One Village began in 1979 as an organisation providing marketing support for craftmakers co-operatives in Asia and Africa, before ‘fair trade’ as we recognise it today really existed. Today, they retain this commitment to producers but with a focus on making their beautiful products available to consumers.
Of the Paradise Garden cushion cover, they say:
A glimpse of paradise in an organized garden of a four cornered pool with pathways, flowers, trees and joyful birds. It is the style commonly associated with Islamic imagery in garden design. The origins of this heavenly vision are symbolic and really ancient, probably going back through Persia and connecting with references in the Book of Genesis. Our paradise garden is re-created in a gloriously embroidered cushion cover by members of a cooperative of Kathiawadi people in Gujarat, western India.
This is just one in a huge range of incredible hand-embroidered soft furnishings available from One Village – we only wish we had room to stock many, many more!