It’s always a bright day when fashion and economic empowerment can thrive together. We were tickled pink when we found out that one of our favorite jewelry designers, Jenny Bird, was partnering with fair trade pioneers Far + Wide Collective to produce an exclusive collection that does just that. Handmade by local artisans trained in jewelry making by vocational institute Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan, this collection is helping to spur economic growth and independence in areas that need it most. (Not to mention, the pieces are simply beautiful.) Looking good and feeling fine? It doesn’t get much better than that.
Far + Wide Collective works with artisans who produce for their local economy. From Afghanistan to Kenya, we support them with quality and design leadership; providing them with strategic guidance, product development support and market access to strengthen and scale their businesses, both locally and globally.
This collection of modern and handcrafted pieces was created by leading Canadian contemporary jewellery designer, Jenny Bird, in collaboration with Far + Wide Collective and the jewellers at Turquoise Mountain in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Our collective mission is to grow the craft sector by fostering small business growth, reducing poverty and bettering lives for artisans, their families, and their communities.
Turquoise Mountain is committed to making Afghan dreams come true. Established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2006, Turquoise Mountain has trained 450 artisans in jewellery making, calligraphy and wood carving. Many have launched their own businesses, producing beautiful products like this collection.
Turquoise Mountain has also established a primary school for girls and boys and a health clinic that supports 20,000—80% of them female.
With access to education, healthcare and markets, artisans can build successful, sustainable businesses. When you wear this collection, you are helping Afghans build a better future.
Images via: Jake Rosenberg