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Small gifts, big impact - brand new autumn range now on sale

Our revamped autumn/winter 2012 catalogue is out now - and it's packed with fair trade fashion, accessories, toys, food and gifts.

8 August 2012

Autumn 2012 catalogue front cover.jpgThe new fair trade range offers more than 450 fair trade products, each celebrating indigenous craftsmanship from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Whether you want to update your wardrobe with luxurious knitwear or fill your home with this season's autumnal hues, our new products are just the ticket.

Many are handcrafted by artisans using traditional skills. Our range of alpaca knitwear (Alpaca Cardigan and Alpaca Wrap) is hand knitted by Peruvian artisans.

We've also got the perfect gifts for little ones. Our children's toys are handmade and are all CE marked. They're made using traditional techniques such as weaving, crochet and embroidery. Gina Giraffe, Mandy Monkey and Larry Lion are lovingly handmade at Selyn, a community of handloom cotton weavers in Sri Lanka.

And our unique Christmas decorations from around the world are an ethical way to celebrate the festive season. Each one is handmade using locally sourced materials and made by craftspeople using traditional skills and techniques. Each item is unique – and each has its own story.

Tackling human trafficking in Nepal

Nepalese Felt Nativity SetGPI felt making workshop

Human trafficking is rife in some rural areas of Nepal. One of Traidcraft’s producer groups, Get Paper Industries (GPI), is based in such an area – just outside Kathmandu. Poverty and lack of employment opportunities make women in this area vulnerable to being trafficked, which is why Traidcraft provided funds for GPI to set up a felt-making workshop.

This workshop provides employment opportunities and skills training for women either at risk of being trafficked or who have been victims of trafficking. Our Felt Nativity Set (page 19, pictured above) is one of the first products they have made.

A percentage of total sales from GPI products goes to its sister charity, GWP. This is a charity that funds social activities, such as education for girls, promoting awareness of AIDS and tackling human trafficking.