The beautiful fair trade tableware range designed by celebrity chef Kylie Kwong exclusively for Oxfam Australia has gone on sale around Australia.
To mark its release and to give Kylie fans a behind-the scenes look at how the range was developed, Oxfam has released a short video of Kylie’s visit to the workshop where her first ever range is being crafted. The video, which can be viewed on the Oxfam website, also introduces some of the people who are creating the fair trade range.
The unique hand-painted crockery, which includes soup and rice bowls with matching plates, a soup spoon, a teapot and teacup and a coffee cup, is now available in Oxfam’s retail shops around Australia as well as Oxfam’s online shop, www.oxfamshop.org.au.
The project has taken more than 12 months from conception to completion, with each product carefully hand-crafted by mostly female artisans near Hanoi in Northern Vietnam. Employees at the fair trade workshop receive above average wages, good working conditions, opportunities for training and career progression and more.
“As a long term advocate of fair trade, I am excited to be able to help raise the profile of this important issue through this project, and am really proud of the design we’ve created,” Ms Kwong said.
The striking “Lotus” range is charcoal-coloured on the outside and jade green inside and features a hand-painted pink lotus flower design.
“In creating the design, I was inspired by the symbol of the lotus, which to me represents femininity, spirituality and the importance of our environment,” Ms Kwong said.
The video can be viewed at: www.oxfam.org.au/kyliekwong
Images of the range and of Kylie’s visit to Vietnam with Oxfam are also available.
More information about the project is available at www.oxfamshop.org.au/mr_22_08_11
Oxfam’s shops sell a wide range of hand-crafted, fair trade products from around the world. The products come from around 60 producer partners in 30 countries, helping thousands of farmers and artisans in developing countries earn better wages in decent conditions and gain market access.
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