Give a unique bridesmaid gift that is socially responsible and affordable. Consider the product offerings from Lotus Jane, a fair trade shop with handcrafted goods from marginalized producers throughout the world, mainly Cambodia.
After adopting a daughter from Cambodia in 2000, Jill Kimball was determined to give something back to this devastated country. A year later, she launched Lotus Jayne, a company through which she sources fine handicrafts from disadvantaged populations and sells them here in the United States. She works only with suppliers whose efforts assist in bringing these underprivileged communities into the global marketplace.
Lotus Jayne offers a range of goods—from 100 percent hand-woven silk scarves (from $22) to jewelry made from recycled materials like brass artillery shells (pendants from $18) and magazine pages transformed into paper beads (cuffs from $10)—that would make lovely keepsakes for your bridesmaids. Visit the Lotus Jayne website to see the full scope of products. —Danine Alati