Pilgrim Imports originated over 28 years ago in a village outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand. You would barely guess that three decades ago this was a chronically poor area; families accustomed to closeness were commonly forced to separate for survival as children went to work in Bangkok’s factories and tourist trades. Traditional village life deteriorated in the face of poverty. No longer do the villagers consider sending their kids away to the big city. Now, over 400 neighbors in this rural land work together to produce the art pieces Pilgrim customers love. They are able to remain in their homeland and utilize traditional metalworking skills. Pilgrim continues to draw ever more members into its extended family. Just this year, two new master craftsmen and their families came on board, bringing the total of master artisans to fifteen. This is how it should be, for there are many tasks that need to be completed on the Thai end to create Pilgrim’s adorable ornaments, pins, and jewelry. Fortunately, all of these jobs are honest, clean, and economical. No one thinks of dumping trash in rivers or landfills because the villagers work right where they live. No lead or any other dangerous chemicals are used in the products (although children should still take care when handling the pins and other sharp objects). Besides generally improving quality of life for hundreds, the work Pilgrim offers set other improvements in motion. For instance, the village’s local grade school received a paved road, computers and clean drinking water. The Thai Department of Education cited this once destitute place of learning as a model for rural schooling. The Thai villagers are glad for the opportunity to improve the lives of their children. These are people who cherish family, food, and friendship; they are welcoming and overflowing with unforgettable hospitality and kindness.
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Photos can not do justice to the intricate and lavish handcrafted metal and glass bead detail on this piece. Gorgeous, intricate 3D metal and glass bead ornament handcrafted in Thailand.
Dimensions: 4″ x 4″ x .5″
This metal designs is composed of three different metals—nickel, copper, and brass. There is no lead or any other harmful substance in the metals; all metal pieces are designed to be safe as possible, with a minimum of sharp corners and edges. Only lead free solder is used.
Your ornament will come wrapped in tissue paper and in a white gift box as pictured. Gift box and tissue paper made in USA from 100% recycled materials.
Imported by Pilgrim Imports Inc. – Fair trade and fair wages. Working together for good.