NOVICA is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites in the world. In a unique partnership with National Geographic, they give talented artisans around the world the chance to express and showcase their unique and beautiful talents and provide access to the world market. Artisans in far-off countries can display their wares online; Novica provides the necessary platform for these artisans to be able to do so. Along with the art pieces, viewers can also access artists' biographies, photographs, and videos. Furthermore, they can interact with the artists by sending messages to them and learning about their lives at home and their personal philosophies.
I was thrilled when I was contacted by NOVICA to do a product review as I had heard of them, but had not really had the full experience of browsing through their site. It literally took me hours to go through the many products they had available and I spent many further hours browsing through the various artist biographies and philosophies that are available on this site. Take a look at some of the things I had my eye on:
NOVICA Artisans Loans.
NOVICA also has an amazing Corporate Gifts section, and I spent considerable time checking out the items in that area alone. I was simply amazed at the unique and amazing gifts that could be found on this area of the site. They have one of the largest online collection of corporate trade gift collections, gifts that include items for client gifts, sales incentives, employee recognition and awards. There are many unique gifts available for your corporation to choose gifts that will make a lasting impression.
These are the table runner and placemats I ordered, in taupe and dark brown. The table runner was much longer than I expected and the placemats can be used on either side, depending on whether you want the darker or lighter sides facing up. I was so impressed with what I received, I am considering placing some orders for some Christmas items. I think the only drawback from a Canadian perspective when it comes to ordering, is the shipping and handling as that was pretty pricey, around $14.00. I didn't get a chance to check if there was reduced shipping if you ordered more than one item though, or if the shipping charges were different if a product came from a different country, something I am going to check out shortly. I will let you know what I discover.
NOVICA, including many of its products and artisans, has been featured in many articles and features, such as Vogue, Edge, and US Today. It has been named among the 'Fastest 50 Companies in the World', named the 'Top 100' Website, and has won a WAKEUP! Award. If you get a chance, don't hesitate to take a look at this amazing and fascinating website.