Be they Indian, Middle Eastern, African or from other climes, you know all the fabulous jewelry that’s sold everywhere for us to make bellydance stuff out of? ..Is there any way/anywhere which enables us to ensure that it’s all from legitimate, reputable sources? I want to make sure that anything I buy (or promote) is made/traded/trafficked fairly, and acquired with everything on the up-and-up. Yanno, be as certain as I can be that what I wear, buy and promote comes from fair-trade resources. I’d like to know that when I give a merchant or vendor my money, I’m not supporting dishonesty, theft, putting people in sweatshops, grave-robbing, and that folks haven’t fallen into other bad situations just so that I can have a pretty bauble on my outfit.
Granted, given the prices of most pieces I’ve seen, I’m guessing that many are crafted by skilled, appropriately lauded artisans who are paid handsomely for their work. But, I also don’t wanna make any assumptions. Someone could just as easily create a piece in a sweatshop for $15 and charge my stupid arse $250 just for a pretty pendant. (It’s hateful, but it’s true.) So, is there any way to check the history of a piece, or the track record and reputability of the company which sells it..? Are there business out there who sell Kuchi, Kundan & other international wares who are especially recommended for their ethical treatment of their artisans and acquisition processes? And conversely, are there business out there whom one should NOT buy from, because their means are less than reputable?
What have you heard, or learned in your own travels..? Do tell!
One Dancer, Ever on the Quest of Trying to Keep her Dance Conscientious ;)
You know, that’s a great question. I don’t by the aluminum coin scarfs mainly because they are made in China. And if they’re popping them out in large quantities like they sell them on eBay and other sites, I can only guess that these people are making little pay on a huge profit…
Do any other belly dancers know of sellers that are legit and handle their workers with care?
Hey tribal ladies!
I’m currently making some yarn tassels! Each set comes with two 2”, two 4”, two 6”, two 10”, and one 12”! would look great on any costume piece! Has a natural point so no need to make a triangle scarf to hold them!
Two sets of the golden orange are made, one set of the burgundy, and currently in process are the blue tones, rainbow, earth tones, and green tones!
Last photo, although badly colored, is all that the types of yarn that I have!
I’m doing $20 per set, or give me your best offer!
Ayre Briar - Michael Baxter
This reminds me that I’ll be getting my Isis wings pretty soon!
Me (Shoshana), at my performance on Friday night - complete with bad photo retouching to remove ugly sign from behind me! :P
Michael Baxter 2010
Neon - “Flora” bellydance performance for “Metamorphosis” show, NYC - belly dance
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