Nepal is known for its bright, colorful prayer flags, high mountain adventures, and kindhearted people. This felted ornament is a burst of color handmade by women artisans in Nepal at ACP.
- Approximately 6" H x 5" W (12.7 x 15.2 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Nepal
Made by: Association for Craft Producers (ACP)
The Association for Craft Producers (ACP) is a local, not for profit, fair trade organization nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, providing design, marketing, management, and technical services to low-income Nepali craft producers. Founded in 1984 with just 38 producers, five full time staff members and three skill categories, ACP has grown to around 1000 artisans (90% female), 60 full time staff members, 20 skill categories, and has expanded from a 4000 sq. feet building to a spacious 45,000 sq. feet facility.
ACP is a resource to advance and globally distribute women's work in felting, block printing, weaving, and sewing. ACP takes careful and deliberate steps to preserve the environment. They have installed a waste water treatment plant and rainwater harvesting system, use recycled paper, and discourage the use of plastic bags. Soft wood is used for carpentry and they have shifted from oil to water based pigments for printing and substituted acetic acid with hydrochloric acid in dyeing. They are harnessing the steam released during cooling off of the boilers in the dyeing to heat water for felting and have made changeover from kerosene based firing to electric firing for ceramics.
Financial independence is linked with increased self-esteem and social standing for women who work in fair trade enterprises. This is especially true at the Association for Craft Producers (ACP). ACP producers enjoy of benefits like medical, education allowances, work incentives and performance rewards, a workshop cafeteria, producers saving program, paid maternity leave and much more.