This post was created in partnership with WorldFinds, a fair trade jewelry and accessories brand known for their vibrant, recycled Kantha pieces.
Fair trade products were my first exposure to the world of conscious living—and it continues to be that seal of approval I frequently look for when shopping for ethical fashion.
On top of looking for that fair trade standard, I also like to select artisan handmade goods whenever possible—there’s just something undeniably special about owning and wearing a piece that was individually handcrafted with care by an artisan, craftsperson, or maker from another part of the world.
There’s simply no question that fair trade handmade pieces have a powerful purpose behind them and a deep, beautiful story worth sharing—and WorldFinds‘ striking pieces are the perfect illustration of this beauty and impact.
The jewelry that WorldFinds is most known for, their Kantha jewelry, is meticulously handcrafted from recycled Kantha textiles by women artisans in India. I’ve actually never seen jewelry quite like this before, and was beyond excited to see what these pieces look like in person!
Because they are handmade, every single piece is one-of-a-kind, making WorldFinds’ jewelry pieces that you’ll treasure for years to come.
Who Made My Jewelry?
This is becoming an increasingly important question to ask from the brands we purchase from as global supply chains become more and more opaque.
With WorldFinds, you can answer this question with confidence.
WorldFinds works with over 700 women artisans in India and Bali. These artisans belong to women’s cooperatives, family groups, or members of the World Fair Trade Organization. This guarantees that every artisan crafting WorldFinds’ pieces earns fair wages for their work, has a safe and healthy workplace, and is treated with respect.
By earning fair, living wages through their work for WorldFinds, these women are able to afford necessities they had never been able to do before: like send their children to school, purchase a water meter, or invest in a two-room flat.
The impact is clear. By choosing to purchase a fairly-made, artisan-crafted piece from WorldFinds rather than a mass-produced product you don’t know the origins of, you are helping to guarantee sustainable employment for women that enable them to support their families and communities.
How was it made?
Another key element of WorldFinds‘ conscious production standards is their dedication to sourcing earth-friendly recycled materials.
The brand’s Kantha jewelry (which is all of the jewelry you see featured in this post!), are made from recycled Sari and Kantha textiles. These textiles are wrapped around wooden beads that are made from leftover wood scraps that have been sourced from local furniture factories.
I’m incredibly impressed by the resourcefulness of WorldFinds’ jewelry designs. While some brands using repurposed materials really have that “recycled” look to them, WorldFinds makes circular fashion look so beautiful!
Let’s talk style!
If you’ve been following along for a while, you probably know that, while I certainly wear neutrals from time to time, I’m no neutralist. I love a good pop of color!
And WorldFinds’ pieces are a simple and stylish way to add in a few rich hues to any look.
I was thrilled to be able to try out WorldFinds’ more vibrant pieces as well their more subtly accented ones. It was a lot of fun to style this jewelry with different colors and looks—I hope it gives you some ethical #ootd inspiration as well!
Honoring the vibrancy and artistry of traditional Kantha textiles, WorldFinds‘ bright Kantha pieces are the perfect bold accessories for adding a dose of color to a basic look or for complementing an equally colorful outfit.
Often in the ethical fashion community, you hear about people sticking to neutrals to make it simple to mix and match and get the most out of garments and accessories. But, I’ve learned that you don’t have to just wear neutrals to get the most out of your pieces!
When accessories have a variety of colors in them (like the jewelry from WorldFinds), you can easily wear them with many colors or neutrals you already have in your closet.
I decided to wear my WorldFinds’ pieces with a floral maxi skirt, which brought in similar shades of pink, blue, and off-white.
I paired this skirt and the jewelry with a white peasant-style blouse (because it was just too perfect of a piece to not wear to a castle photo location!) as well as with a burgundy top (which I’m more likely to wear day-to-day).
This delicate Kantha Horizontal Bar Necklace is certainly going to be one of my most well-loved pieces of jewelry. It adds just the right touch of unique beauty and vibrancy to nearly any outfit.
Though these pieces could easily be worn year-round, the warm yellow and black of WorldFinds’ Kantha Midnight Sun Necklace and Kantha Noir Spiral Bracelet have an undeniable fall feeling! And this necklace and bracelet set pair nicely with fall neutrals like off-white, tan, and gray.
My favorite way to wear statement necklaces is with a simple blouse! So, I paired the Kantha necklace with yellow corduroy shorts and a gray blouse for an autumn-inspired look.
The black and yellow jewelry can also add some color and texture to an all-black look. I matched the same bracelet and necklace set with a black jumpsuit and tan jacket when exploring Strasbourg, France last weekend.
Another Favorite from WorldFinds
Beyond their fair trade jewelry, WorldFinds also has gorgeous artisan accessories. This intricately detailed clutch also made from recycled Kantha textiles is definitely one of my favorites! I adore the eye-catching pattern and colorful accents.
I’m planning to use this piece to carry small essentials within a larger bag for day-to-day and to wear it as a chic clutch for evening outings.
This was just a sampling of the exquisite handcrafted fair trade jewelry and accessories available from WorldFinds! To discover all of the ethical brand’s exceptional, vibrant pieces, head on over to WorldFinds.com.