Recycled Fusion Star Votive Lantern
Be it porch, garden, or somewhere inside the house, bring twinkling starlight to the dark with a gorgeous lantern made from recycled sheet metal and colorful, textured glass. Inspired, celestial design conceals a hinged front door and the interior votive candle platform. A lovely celebration of the night skies that improves the planet by giving a second life to items previously destined for landfills.
Created by Noah's Ark, a company based in Moradabad, India that focuses on fair trade. The company works with more than 100 artisan groups, involving more than 600 people. The crafts are produced mainly in Moradabad, Saharanpur, Nagina, Jaipur, Sari Tarin, Delhi, Hapur, Firozabad, and Amritsar. Noah's Ark not only pays fair wages, they're also involved in projects for schooling the artisan's children and bringing pure drinking water to the workshops.
- Blue or Red
- Recycled sheet metal, glass, brass fixtures and hanger
- Hinged door on front
- Holds single votive candle
- 10" H x 10" W x 2.75" D (25.4 x 25.4 x 7 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from India
Due to its size, this item is not available for international or express shipping.
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December 29, 2013 - I got the blue one. This lantern is absolutely gorgeous!! It is very well made and much bigger than I anticipated. I bought it as a gift for my sister so I haven't gotten to see it lit up, but I'm sure it's beautiful. She loved it too!
September 26, 2013 - I ordered a blue star and it is beautiful. I am pleased with the size and love the use of the recycled metal. I will be ordering more of the stars.
July 11, 2013 - I really like this! It's big and brilliant! Looks so beautiful at night lit up! I love that it's made from recycled material!! I did make the mistake of leaving one of them out and it got rained on & rusted, it is still functional & night you can't see the rust. For the price you can't go wrong!! I recommend this! JP
January 3, 2013 - Wow! What a beautiful star! It is bigger and more beautiful than I thought. I can't wait to give it to my friend for her birthday. She will be thrilled!
Artisan: Noah's Ark
In the 1980s there were no fair trade opportunities for local artisans in Moradabad, India. Skilled craftspeople were routinely taken advantage of by export companies operating in the area, and living wages were nearly impossible to come by. Local businessman Samuel Masih saw an opportunity to build a business that would reward artisans with fair wages while exporting beautiful handicrafts. He started Noah's Ark in his home in 1986 with the goal of creating new economic opportunity in the community.
Two years later, Noah's Ark entered the world stage with its first large order from a florist in the U.S. Soon other large orders began flooding in, attracting the attention of the Tear Fund, Artisanat-SEL, Goed Werk, TEAM, and Oxfam Australia, which contributed to even more growth. Today, Noah's Ark works with more than 100 artisan groups involving more than 600 people in Moradabad, Saharanpur, Nagina, Jaipur, Sari Tarin, Delhi, Hapur, Firozabad and Amritsar, paying 10-15% more than other companies in those areas. In 2000, the Noah's Handicrafts and Welfare Society was founded to benefit artisan welfare, children's education, community development, and social work.
Artisan Anwar Saleem, age 27, is a second-generation lantern and lamp maker. His parents died when he was only 18, leaving him responsible for his three younger siblings. He went to work for his uncle, learning the craft of coloring and lacquering lanterns. Unfortunately, his uncle was unable to pay him a living wage and the family suffered. After a couple of years, Anwar was able find employment with Noah's Ark. The fair wages Anwar received turned his family's life around. As he explains, "While working directly with Noah's Ark I was able to save good enough money to do my family responsibilities, then they encouraged me to do some manufacturing work from my home. I got married and also I was able to do marriages of my sisters." Anwar now has his own workshop with seven regular employees and 15 contracted artisans.
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