Tuesday, April 10, 2018

African Market Basket Special

Every year we give away a packet of vegetable seeds with each Bolga basket purchase at our brick and mortar stores to celebrate Earth Day. This year we decided to extend the special to the whole month of April. These beautiful fair trade baskets are handwoven in the West African country of Ghana, in the farming communities of the Bolgatanga region from which the baskets' name is derived. They are well-suited for harvesting flowers and vegetables as well as for shopping at farmer's markets. Offer does not apply to internet orders, sorry!

Our Port Gamble,  WA store is at 32239 Rainier Avenue NE, and our Bainbridge Island, WA store is at 160 Winslow Way West, in Winslow Green. 
Happy Harvesting!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Spring Mata Traders has Arrived

~ Tracy Zhu, Owner

I don't know if I've ever looked forward to a clothing collection as much as Mata Traders' Spring 2018 dresses. The samples were stellar and the final products did not disappoint. The collection features lots of creams, pastels, relaxed silhouettes, and pockets. These are easy to wear garments that aren't fussy but still retail those trademark Mata details like subtle embroidery on a bodice, hidden pockets, or a bit of pintucking. We have about 40% of our entire spring order in stock now, with the remaining dresses arriving mid-April. You can see the dresses at our Bainbridge Island, WA store or on our website. Here are some of our favorites.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Global Mamas Goes Organic

Tracy Zhu, Owner

One of our favorite suppliers, Global Mamas out Accra, Ghana made the switch to certified organic cotton in their apparel this year. This blog post is a great read for supply chain nerds like me as it recounts their years-long quest to source organic, fair trade cotton. For those of you already familiar with Global Mamas clothing, you'll find it has the same crispness and structure as before but with a slightly more satiny feel.

Photos courtesy of GlobalMamas.org

You can see our Global Mamas collection here, and we have much more of it coming this spring. We already have some of the new organic line available at our Bainbridge Islamd, WA and Port Gamble, WA stores, as well as online.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bolga Market Baskets with Rubber Handles

Did you know we offer some styles of African baskets with rubber handles as an alternative to leather? Both our large Bolga market baskets and small Bolga market baskets have this option. You can purchase online or at our Port Gamble, Washington store. The recycled rubber handles are durable as well as comfortable to grip. All of our Bolga baskets are handmade, fair trade products of the West African nation of Ghana.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

West African Straw Fans

Here we are again with an off-season post. ​We are fully stocked up again on our ​West African Straw Fans, available online and at our Port Gamble store. These fair trade fans are made from elephant grass with goatskin handles, and hail from Ghana. They work really well but also can be decorative. $24.99.

Knit Wool Christmas Stockings from Nepal

Every October we make the same apology about it being terribly early to post about Christmas. However, every year we have customers awaiting our fall shipment of handmade wool knit Christmas stockings from Nepal, and since some styles sell out quickly, we like to get word out early. Our 2017 selection is now in stock and available online. They won't be in our brick and mortar stores in Port Gamble and Bainbridge Island until early November. These beautiful fair trade knit Christmas stockings are 100% wool and are imported by Ganesh Himal Trading, a venerable fair trade organization in Spokane, Washington.