Enjoy this traditional toasty morning mug with coffee, tea, or cider for a cozy fair trade touch in your kitchen! Hand-painted by artisans in Bat Trang, Vietnam, a village just outside of Hanoi that is known for its traditional ceramics. This piece was formed in a mold, and then hand-painted with glaze. Bat Trang village was established in the 14th century to supply ceramics to the royal household. It is famous for its white clay pottery decorated with blue motifs. Pottery making is one of the most ancient traditions in Vietnam -- enjoy tea with some history!
Craft Link, a nonprofit organization, works with Vietnamese artisans to generate income, with a focus on ethnic minorities and artisans with disabilities. Craft Link also markets products from traditional Vietnamese handicraft villages. Craft Link helps artisan groups design new products, develop marketing opportunities, sell artisans' handicrafts locally, and exports their handicrafts to fair trade organizations and commercial companies around the world. The organization's goals include cultural preservation, public education on traditional handicrafts, income generation for small-scale Vietnamese artisans, and acquiring new markets. Artisans working with Craft Link receive tools, interest-free loans, education, training, and literacy classes.