It is possible that art and craft produced with upcycled materials can create an income for communities in developing countries by way of fair trade initiatives.
One such enterprise, The Base Project, partners with two artisan cooperatives in Northern Namibia. Two Kunene based tribes Himba and Herero, create hand-cut and carved unisex bracelets.
Each bracelet has a unique coloring which is a combined result of organic sun exposure and the deep red ochre-tinted soil. Inspiration for the designs come from the wildlife, landscape, and rich tribal history of the region.
The Base Project creates jobs and invests in community development projects in the artisans region by selling bracelets as unique fashion accessories to the US market and beyond.
Bracelets are available to buy from thebaseproject.com, Anthropologie, and TOMS Marketplace, prices start from $22. Bracelets arrive in a colourful fabric pouch, which would make a lovely gift for anyone.
Recycled Fashion has been offered two bracelets c/o The Base Project to giveaway to one blog reader, one medium and one thin bracelet. To win a set, enter via Rafflecopter below.
Entries close on 31 December 2013.
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