Bangladesh Hand-Painted Nativity
Our beautifully hand-carved and hand-painted nativity set offers a colorful take on the holy family and company! Whether you use just for the holidays or all year round, this vibrant nativity will add warmth and vitality to its surroundings.
Each set includes a figurine of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus in a manger, three wisemen, a shepherd, two camels, two sheep, and a shooting star. Handmade in Bangladesh from native, sustainable woods by an organization that prides itself on providing fair wages, being environmentally friendly, and not using child labor. Smallest piece measures 1.75" T x 2.75" W (4.4 x 7 cm) and largest piece measures 4.75" T x 2.5" W (12.1 x 6.4 cm). All pieces are .5" thick (1.3 cm). As these toys are sold in over 23 countries, extra care is taken to ensure the safety of their materials. All paints are tested to comply with European Toys Safety standards EN 71. Handmade in and fairly traded from Bangladesh.
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Artisan: Gospel House
Gospel House Handicrafts was started in 1976 by John Karunaratne to provide vocational training for boys from the poor areas in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. In the beginning, John trained the boys to make wooden toys, using two home-made lathes he set up in his own home. As the company grew, funding was secured to buy land and build a workshop in the village of Madampe. Gospel House now employs artisans in both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Over its history of over 30 years, Gospel House has trained over 1,500 young men and women. Many have gone on to full employment with Gospel House, elsewhere in Sri Lanka, or overseas. No child labor is used. Gospel House's minimal wage for trainees is 30% higher than Sri Lanka's minimum hourly wage. The employment it offers has helped 234 artisans, and their families, weather Sri Lanka's current economic crisis and rampant inflation caused by the festering decades-old civil war.
Gospel House is very concerned about its environmental impact. The wood used is from the tree Albesia falcataria, which is one of the world's fastest-growing trees. After the trees' useful life as windbreakers around the tea plantations in central Sri Lanka, their wood is recycled into environmentally friendly crafts.
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