In the seventies, major girl power was still in its infancy and mainly manifested through self-learning. Evening classes were very popular and homes were adorned with the proud results of macramé and pottery courses; chunky, wonky bowls and owls on a twig were a right of passage and many of us would not be where we are today without these symbols of determination and drive. They were important times. The skill that macramé and pottery demands is immense and today it is recognised and appreciated in ceramics. Macramé, it seems, slipped by the wayside and got unfairly labelled as old-fashioned. However, this handmade lampshade is a catalyst for change once more. Firstly, the simple-looking design belies the artisan’s amazing prowess and dexterity and secondly this neat and charming pot-bellied lampshade in natural string has finally come of age. It is a stunning and homage to women's history. It is similar in shape to a lantern with a respectful nod to the seventies, a sufficient spoonful of the traditional added and seasoned with a generous pinch of contemporary boho spirit. It adds warmth, visual interest and kick-ass beauty to any room.
The supplier of this gorgeous item is based in Noida, India and employs over fifty people, men and women. They provide their employees with a number of benefits such as interest free loans, free conveyance, medical benefits, loans for education and scholarships for the children of their workers. They celebrate Diwali and New Year at the work place and provide all staff with lunch. They support the Caring Foundation and also ‘Samarpan’, an NGO which provides children from the slums with schooling and orphaned children with a place to stay. They harvest rainwater at their factory and are continuously working to improve conditions with plans to make it low to zero carbon footprint factory in the very near future. They hope to grow the company too to create job opportunities for as many people as possible. They are proud to be an ISO 9001-2008 certified company and are approved by BSCI and SGS.
Why we love this product!
- Fairly traded
- Historically important and traditionally made
Dimensions: Diameter: 50cm H: 133cm