A Cuppa Tea

Craft Link’s Vietnamese Artisans

Like many of the enterprises featured on handeyeshop.com, Hanoi-based Craft Link is a non-profit organization that is committed to the principles of fair trade. Craft Link works with Vietnamese artisans to help them generate an income for the traditional handmade goods they create. The organization also guarantees fair wages, worker safety, and marketing beautiful and traditional handcrafted products worldwide.
 
Craft Link was established in 1996 by several nongovernmental entities, including Oxfam, the Mennonite Central Committee, and the Ford Foundation with the purpose to help and generate income for the poor—like the ethnic Hill Tribe people who make up ten percent of Vietnam’s population--and to help artisans find markets within Vietnam and outside South East Asia.
 
Craft Link offers numerous programs for artisans to sharpen their skills from design to the learning the basics of management. The teams of designers and project managers from Craft Link are sent to villages where they provide new design ideas, teach bookkeeping, pricing, and product development. Artisans who work with the not-for-profit organization receive tools, interest-free loans, literacy classes, training and other educational courses.
 
The organization also runs programs in cultural preservation, such as working closely with the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi. Craft Link helps preserve traditional craft skills like the weaving and embroidery of the tribal groups, puppet making, and traditional ceramics, as well as public education on handcrafts. Craft Link sells handmade products locally, but also to fair trade organizations and commercial companies around the world.
 
Shoppers who want to support Vietnamese artisans will have the opportunity thanks to Handeyeshop.com, which offers the ideal single teacup and teapot for tea aficionados. The charming and elegant black matte tea set with plum interior and lid makes a lovely gift for anyone who enjoys a hot cup of tea on a cold winter day or just before bedtime. The ceramic teapot neatly nests on top of the cup and holds eight liquid ounces. The set is made by the ethnic Hill Tribe people in rural Vietnam with the support of Craft Link.
 
To learn more about Craft Link, please visit http://www.craftlink.com.vn. To purchase this lovely single tea set, visit www.handeyesop.com.

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