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Everyone loves a pretty picture, and the women in our office are no different! We find beauty all over the world, and share it on Instagram! Check out some of our favorite Instagrams below and make sure to follow us! @bajalia

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 10.39.25 AMGetting ready to ship out necklaces for an HSN show

 

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Beautiful decorations at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

 

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Our office inspiration wall

 

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Our model decked out in some of our favorite Afghanistan Lapis pieces

 

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A preview of our Spring development

 

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 10.40.27 AMBehind the scenes on the HSN set

Behind the Jewelry

While we love showing you all of the action behind the scenes while Bajalia is on-air with HSN, we can’t help but take time to highlight the artisans behind the jewelry. We recently sent out a handful of questions and asked our producers to capture artisan responses so we might better understand their lives and perspectives on the work they do. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know them and seeing the way that your partnership with us is truly changing the world!

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Meet N* – she is a Bajalia artisan living in India. We love seeing her here handcrafting our “Kumari” necklace!

B: If you might change anything about your life, what would it be?

N: I would change that incidence when my husband met with the accident and became physically disabled. That moment completely changed my life.

B: How has your life changed since you started working?

N: Since I started working, I have become a self-dependent woman who can take care of and give a good upbringing and education to my children. Empowerment gives me strength, hope for living and made me a self-confident person.

B: Have there been any changes in the lives of your children?

N: Yes, at the time my family was struggling to fulfill physiological needs such as food, shelter and clothes due to my husband’s disability. We weren’t able to fulfill our basic needs because no one was working and there was no source of income. I didn’t give up because my daughters were kids and had their whole lives to live, their education, career and marriage. All of these things were in my mind and encouraged me to do something for my family.

I chose to work as an artisan and started doing handicraft work. Because of this work, I was able to give my daughters an education.

B: What brings you the most joy in your life?

N: My work and spending time with my family–especially time with my grandson.

B: Think about your village. What is something you would love to see change there?

N: I want people to treat their daughters as similar to their sons, with equal potential. There should be no bias between boy and girl. They should be treated equal.

*We have decided not to disclose our artisan’s names in order to keep their identities confidential.

Spring Preview

This weekend, Debbie took a turn behind the camera to shoot a sneak preview of our Spring collection.

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IMG_5930Spring is all about bright colors, fun designs, and great outfits! Our jewelry works well against prints and solid colors and is the perfect accent to your favorite Spring dress!

IMG_5581IMG_6003IMG_6199Thanks to our mother-daughter modeling duo for making our new jewelry look good! Make sure to check to check back soon to shop the Spring collection!

 

 

 

Candy Colored Gems

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We’re only a couple of hours away from our first Spring show of 2015 on HSN! We are incredibly excited to be a part of their Spring Fashion Edit! We have been so inspired by all the bright colors in our office lately, and the bright colors at HSN only inspire us more!

Make sure to check out “Dree’s Closet Must-Haves” videos at the bottom of the page! Dree is wearing three of our new necklaces in the Candy Colored Gems video! We love how she layered them together – the look is so unexpected, and looks great on her white top!

Make sure to catch our CEO, Debbie Farah, on air tomorrow! You won’t want to miss our new styles in bright Spring colors!

Santa Clause was an Abolitionist.

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Santa Clause it seems is the original abolitionist!  I love that and thought I’d share this encouraging story hoping you’ll better understand how he fought for women.

The true story begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara.  At the time, the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey.  His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young.  So Nicholas himself was an orphan.  Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering.  He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.  Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his…

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Fair is Fair

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Fair Trade can be confusing to understand because it involves so many different organizations and certifications. What is Fair Trade anyway? Is it really fair? As we look at some of the recent global crises in this space, another question we often hear is: Who can we trust?

The idea behind Fair Trade has to do with communicating standards and accepted behaviors for making goods to be sold in the global market. Fair Trade helps producers in third-world and emerging economies understand what is expected of them as they do business throughout the world. Certifications and accessibility varies from country to country.

It is certainly not fair that the poorest people in the world lack the money, education, or support of their governments to drive a market. At Bajalia, as we think of Fair Trade, we celebrate all of our partners working to help equalize the playing field throughout the world. However, we’re concerned that the process is moving much too slowly given the condition of the world today.

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While our company plays fair with the producers in our supply chain, we’re not always able to attain Fair Trade Certification for each product we sell. Therefore, we don’t have Fair Trade Logos on products made available through our website. Some of the producers we represent live in war-torn countries and high risk areas where access to Fair Trade inspectors and certification is not available to them. If we choose not to carry their products because we aren’t able to ensure Fair Trade Certification, we would marginalize them even more by not bringing their goods to market.

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In light of this, when it comes to global consumer goods, our company believes that the key to answering the question, “Who can we trust?” is understanding when a company truly operates with integrity and chooses transparency with consumers and retailers as it relates to ethical behavior within their supply chain. At Bajalia, we understand how important it is to live this out in our space. We are also committed to creating an environment where global artisans are able to come to market, regardless of their location in the world.

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We understand how, more and more, people are living in the most difficult of circumstances, so today we show you some of the faces of Fair Trade. These are faces of women with amazing strength and dignity, those who have chosen to help bring jobs to the families, neighborhoods and villages we visit. These are the faces of women who change the world. These women represent the hands which weave a future, sew a new and better tomorrow, mold a transformed world and raise the leaders of tomorrow. These are the people we celebrate. Our hope is that, with the collaborative efforts of Fair Trade and companies which operate with integrity and transparency, we will move forward creating a world which is exceptionally fair for them.

Follow Bajalia in the field as we interact with our producers and artisans: Bajalia on YouTube.

 

 

 

 

Behind the Camera

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As we prepared to launch our new website, we started with a couple photo shoots. If you know the Bajalia story, it all started with photography as Debbie, our CEO and Founder, was asked to travel and document the work being done by women globally. Traveling as a photojournalist, she captured the stories she heard. Fifteen years have passed since that time and oh, the places we have gone! Photography still plays a huge role in what we do as Bajalia continues telling the stories of women around the world.

Our photo shoots were no exception! We are so excited to see how our gorgeous jewelry goes with all of the latest and greatest fall trends. We ended up with so many great images and found it hard to pick!

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Many thanks to our two photographers: our CEO, Debbie Farah who still loves to get behind the camera; and, Shauna Hundeby from East Coast Photography who is our new best friend. They both captured the Bajalia Style in a beautiful way. Our extreme thanks goes out to our models: Nikki, Samantha, Kate, Cory, Xio, Callie, and Olivia!

Here are a few behind the scenes shots. Enjoy!