Despite the recent “springtime-but-wait-it’s-still-winter?” vibes here in Colorado, wedding season is here! It is such an exciting time, full of anticipation of seeing old and new friends, reuniting with family, and celebrating the fruits of our love for one another. There is so much to look forward to!
Inevitably, there is a financial element to consider. The wedding industry takes in a staggering 70 billion dollars in revenue annually in the United States alone. As wedding guests, we are prepared for expenses like gifts and personal clothing, to name a few. How good would it feel to know that you are investing in ethically made and sourced products? Fair trade gifts are unique, beautiful and culturally diverse. You can be certain that your gift will be one-of-a-kind and meaningful, because the artisan behind the product is treated with dignity and empowered economically.
GIVE THE PERFECT GIFT
Yobel Market offers many thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gift ideas if you are headed to a wedding this summer:
Send your now-betrothed loved ones off on their honeymoon in style with our leather passport covers from Kenya, crafted with upcycled leather and gorgeous natural dyes. This organization offers career opportunity to artisans in Kenya’s largest slum, and gives a portion of proceeds to the orphanage in Nairobi.
New to us this year, Urban Wick Candles are a truly luxurious addition to a newlyweds’ home! Made with coconut and beeswax, these all-natural candles burn so clean that they actually remove toxins from the air! They smell unbelievable, and are hand poured in the US and each purchase supports the Lovin Soap Project, a non profit that empowers impoverished women in parts of Africa, Southern Asia and beyond, who are offered vocational training, economic opportunity and much more.
Finally, our traditional hand-woven baskets, sourced directly from female artisans in Uganda, can be used as unique wall decor, a lovely yet functional fruit bowl, centerpiece, and so much more! You can’t go wrong with a one-of-a-kind creation that empowers women to earn a fair wage in a safe, supportive, stable work environment.
DRESS TO IMPRESS
Yobel also have some excellent accessories to add some pizzazz to your wedding attire:
An opportunity to wear our Sunday best is exciting, but can be tricky. It has become trendier to put decent pockets in even formal dresses, but sometimes you need a little more: enter our newly-arrived woven clutches from India. Classy, compact, neutral with a playful hint of color, this clutch perfect for holding your wedding essentials (tissues, anyone?) so you can dance the night away unencumbered! In addition to providing fair wages, Bloom and Give focuses on getting girls in India through school, and educating the public at large about how critical it is to educate both genders.
Another important addition to any party outfit is the statement jewelry. Add a timeless touch with a simple gold and pearl necklace, or a splash of sparkle with a pair of druzy earrings. The artisans that make this gorgeous jewelry line are survivors of sex trafficking in Southern Asia. This new, creative vocation provides educational and economic opportunity, as well as access to holistic healthcare.
What could be a better representation of a committed, loving union between two people than a gift handmade with love and hope? We invite you to celebrate any summer nuptials you attend this season with high quality, eco friendly, ethically sourced wares from all over the world. Check out our selection at yobelmarket.com or come see us at the Ivywild School or Eclectic Co.
When I graduated high school, I was determined to be unconventional, to travel the world, and to be successful while doing it. Yes, these are all still huge goals for me. It just took a lot longer than I anticipated to figure out what that looked like, what I needed to do to work towards that, and how little progress I would make in a year. For the longest time, I harbored shame in the fact that I stayed at my parents, working a job that I did not love. But here is the truth: That path was what I needed at the time, and it gave me invaluable life-perspective and skills I would not otherwise have. In that part of my journey, I learned how to adjust and thrive in hard places. I grounded myself, learned who I am and what I want to learn from the world and give to the world.