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"Because Fair Trade is a Life Saver!" - that little phrase holds a lot and everyone stopping at our Motif booth gets it - with of course this little sweet/candy called a 'Lifesaver'! - Brits, think fruit polos ;)

OK - a little too cute maybe BUT the message is way too important to ignore.

Thankful for ...

Over recent weeks many incidents of human trafficking have been exposed throughout the world. Awareness is rising and in this week of Thanksgiving here in the US, it truly is a time to be thankful...

And they're … off! But wait …! Where to?

Fair Trade Christmas Catalogues are OUT NOW! And you know the best stuff always goes first so get on it and get your gift list sorted in great time with great ideas!

But whoa! Hold on a minute! Before clicking our way through aisles of online Fair Trade, let's think...

Wars yet to Win

November 10, 2015

Veteran's Day, Remembrance Day, Poppy Day ... there are different names but one thought. Throughout the globe at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month we choose to remember the valour shown by many, the outrageous sacrifice of life for our freedoms and to rekindle that World War 1 hope that such deaths may one day cease.

Hope is an amazing quality and the one that keeps us fighting to save lives and build better ones. As we remember this week those who've fought for our freedoms, we can also think on the wars we fight for freedom too.

Freedom from Oppression

What a significant week for Myanmar...


October 29, 2015

Want to be a part of something REALLY BIG? Go on ... say YEAH!!! ... even without thinking ... 'cause you know if it's on Motif's Fair Trade Blog then it's GOT to be good - right?

Yes, right!

In the 'hashtagosphere' #ChooseArtisan is about to cause a riot through a Thunderclap promotion campaign ... and you're already in the front line! "But Jackie hold on!" I hear you cry, "What's it all about?"

Great question!

That's how it was last night in the wonderful company of fellow designers and textile enthusiasts - simply beautiful!

Over the last couple of years Hand & Cloth and Motif have worked hard to develop just the right weight, size and quality of amazing kantha yardage cloth - ready to create all kinds of upholstry and soft furnishing goodies ... and now at last it's here!

The Hand & Cloth promo says it all:

Dear Hand & Cloth friends,

I am so happy to share with you that

Pope Francis & Fair Trade

September 25, 2015

Pope Francis is here in the US. And he's doing what this pope does very well. Pope Francis is bringing the rhetoric of politicians into the real world, and facing them with it.

A few days ago after addressing Congress, the Pope chose to

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