This cheerful tota featuring five plump hens is a fair trade product from India. Totas are mobiles traditionally made in northern India from fabric scraps and bells. They are thought to bring good luck when hung near a door or a window, and we think that a few of them together make nice Christmas garlands. This one is 24" long, including the loop for hanging, which is a good length for hanging from a door knob. It has a string of brightly colored fabric birds separated by beads. Each hen is adorned with beads and sequins, and a bell is attached to the bottom.
About the brand: Mira Fair Trade was founded in 2008 by Meera Viswanathan as a way to connect artisans in her native India with markets in the west. The company's mission is to help empower artisans, especially women, to achieve economic independence through the fair trade model instead of through charitable donations. Mira Fair Trade is also committed to environmental health and sustainability, an ethic that is manifested in the brand's use of recycled materials, both in its products and packaging. The company is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and is a Green America Gold Certified Business.
About the producers: These totas are made by a group of women in a village in northern India who are fairly compensated for their work.