Two-tone Round Woven Placemats - Abaca Fiber
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- $20.00 USD
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- $20.00 USD
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Made and shipped to you by our FairlyStyled partners.
Handwoven from 100% abaca fiber, our 14" round placemat hosts all kinds of dinnerware and adds a natural accent to the modern organic table. Mix and match with other pieces from our collection to bring natural textures to your kitchen or dining table. Since each piece is handcrafted, no two pieces are exactly alike.
When you purchase this piece you're creating opportunity for female artisan communities in the Philippines, who have access to fair trade and dignified employment through the production process. Always locally-sourced materials, ethically-made, and conflict-free.
Fair to people. Fair to planet. FairlyStyled.
- DIMENSIONS: 14" diameter
- MATERIAL: Manila hemp
- COLOR: Black, natural
To care for our planet by minimizing shipping emissions, this FairlyStyled piece will ship to you (FREE!) directly from our artisan partners. Please see the Returns tab for more information about returns & exchanges on this item.
Wipe clean. Do not soak in water.
We work with over 200 artisans across 10 different communities spread across the Philippines. Truly, there is no greater honor or joy. Every drop of their heart, soul, and spirit pours out in everything they do, in their families, in their communities, and not least in their craft.
Our artisans come from the regions of Bulacan, Bicol, Romblon, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Paranaque, Taguig, Cebu, all rural or suburban regions close to big cities. This presents unique opportunities for them; they benefit from rich natural resource, and at the same time have access to an urban marketplace. They are, however, also more exposed to the gaping income and wealth disparities the Philippines faces.
WE USE THE FINEST RAW MATERIALS.
The materials stay true to their roots. They have always been working with the fruits of their land and sea - coconut fiber, palm leaves, mother-of-pearl. Their craft stays true as well, resisting the efficiencies of machining in favor of preserving the essence of their work. Where we innovate is in the application of the craft. Coconut and palm fibers, for instance, are traditionally most often used within the handicraft industry to create household items such as brooms and baskets. We have since developed ways of creating new shapes and forms, our animal planters among one of the newest. We have also developed new, safer ways of adding new, vibrant colors using non-toxic dyes.
WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS.
We are committed to practicing fair trade. We strive to empower local communities and provide artisan families with a means to earn a dignified income through fair wages and comfortable working conditions. Our artisan partners typically earn 25% above the living wage.
Your item will arrive to you direct from LIKHÂ. We want you to be absolutely happy with your LIKHA purchase. If for some reason you are not completely satisfied, please get in touch with our team at firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days of purchase and we will work with you to fulfill your refund or exchange.
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Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit (less shipping costs) will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment.
Shipping fees are non-refundable and will be deducted from your refund. You will also be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs when returning your item.
58-year-old Lucia started weaving after learning the craft from one of her neighbors. Since then, she never goes anywhere without her weaving mats - she feels they are an extension of herself, always carrying them around and weaving in her spare time. She recently opened a small grilled tilapia stand where she is able to sell fish and weave at the same time.
Though she herself only finished sixth grade, she is proud to have been able to send both her kids to school. One of them is now a teacher.
Antonio is a 52 year-old craftsman, and also the occasional tricycle driver. He has been working at his job for the past 25 years and has one child in college. All of the savings in his job goes to his child’s school tuition and allowance. His goal is to save enough in the future to build a house.
He finds his craft highly meaningful and enjoyable, and his favorite piece to create is a pumpkin.
Vivian’s main source of income is lala, a specific type of buntal weaving. She learned how to weave from her mother and has taken over her mother’s weaving business for the past 7 years. She enjoys being able to weave from home while tending to her daily chores. She also raises pigs in her small pig farm. At 44 years-old, she is married and has three children.
To her, a comfortable life means living with no debt and seeing her children finish school.
Alberto is a craftsman living in Bulacan, working as an artisan for the past 7 years. At 40 years old, he has previously worked as a factory operator after graduating high school in Manila. He now enjoys working his own hours, getting an early start by waking up at 5:00 AM every morning. As he is single, he shares the money that he earns with his parents to help them out.
His advice for aspiring artisans is to have patience, determination, and dedication.
44 year-old Dory has been a weaver in Pulong Gubat for the past 10 years. She used to be a seamstress back when she first got married, and her husband was the weaver. By the time she had her second child, the family was making banig (woven) bags, which became their livelihood. She was pregnant with her third child when she fully transitioned to weaving buntal, while her husband became a mechanic.
One of her favorite parts of the job is visiting other weavers and learning about new designs from the weaves that she creates.
Norma heads one of the artisan groups we work with. A mother of five, 57-year-old Norma says that the most critical factor to the success of their group is the artisans’ dedication and commitment to their craft. After her husband suddenly passed away earlier this year, she quickly had to learn the ropes of managing the community as well as learning the craft itself. She now takes 13 skilled artisans under her wing who she treats as her own family.
"Thanks to LIKHA, we have been able to keep our livelihoods throughout the pandemic. While most people in our village lost their jobs, we have increased our production which enables us to continue providing for our families and sending our kids to school."