At Cosas Bonitas Oregon, we are committed to fair trade by providing a sustainable living for the artists that we buy from and their families. We specialize in Huichol bead art and jewelry from Mexico. The relationship with these artists is an ongoing one, providing reliable, constant income. We also buy from other artists in Mexico and we make every effort to confirm that they are paid very fairly for their pieces and work toward an ongoing relationship with some of them. If you’re not familiar what “fair trade” actually means, Merriam-Webster defines it as,
a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices.
By buying directly from the artists, the artists receive a bigger ‘piece of the pie’ and we are able to offer you affordable prices. We do not ‘barter them down’ to get the lowest price, and adhere to the principle that artists must be paid a living wage for their locale.
Fair trade is not about charity. It is a holistic approach to trade and development that aims to alter the ways in which commerce is conducted, so that trade can empower the poorest of the poor. Cosas Bonitas Oregon is a proud member of the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, a group of business who adhere to fair trade practices.
To view our wonderful collection of fair trade Huichol bead art and other beautiful artwork and jewelry from Latin America, please visit our online store at Cosasbonitasoregon.com/store.
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