Today we're celebrating Fair Tuesday
! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are gone, so now it's time for a post-Thanksgiving shopping tradition you can feel good about. Fair Tuesday is an ethical shopping initiative that works to inspire conscious consumerism
Everyday purchases from brands and businesses that give back can change lives in whole communities, and Lydali stands by this idea through our work with artisans around the world. Fair Tuesday gets people thinking about where the products they buy are coming from and focuses on fair trade, ethical, and eco-friendly brands.
To celebrate and make Fair Tuesday a little sweeter, we're offering FREE SHIPPING today only! Use our code FAIRFREE at checkout and your items will ship for free.
Lydali works with dozens of artisan producer groups from countries all around the globe. When you buy our naturally organic Prismatic Alpaca Throw, you can use it knowing it was traditionally handwoven by artisans in Ecuador who are a part of a sustainable partnership that provides them with fair pay. Every time you put on the Bull Skull Ring, you can think of Tubes and Nyoman, the two Balinese metalworkers who have been promoting local island culture through their small jewelry-making business for 10 years, and are able to continue thanks to purchases like yours.
Whether it's a gift for a loved one or a treat for yourself, make purchases that make a difference.
Also be sure to check out the amazing work of other brands and businesses that are celebrating Fair Tuesday!
Don't forget to use FAIRFREE at checkout with Lydali today for free shipping!
Invite Lydali to your holiday party this year! Our Bull Horn Cuff
is the perfect accent for any celebration – whether it's the office get-together, the family feast, or a soiree with friends. Check out how we styled the bull horn cuff for the season with neutrals and a deep green!
What would you wear with the cuff?
Today is World AIDS Day.
Since 1988, December 1st has been recognized as day to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died from AIDS-related disease.
More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today an estimated 34 million people have HIV.
While significant scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, World AIDS Day reminds the public that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
There's so much of India to see, and today we're wanderlusting after a tiny sliver that our friend Sionnie
has captured on her travels with Light the World
Such a life-filled, colorful place.
"Necessity was turning these women into entrepreneurs. With no jobs available and no employers willing to hire them, they were making their own way, creating businesses that would help them feed their children."
Today we're taking a look at "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana" by journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, who traveled to Afghanistan to uncover the stories of the female entrepreneurs who worked to provide for their families and communities during the time of war and the Taliban.
There she met Kamila Sidiqi, who fearlessly started a dressmaking business for dozens of women when they were unable to leave the house without the threat of danger.
The book follows Kamila has she learns to make dresses to discreetly sell to shops at the local markets and keep her family together. She and her four sisters all sew and work together to produce the dresses for the orders they receive. It's dangerous work, and only gets riskier as swarms of women in the community come by asking for any way to help out and provide for their own families.
(Photo by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon)
After the fall of the Taliban, Kamila continued her efforts. She set up women's centers in Kabul to mentor women and teach marketable skills in microfinance, literacy, and business. For a community that was left broken, these installments made a huge difference. Soon enough, Kamila was invited by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Washington, D.C. to speak in front of members of Congress, business owners, and diplomats about her work. From making dresses in her home on her own to training and mentoring more than 900 people in her country, Kamila has been able to make a direct impact.
“Money is power for women,” Kamila said. “If women have their own income to bring to the family, they can contribute and make decisions. Their brothers, their husbands, and their entire families will have respect for them. I’ve seen this again and again. It’s so important in Afghanistan because women have always had to ask for money from men. If we can give them some training, and an ability to earn a good salary, then we can change their lives and help their families.”
We love how Kamila helped women in Afghanistan learn skills they could use to become artisans just like the ones we work with to bring you Lydali's global products!
Have you read any other inspiring reads lately? Let us know in the comments!
Lydali is excited to introduce Baobab Batik, a small social enterprise based in Swaziland, Africa that produces handmade batik accessories. Els Hooft, the founder of Baobab, first began experimenting with batik when she arrived in Africa in the 1970’s. A native of the Netherlands, Els, came to West Africa as a volunteer nutritionist working on mother-child health issues. She was captivated by the bright colors and bold patterns of the batik textiles she saw in the local markets and began teaching herself to batik. Soon she was asked to lead batik workshops and share her skill with the local community. Els eventually settled in Swaziland where she launched Baobab in 1991 on a dairy farm surrounded by pineapple fields. What began as a passionate hobby grew into a small business that now supports 25 women in Malkerns, Swaziland.
Hooft is a social entrepreneur who sees her business as having a three-fold mission: to grow a sustainable and profitable business in Swaziland, to foster great design and to support local women artisans. Most of the 25 artisan women who create Baobab's scarves and other small accessories are single mothers, and their work can make a huge difference in their lives.
One Baobab employee who epitomizes the benefits of working at Baobab, is Khanyi, who also happens to be the most experienced artisan of the team. Khanyi has worked at Baobab for over 20 years, she began there when her husband could no longer support their family. She and three of of her female relatives, also Baobab artisans, provide for their extended family. Collectively they have extended their homestead and put six of their children through school, one is at university. Khanyi says that her income has given her family opportunities for better education and healthcare, and the additional training provided by Baobab, like a First Aid course, has empowered her “to look after her diabetic mother and the remaining members of her family.”
But beyond the financial stability, working in a creative environment has other less tangible benefits, as Khanyi beautifully expresses, “The favourite part of my job is when Els gives me a piece of fabric and offers me the opportunity to be creative and do whatever I like. It’s so much fun. My mind is able to escape.”
The creativity in the color choices and designs is found in each hand made Baobab piece. Each artisan has a technical specialty in the creation of a piece, waxing, dyeing or sewing, but they all work as a team in their workshop, which is aptly named “Under the African Skies.” You will find truly beautiful design and the collaborative effort of the Baobab artisans in every scarf Lydali now carries.
Today our wanderlust Wednesday takes us to the wildly beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland, where we have the privilege to work with several talented artisan groups.