AFRICAN-INSPIRED

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Africa is rich in beauty and creativity.  From earthy tribal textiles to bold batik patterns, African prints are becoming very popular in the United States. The following African-inspired products have a modern twist and feature color trends and patterns that artisans can draw inspiration from: EARTHY + NATURAL BRIGHT + BOLD BLACK + WHITE VINTAGE […]

International Shipping Regulations

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a great summary of U.S. laws and regulations that U.S. based businesses must keep in mind when exporting or importing. In her article “Get Started in Shipping – Regulations for Importers and Exporters”, Nicole shares the following information: Obtain Licenses, Permits, and Documentation Many imported and exported products are regulated […]

How To Make Coiled Bowls

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Check out Design Sponge’s great post about making these fun coiled bowls: LENA CORWIN’S MADE BY HAND + DIY COILED BOWLS PROJECT

Fall/Winter 2015 Women’s Color Trends

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Fashion Vignette gives a preview of the Fall/Winter 2015 Women’s Color trends forecasted by Fashion Snoops: FOREST GREEN: Forest is a favored green which stands out especially on wool outerwear. BURGUNDY: A brown-cast alternative to maroon, burgundy becomes one of the most popular reds of the season. NAVY: Navy becomes an increasingly popular choice as a base color […]

Node Fair Trade Rugs

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Chris Haughton is a designer and illustrator and also an author of childrens books. Before he became involved in books he was active in fair trade and has been a supporter and designer for the fair trade company People Tree for many years. In 2010 he took 8 months off to to re-connect to fair […]

The Story of Nagla Bannoura Issa Saliba

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Nagla Bannoura Issa Saliba is a 75 year old woman from Palestine. Despite all the challenges she has faced in life, her hard work and determination paved a better life for her children and even grandchildren. Nagla got married very young and despite growing up in a male dominated society, she always believed that women could also […]

Guide to the Management and Treatment of Water in Small Scale Dye Units

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Developed by Christine Gent for People Tree Foundation, this guide aims to “demystify some of the science and technology used in water treatment in a small scale dye unit” and “outline the basic principles and show that with correct processing, training and advice a cost effective solution can be developed”.  Please click on the link […]

SERRV Celebrates International Day of Happiness!

Established by the  United Nations General Assembly on June 28, 2012, International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on March 20th. SERRV celebrates this day with a very HAPPY video! The General Assembly,[…] Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal,[…] Recognizing also the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach […]

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