Few feelings top the joy of buying a beautiful, well-made new item (be it a pair of jeans, a bag of fair-trade coffee, or in this case, a blanket), and that list narrows even further when you know that no one was mistreated in the process of getting that thing to you. Those of you who understand this unparalleled feeling of truly guilt-free shopping will appreciate these blankets from Handa.
Their Natural Cotton Indigo Blankets are not only made from 100% natural dyes and materials, but the proceeds from the sales go to help the Mangyan artisans who made them. The Mangyan people are an indigenous group from the Philippines who have historically been disenfranchised by the Spanish and Tagolog. They now live in the interior of Mindoro island with poor access to clean water and medicine. Handa provides fair wages to its Mangyan artisans and has begun to build a library with proceeds from the sale of these blankets.
Naturally-dyed and handmade, no two blankets are alike. So, if you want a picnic blanket or bed throw as unique as your jeans, and one that gives back to the community who made it, check out Handa.
Available for $375 from Kaufmann Mercantile.