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Necklace created with 19 hand-made and hand decorated polymer clay beads in black & white tones. The necklace is 60cm long.

 

Our jewelry is handcrafted using a special technique that is extremely laborious. Each bead is truly unique and each finished product is a one-of-a-kind creation. Contrary to appearances, the beads are not hand painted. Each decorative pattern is created individually by molding it from multi-colored clay, and then reducing its size by rolling and stretching the clay until we get a thin noodle shape, which is then sliced. Each slice is a single flower, spiral or other ornament. These slices of clay are placed on a ceramic ball and fired in an oven. This is how one bead is created and then combined with others to create a bracelet or a necklace.

 

These small works of art are created by an organization that helps Nepalese women escape domestic violence. They receive help and training to help them become independent so that they can support themselves and manage their own lives.

 

 

At Purna Crafts, we believe that by creating an international outlet for local handicrafts, we support entire groups of talented producers from Nepal. We do not come to them as "benefactors" who want to offer them donations. We come as people who appreciate their work and admire their abilities. We want to pay them a fair price for their beautiful handicraft, propel their working potential and support small local organizations that create jobs and vocational training.  

We are currently cooperating with several local organizations that specialize in mobilizing people in difficult life situations, people with disabilities and women from rural areas to learn their profession and become independent. When these people are trained, they can get employment and work for their living as well as receive respect in their community, instead of waiting for donations.

We also wish to make original Nepali hand crafted products more accessible for people in other parts of the world. In the age of factory made products that all look the same, we believe that we have something special and unique, something that stands out in the crowd. A product that looks great, is functional and comfortable as well as different than everything else available in the mainstream shops. At Purna Crafts you can get one of a kind product for yourself or an original gift for your loved ones. You can rest easy knowing that your purchase actually made a difference is someone’s life.

Ethical trade benefits the entire community through the empowerment of cottage industry artisans.