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What is a Mandala?

2022-05-24T14:56:03+01:00

A Mandala is a spiritual or ritual geometric configuration of symbols or a map. In Buddhism and Hinduism teachings, it represents the universe. The meaning of the word mandala in Sanskrit is "circle". Circles have very powerful significance in countless countries, religions and traditions. Mandala Circles Design In "Jungian psychology", a mandala as [...]

What is a Mandala?2022-05-24T14:56:03+01:00

“A Tasty Thai Treat Tucked Away on Fleet Street, Liverpool”

2021-09-08T08:52:26+01:00

I`m a committed "foodie" and particularly like Thai food. Here is my full, detailed review of a favourite Thai restaurant in Liverpool city-centre - Spice Thai... "This was my 2nd visit to Spice Thai and I`m delighted to report that the quality of the food & the enjoyable dining experience has been maintained. HOW TO [...]

“A Tasty Thai Treat Tucked Away on Fleet Street, Liverpool”2021-09-08T08:52:26+01:00

Worry Dolls explained…

2021-09-08T08:45:57+01:00

What exactly are Worry Dolls? Worry Dolls, or sometimes called Trouble Dolls (in Spanish they are refered to as Muñeca quitapena) are small, "dolls" that originate from Guatemala, although they are also found in parts of Mexico.   Map of Guatemala and surrounding Central American countries HOW ARE WORRY DOLLS MADE? Worry [...]

Worry Dolls explained…2021-09-08T08:45:57+01:00

The Story Behind Handmade Recycled Newspaper Gift Bags from India

2021-09-08T08:47:50+01:00

Handmade Recycled Newspaper Gift Bags from India. This project involves a Fair Trade group that helps street children and orphans sleeping rough in the railway station in New Delhi. It was established in 2004 by "grown up" ex-street children, who decided to make bags from recycled newspaper in order to provide an income for themselves [...]

The Story Behind Handmade Recycled Newspaper Gift Bags from India2021-09-08T08:47:50+01:00

What exactly is Hemp & the Cannabis Sativa Plant?

2021-09-08T08:48:47+01:00

"Hemp” is another name for the Cannabis Sativa plant. This same species of plant is also refered to as Marijuana. Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. Did you know: the oldest known records of hemp farming [...]

What exactly is Hemp & the Cannabis Sativa Plant?2021-09-08T08:48:47+01:00

What is The Hamsa Hand?

2021-09-08T08:49:46+01:00

The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern palm-shaped amulet symbolising the “Hand of God”. It depicts the open right hand. It is also popular in northern Africa, but in all faiths it is a protective sign. The Hamsa Hand – The Evil Eye One style is shaped like a regular hand and [...]

What is The Hamsa Hand?2021-09-08T08:49:46+01:00

The “Dark Side” of Jewellery Making and the work of TARA Projects (Trade Alternative Reform Action), Delhi, India.

2021-10-31T15:39:02+00:00

TARA Projects was founded in 1973 by an ex-Indian Army officer & professor called Shyam Sharma to help poorly-organised artisans in Delhi. Professor Shyam Sharma showed his commitment to "Trade Alternative Reform Action" by travelling from village to village around Delhi and providing loan funds & skills training to a few small marginalised communities in [...]

The “Dark Side” of Jewellery Making and the work of TARA Projects (Trade Alternative Reform Action), Delhi, India.2021-10-31T15:39:02+00:00

Interesting Facts & Stats About Thailand You May Not Know

2021-11-01T11:06:53+00:00

Thailand is known for opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins, tropical beaches and ornate temples displaying glistening figures of Buddha. It is located in the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese Peninsula & is composed of 76 provinces. Officially known as "The Kingdom of Thailand", although it was formerly known as Siam. I first visited Thailand [...]

Interesting Facts & Stats About Thailand You May Not Know2021-11-01T11:06:53+00:00

Beautiful Bali and its Local Crafts People – The Mitra Bali Story

2021-11-01T13:55:27+00:00

"Fair trade is an alternative form of trade emphasising dialogue, transparency and mutual respect between the producers and the consumers. Another world is possible!" Established in Bali, Indonesia back in 1993, Mitra Bali has been working to empower a large group of traditional, small-scale, but highly-skilled handicraft producers & therefore supporting Bali islands’s economic and [...]

Beautiful Bali and its Local Crafts People – The Mitra Bali Story2021-11-01T13:55:27+00:00

The Story Behind Fair Trade Producer Group Aspiration International in India

2021-11-01T11:18:31+00:00

Established in 1993 and based in New Delhi, India, Aspiration International's purpose is to uplift and highlight artisans in the interiors of North India. Their motto is... "An enchanting display of creativity and excellence: offering a spectrum of attractive handicrafts at Fair Trade prices." One of Aspiration's aims is to revive the old crafts of [...]

The Story Behind Fair Trade Producer Group Aspiration International in India2021-11-01T11:18:31+00:00

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