artisans

Our Beginnings: 3 Strands Shop & The Red Seed

The original red seed came from the Sandalwood tree, native to Cambodia. Sandalwood trees produce colorless pods that eventually dry up and fall to the ground. But inside these dried pods are beautiful, glossy, red seeds. To our artisans and survivors, the red seeds represent the beauty inside every survivor, and those waiting to be rescued. Our 3 Strands collection features products with a red bead or red mark symbolizing our story.

Cambodia

In 2011, 3 Strands Shop was founded to support young women being rescued and rehabilitated as human trafficking survivors in Cambodia. Noble Venture/3 Strands Shop helps to provide sustainable jobs for these young women, enabling them to reintegrate into their community with honor and dignity. In addition to providing employment for survivors, through the sale of every 3 Strands Shop product, funds are raised to help empower and employ women so that they may have a future that is free, sustainable and full of hope.

Nepal

Nepalese artisans are the creators of our beautiful glass beaded bracelets, colored by rich cultural heritage. When 3 Strands Shop first started our work with our Nepal artisans, financial sustainability was challenging for women, families and their communities. The Nepalese artisans you support through your product purchases help provide for their families and most importantly, offer empowerment in their communities. Through sustainable employment, these artisans have pride, prestige and hope for a future that comes with earning a livable wage, and away from the threat of trafficking.

Guatemala

Artisans from this region create a variety of traditional, handmade Guatemalan crafts, including handbags, accessories, tableware, and home collections, while adhering to Fair Trade practices. Guatemala has the highest rate of malnutrition in the Western hemisphere, with more than half the population living below the national poverty line. Creating opportunities for Guatemalan artisans helps to generate sustainable and viable livelihoods through their craft. New opportunities and ongoing training support provide stability and the chance to earn a livable wage.

Haiti

Our artisan partners in Haiti create beautiful, handcrafted products out of discarded and seemingly unusable materials including metal, cardboard, aluminum, dirt and paper. They breathe beauty back into discarded items that were once considered of no value, just as they build their lives away from exploitation.

The mantra of our Haitian artisans is “many hands make the load light,” and they believe that when the designers, artisans, and consumers work together we can help lighten each other’s load and bring about lasting positive impact.

United States

In 2023 we are excited to announce a new partnership with top Seattle Designer Karen Hartman of Astor & Orion to create a solid design process and products that are not only beautiful, sustainable and ethically sourced, but that benefit the artisan partners and nonprofits we support.

Together we are putting these ideas into practice by creating and providing a limited batch of designs encompassing the following key values:

Safe Materials - We design our jewelry using materials that are safe for our customers, workers and the planet. 

Sustainable Design - We use recycled materials and materials made in America when we design and create our products so they can be easily recycled again with no extra processing.

Ethical Manufacturing - Our design center shares our belief in the importance of protecting the dignity and rights of their workers and the local environment.
 

Initially launched in January 2023, Karen will work alongside us and our artisan partners to build beautiful, trending and sustainable products as well as kinship/respectful connections across the world.  

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