Christmas in Wildflowers Card
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A palette of gorgeous wildflowers from the mountains of El Salvador is lovingly handcrafted into a darling Christmas greeting. Signed by the artist, it's a lovely gift in itself.
- Nativity, Ornament, Santa, Reindeer, or Wreath
- Envelope included
- 7" H x 4.75" W (17.8 x 12 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from El Salvador
The mountain town of Comasagua in the district of Nueva San Salvador has been heavily affected by the recent lack of jobs in coffee cultivation. Arte Comasagua is a fair trade, environmentally-responsible company that was created by a group of women entrepreneurs to promote safe and healthy work conditions. The women who make these cards collect the flowers and leaves they use from the forest in a conscientious and sustainable manner. The income generated from selling these handicrafts allows them to provide for their families and engages the whole community in protecting the forest.
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March 28, 2012 - I purchased the Santa and the reindeer cards around the holidays. The Santa card is amazing - so intricate. These cards are really too amazing to write in. I gave them as gifts and each recipient ended up framing the cards. The level of attention and detail that goes into each card is a sight to behold. I hope the site adds more from this artisan.
Artisan: Arte Comasagua
The town of Comasagua lies in the lush mountains of El Salvador, a tropical paradise where wildflowers, fruit trees, and coffee plantations thrive year round. But in 2001 a devastating 7.7 magnitude earthquake and resulting mudslides leveled much of the town, wiping out the local economy and leaving many of its residents without homes, food, jobs, or any means of support.
A local architect named Ana Rosa Graf decided she could bring economic growth to her community by creating a market for handicrafts using the area's most abundant natural resource -- wildflowers. In 2003, Arte Comasagua started with a small group of women artisans determined to create beautiful floral designs and build a better future for their families.
Today, in a bright yellow house in the heart of Comasagua, sixteen women artisans have found financial independence by crafting stunning handmade greeting cards using a plethora of wildflowers, grasses, and almond leaves. After gathering and pressing the flora, they design breathtaking one-of-a-kind landscapes, nativities, and scenes of mothers with children. Perhaps best of all, they're able to bring their children to work and have become a true community.
For most, the income generated by their artwork is a primary means of support, enabling them to pay for food, housing, and medical care for their families.
Through her work, an artisan named Roxana has been able to get medical care for a daughter who suffers from debilitating Gillian Barre disease. After two years of treatment, her daughter is 80% cured and plans to return to school to become a chef. She credits her mother's positive attitude and hard work with helping her keep her dreams alive during her illness.
Despite the challenges they face, the Arte Comasagua community is thankful to live in an area that blooms with wildflowers throughout the year, enabling them to gather the resources they need without making a negative impact on the planet.