Inca Kids: Fair and fashionable stuff for kids

04/21/2008 at 07:00 AM ET

inca1.jpg Looking for a gift that stands out? Sick of the mass market and want to give a gift that feels a little more personal, hands on and earth friendly to boot? Inca Kids offers fair trade, hand made and fashionable apparel, accessories, and artisan toys. Their products are made of natural fibers and materials that are their trademark in apparel and accessories.

Their line of toys include more than 25 hand knitted finger puppets characters (from a butterfly to a fireman, a llama to a clown fish), traditional musical instruments. Their charming line of "Arpillera" items include a storybook, a mobile, a backpack, a small bag and tapestries. The "Arpilleras" are exquisitely detailed hand-sewn three dimensional textile pictures that illustrate the stories of the lives of the people in Peru: Stories of planting and harvesting, stories of spinning and weaving wool; stories of country life, of tending llamas, sheep and goats; stories of weddings and fiestas. Their artists painstakingly hand stitch every single detail.

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All the Inca Kids products are crafted by unprivilegedPeruvian artisans in different parts of the country. Many of them workin cooperatives located in the dusty shantytowns of poor and displacedfamilies that ring the capital city of Lima with unemployment near 80%and few sources of income. Their project, provides a fair wage toartisans allowing them to support their families and educate theirchildren, providing a little better living standard. I was extremelyimpressed with the gorgeous quality and craftsmanship of the items Ireceived from Inca Kids. They are heirloom items and the hand knititems are incredibly soft to the touch. The finger puppets are justadorable!

Exclusively for CBB Readers: Save 10% when you enter the Coupon Code STYLE. Additionally, orders over $100 will receive two free finger puppets!

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