Location: Ten Thousand Villages, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Purchased)/Manila, Philippines (Made); Material: Wire & Blue Capiz
I purchased these earrings at the fair trade store Ten Thousand Villages (mentioned in other entries). The origin of them is Saffy Handicrafts, located in Manila, Philippines. They are the small business endeavor of social services nonprofit Social Action Foundation for Rural and Urban Development. Saffy Handicrafts specializes in capiz shell items and is involved in a variety of social development programs. It is affiliated with Advocate of Philippine Fair Trade, Inc., Asia Fair Trade Forum, and Philippine Fair Trade Forum. Ten Thousand Villages has been buying from them in 1996. Click here for more information (although it does not appear that these specific earrings are available anymore). Overall, these earrings are a great accent piece – large & chunky & beautiful!