At VivaTerra, we understand the incomparable quality found only in products made by hand, and have tremendous respect for the expert craftsmanship of our many artisans. These gifted artisans hail from more than twenty different countries around the world. They may come from different cultures, but all take pride in the beautiful products they create for us.

Today we wanted to shine the spotlight on Prokritee, a wonderful non-profit organization that supports Bengali women’s groups. Prokritee (which means “nature” in Bangla) manages eight handicraft enterprises that provide jobs for poor rural women.

Prokritee artisans produce hundreds of unique handmade items, including cards, albums, frames, wrapping paper, candles and wooden toys. Many of our exquisite gift wrap items are made by Prokritee artisans, as are our handmade garlands and silk gift bags.

The care that Prokritee artisans take in producing these high quality handmade goods is evident in each and every one. They’re all meticulously crafted with the attention to detail that only human hands can provide.

The women who work for the Prokritee enterprises are widows, divorcees or head-of-households with little or no income. By providing training and jobs for these women, Prokritee is able to improve their standard of living and help them see a future filled with hope and happiness instead of poverty and despair.

Prokritee also has a design department, which helps match the skills of the artisans with the needs of customers while remaining committed to developing designs that reflect the cultural heritage of Bangladesh.

We're delighted to offer you an extraordinary collection of handmade products created by Prokritee women artisans. We know you will love them just as much as we do!

Image Courtesy of Prokritee