- Clay & metal beads
- 20" L (50.8 cm) necklace
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Haiti
Made by: Papillon
Haiti has been rebuilding from the ground up since the 2010 earthquake 2010 which killed over 200,000 people and displaced 1.5 million. In the face of few job prospects, a resourceful group created Papillon Enterprises, a socially and ecologically conscious business with a mission of stimulating the Haitian economy by exporting and marketing Haitian artisan goods. They've been making this dream possible by putting Haitian artisans to work using their creativity along with recycled materials to craft jewelry from paper, clay, and glass beads, and home decor from discarded oil drums.
Their clay is dug by hand from natural deposits in Haiti’s central plateau. The raw clay is broken into a fine powder and impurities are sifted out. The powdered clay is mixed with water and then dried on plater to remove excess moisture. Skilled artisans roll clay beads in a variety of sizes and shapes for jewelry. Talented potters use the same clay to create mugs, bowls, and other pieces on a potter’s wheel. Each piece is hand-painted with glaze in a variety of colors & patterns. The finished pieces are fired in kilns which transforms the raw clay to permanent ceramic, and the raw glazes to brightly-colored glass. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.
In a work environment that is family-friendly, Papillon emphasizes keeping the whole person's unique needs in mind. They offer competitive wages (three times the minimum wage), medical benefits, language and literacy lessons, and professional development, as well as the ability for nursing mothers to bring their babies with them. Through a partnership with Apparent Project, they also offer their workers onsite daycare. Papillon's symbol of the butterfly is fitting, for they create something new out of something transformed to beauty and, in turn, their lives become "something that we never thought possible."