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Tuesday - Saturday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1056 St. Charles Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30306
Ten Thousand Villages offers aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly handmade paper products from Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi handmade paper items -- writing paper, cards and books -- are crafted by widowed, abandoned or divorced women in Mennonite Central Committee employment projects. Scraps from local jute mills provide most of the material. Jute is a renewable resource, plentiful within Bangladesh. Other paper is made using water hyacinth, a weed that is choking Bangladesh's waterways. Rag and other fibers are added to give color and improve strength and smoothness.
Fibers are beaten down into a pulp that is floated in a large tub of water. The pulp is collected on a hand-held screen until a thin, even sheet of paper is formed. It is transferred to a steel sheet, dried in the sun, and peeled from the sheet. The paper is then cut to shape and size. Most is either bleached or dyed, using environmentally safe compounds.
Some of our most popular products are:
Muhugu Wood and Kisii Stone from Kenya
Handmade Paper from Bangladesh
For more information about Bangladesh, check out:
Ten Thousand Villages -- Bangladesh Information
The Vulnerable Groups Development Programme in Bangladesh (a program of the United Nations ESCAP HRD Section)
Unleasing the Volunteer Spirit in Bangladesh, a program of The Hunger Project
Relief Operation in Bangladesh, a summary of current disaster relief efforts by the Red Cross/Red Crescent [NOTE: large file, very slow download]
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