Fair Trade Crafts

We support FAIR TRADE, not Free trade! We have a number of fair trade items for sale including bags, indigenous crafts, recycled paper, painting reproductions, and other items that promote a sustainable economy.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries and promote sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a “fair price” as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate and flowers.

Our Fair Trade Store

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These intricate baskets are woven by the Waunaan women of Biro Quera, Darien, Panama. The colors are made from natural dyes and are a true representation of the art of this indigenous culture
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These intricate baskets are woven by the Waunaan women of Biro Quera, Darien, Panama. The colors are made from natural dyes and are a true representation of the art of this indigenous culture


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These baskets are one-of-a-kind, made by the artisans of the Waunaan community in Biro Quera, Panama
BasketWaunaan Specialty Basket
These intricate baskets are woven by the Waunaan women of Biro Quera, Darien, Panama. The colors are made from natural dyes and are a true representation of the art of this indigenous culture
basket5Waunaan Specialty Basket
These intricate baskets are woven by the Waunaan women of Biro Quera, Darien, Panama. The colors are made from natural dyes and are a true representation of the art of this indigenous culture.
basket 6Waunaan Specialty Baskets
These intricate baskets are woven by the Waunaan women of Biro Quera, Darien, Panama. The colors are made from natural dyes and are a true representation of the art of this indigenous culture.
basket 7Waunaan Specialty Baskets
These intricate baskets are woven by the Waunaan women of Biro Quera, Darien, Panama. The colors are made from natural dyes and are a true representation of the art of this indigenous culture.
basket 8Waunaan Specialty Baskets
These intricate baskets are woven by the Waunaan women of Biro Quera, Darien, Panama. The colors are made from natural dyes and are a true representation of the art of this indigenous culture


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These intricate baskets are woven by the Waunaan women of Biro Quera, Darien, Panama. The colors are made from natural dyes and are a true representation of the art of this indigenous culture.

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Small Waunaan Specialty Baskets
These intricate baskets are woven by the Waunaan women of Biro Quera, Darien, Panama. The colors are made from natural dyes and are a true representation of the art of this indigenous culture.
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These intricate baskets are woven by the Waunaan women of Biro Quera, Darien, Panama. The colors are made from natural dyes and are a true representation of the art of this indigenous culture.


100_0779 Baskets Small Waunaan Woven Purse Baskets
These are a smaller version of the large Waunaan baskets. Still as intricately woven as the larger baskets, these miniature pieces of art are perfect for using as small necklace purses. Give one to your favorite little girl or hang one from your car mirror.

$15.00 each


Recycled Paper Cards (6 pack)

FAIR TRADE. This women’s cooperative helps to provide economy for the women in Jaque, Darien, Panama, many of whom are refugees escaping the war in Colombia.
The cards are made from recycled paper mixed with natural fibers such as coconut and other plant materials. Each card bares a leaf imprint from a plant of the rainforest.  6 cards for $5.00

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Tagua: Vegetable Ivory
The tagua is a seed that comes from a tree, so no animal had to lose any part of its body for this “vegetable ivory.” Tagua is a sustainable crop of the rainforest and helps provide economy for the Waunaan men who do the carving. The various shapes represent the natural world such as turtles, frogs, birds, and other animals. $10.00 each
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Totumos
These hand-carved totumos hang from the tree like a giant fruit. They are typically used in the rainforest as bowls for washing or storing fruit on the table or anything else you might use a bowl for.

$8.00 each

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Don’t be a passive acitivist; Be an active pacifist
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Cross Border BS

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The bumper stickers are $2.00 each or 3/ $5.00

VLM TopViva La Mujer Shirt (Womens)
This shirt features Rosita the Re-vetter, painted by Ana Tierra

Woman’s style is $18.00

Men’s T-shirt is $15.00

vlmnbutton Viva La Mujer Button
This pin features Rosita the Re-vetter, painted by Ana Tierra

mexicomusic Donate to Music Across Borders
Help us spread the joy of music! Your donation goes directly to our Music Across Borders program at the Casa Elizabet orphanage in Magdalena, Mexico.
Tortugitas!!! Adopt a Turtle Nest!
Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest in Jaque, Darien, Panama. You will receive an Adoptive Turtle Parent certificate and a tagua (vegetable ivory) carved turtle. Doantion is $20 per nest.
Elders6-1 Adopt our ‘Meals on Heels’ Program
Help us feed our elders in Jaque. Adopt our Meals on Heels program for one month, six months, one year, or longer!

Become a Member of BRIDGES!
The best way to get involved is to become a member of BRIDGES. As a member you will receive periodic updates about current and future projects, have a chance to win our quarterly drawing, and most of all—be informed! Your membership donation goes directly to maintaining our projects.
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Ana Tierra products on CafePresscafeoress

Unfortunately because we’re a small organization we cannot afford to have cool little things like coffee mugs, tote bags, etc. But, luckily for you we have created a small shop on cafepress.com! If you’re a fan of Ana Tierra’s artwork and would like it on a variety of mediums, please check out our store on CafePress. While the store is not fair-trade, BRIDGESreceives a portion from the sales, which all goes to benefit our projects and maintain our organization. Check it out!

Paintings by Eco-Artist Ana Tierra

Border Christ Eco-artist Ana Tierra (Ana Maria Vasquez) uses her art to express the wonders of life on Pacha Mama (Mother Earth). They depict the micro and personal aspects of life, as well as the grander connection to everything in the universe.

The sale of the following reproductions helps to fund the projects of Bridges Across Borders. Commissioning of original paintings is also available upon request. If you wish to order reproductions or an original painting for yourself, please donate via paypal, call, write, or email us with your request. Suggested donation of $10 per reproduction is requested.

We are currently working to compile and post the stories of each painting, so look for them here in the weeks ahead.

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Maya Luna

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Mexican Farmer and Child

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Resurrecting Earth


chico_mendesChico Mendes

Amor Pareja Totumo Amor Pareja Totumo


Beluthahatchee Stetson Beluthahatchee Stetson


Earthweaver Earth Weaver


let-peace-flyLet Peace Fly

la_playa_de_chocoLa Playa de Choco


let_the_sun_in Let the Sun In


living_arkLiving Ark


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Musica, la Musca

pacha_mama Pacha Mama

seeking_refuge Seeking Refuge

spanish_dancer Spanish Dancer

tree_of_life Tree of Life

turtleTurtle

turtle_motherTurtle Mother

virgin_de_guadalupeVirgin de Guadalupe

weaver_of_lifeWeaver of Life

ChrysalisChrysalis


the-loversThe Lovers


011-jungle-christ-smJungle Christ


Border ChristBorder Christ


014-our-lady-of-the-bordersLady of Our Borders


hacia-un-mundo-posibleHacia un Mundo Posible


american-womanAmerican Woman






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