This captivating box hand-carved from Gorara stone is crafted by artisans working with Asha Handicrafts. Gorara stone is sometimes referred to as India soapstone. It is from the Hamirpur and Mahoba areas of Uttar Pradesh and comes in a variety of mottled colors.
Made by: Asha Handicrafts Association - A fair trade organization, Asha represents more than 6,500 artisans in 10 states of India. The association’s name, meaning "hope" in Sanskrit, represents its goal to sustain the marketing ability of individual and family–based artisans. A not–for–profit organization, Asha works to ensure that benefits of handicraft production reach the craftspeople themselves. Asha promotes sustainability and helps eliminate producer debt through direct purchases and advance payments. Producer benefits include educational assistance for children, medical checkups and treatment, a health center at Saharanpur, savings programs for artisans and spouses, non-formal education projects and relief–related social projects.
Approximate Dimensions: 6L x 1.75H x 4W inches; Inside: 5.5L x 0.75H x 3.25W inches