Elegant multi-strand necklace made with tiny greyish glass & recycled plated metal beads.
21” with a 3.5" extender chain.
Handmade by women artisans in India.
This piece comes from a four-location artisan cooperative in India that employs over 6,000 women in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata, as well as the Uttar Pradesh region. Jewelry is designed to combine local artisan traditions with modern jewelry trends.
Partnerships with others, like in the United States market, open up opportunities for good wages, health insurance, educational scholarships, and business trainings. These cooperatives are a direct investment in women's rights and social mobility.
The US wholesaler commits to long term, reliable trade agreements, placing continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
Contrast this with the practice of “fast fashion”; part of that name is a reference to the two-to-four week cycle of design-to-production, which is an incredible pace that leads to awful treatment and pressure on factories that are trying to keep these orders. The concept of “partnership” is not part of the equation.
This wholesaler also is committed to 2x the minimum wage in India. The minimum wage in India is seen as a livable wage, but most workers in India aren't employed through the formal economy, so they don't even normally receive minimum wage for their work.