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Making a Difference in the Lives of Artisans Throughout the World By Karen Akst Schecter

Thank you for joining with us to grow the Aesthetic Sense community and make a difference in the lives of artisans all over the world.

We’re grateful for your support in our mission to provide cool, handmade artisanal crafts, gifts, whimsy and Judaica that is all fairly traded with a social conscience. Rather than plastic dreidels made under questionable working conditions, you played with ones made from sustainable tagua nuts by fair trade artisans in Peru and Ecuador. Rather than kippot sewn by factory workers who don’t know what they are making, you are wearing ones hand crocheted by a fair trade artisan from Guatemala who was taught about the religious items she makes, and supports her family by doing so. Rather than yukky Chanukah chocolate coins made from cocoa beans harvested with child labor, you delighted in the most divine, guilt free gelt from a certified fair trade producer that pays its workers a living wage and follows fair trade principles.

We remain true to our promise: To delight hearts and minds and create community by connecting clients with artists through goods for the soul: goods that are ethically sourced and reflect deep respect and appreciation for the creative process and the artisans who create.

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As we think globally and act locally, as our community grows, the world becomes just a bit smaller and more welcoming. Thank you for being a part.

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