large)

Zimbabwe Binga Basket (Large)

Here’s some background to the baskets:

The remote Binga district is home to the severely disadvantaged BaTonga people. In the early 1960’s, their fertile lands were permanently buried in water during construction of one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, Lake Kariba, and they were forced to relocate to their current lands that are barren and difficult to farm.

Today, some women traditionally still use wild grasses and palm leaves dyed with tree bark to weave intricately patterned baskets. These shallow bowls are still used today to winnowgrains, especially the largest of sizes.

We get these baskets from a wholesaler called Baskets of Africa, (like Global Fayre, they are members of the Fair Trade Federation) and they give this description of what it takes to track them down:

Due to the politics in Zimbabwe, these baskets are becoming more difficult to come by. It was no easy task before the political situation began to heat up…

To start collecting, a two day bus trip out to the Binga area is taken with much of the second day being on dirt roads. Then our representative walks miles and miles to go hut by hut to find the ambuyas, the elderly grandmothers that still weave the higher quality baskets. He carries the baskets back to the bus depot and brings them to the capital city of Harare for tagging, packing and shipping to the US.

Why do we collect baskets in this manner instead of buying from consolidators and middlemen? This is the only way we can fully ensure that the weavers are paid fairly for their work while also ensuring we locate the highest quality Binga baskets available.

March 23, 2009 at 16:49 7 comments

Traditional Copper Measuring Bowls from Nepal

We got some beautiful new pieces yesterday from our friends at Ganesh Himal Trading. (we’ve been dealing with Ganesh ever since we formed Global Fayre and got involved in the Fair Trade movement)

Amongst them was a set of traditional copper measuring bowls from Nepal. They are so beautiful that we had to add them to the Global Fayre Online Store.

Of course, they are on the shelves in our store in downtown Springfield as well, so hopefully some of our regulars will get to see them before they are snapped up…..

Here’s an image of one of them:

Large copper measuring Bowl from Nepal

Large copper measuring Bowl from Nepal

March 17, 2009 at 22:19 Leave a comment

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