I've been thinking lately that I would love to find more craft supplies that are environmentally friendly and/or fairly traded. Well, Child Two and I were in Ten Thousand Villages recently and we saw these packages of skeletal leaves, from Salay Handmade Paper Industries, that are made by women in the Philippines who are paid a fair price for their work. I've seen these types of leaves in craft stores, but not fair-trade ones.
It's hard to tell just what they look like from these stunning photos (it's not easy to take pictures of a stack of paper-thin leaves in a plastic envelope on a sunny day). They're very, very thin and you can see all the veins in the leaves. They're used in collages, scrapbooking, cardmaking, and decoupage (on the second page of Salay's "gifts and novelties" section, there's a picture frame decorated with them). The guy who sold them to me told me about a woman who made a mobile out of them. I have four packages: green, dark blue, teal blue, and red. It looks like there are eight or ten leaves in each package.
If you'd like to win a package, leave a comment here. If there's one color you desperately want, please say so. I'll leave this contest open for a week or so and then draw one or more winners randomly and contact them for their addresses. This is open to anyone, anywhere. Cat not included.