Let us take a closer look at MYO Accessories supplier of candy-wrapper bag merchandise
to Global Crafts for a number of years. This just happens to be something we know about
because local Guerrero artisans created that productn which became commercially popular
for a number of years and especially in Fair Trade retail stores across the USA and Canada.
The claim is made that purchase of one of these candy-wrapper bags
will help the craftsperson who made the product and his or her family.
Here is the way in which this claim is stated by Global Crafts:
“Global Crafts is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and the World Fair Trade Organization. Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system. Fair Trade Organizations put artisans and farmers at the heart of every decision they make. Members of the Fair Trade Federation are screened against the Nine Principles of Fair Trade.
These principles are:
4. Promote Fair Trade
5. Pay Promptly and Fairly
6. Support Empowering Working Conditions
7. Ensure Children’s Rights
8. Cultivate Environmental Stewardship
and 9. Respect Cultural Identity.
In order to become a member of the Fair Trade Federation, businesses must demonstrate a full commitment to every one of these principles.”
This is what Global Crafts publishes on its web-site as of December 2018.
What about this proclamation of high ideals regarding craftspeople? WHY are our appeals
for fairness and respectful communications ignored, as if we have done something wrong?
The candy-wrapper bags are from a nahuatl-speaking village in this municipality of Taxco.
Did MYO Accessories in Mexico City source candy-wrapper bags for Global-Crafts in Tlama?
Perhaps, perhaps someone brought them the products to where they were in Mexico City?
When candy-wrapper merchandise was popular, prisoners made it. By the end of the boom,
most of the candy-wrapper bags were made in prisons, and even the Tlamacazapa vendors would source product from the jails. One supplier, named Danny – he may have been Canadian, working out of New York – (not 100% certain) was burnt alive by his partner
an ex-convict in the Acapulco prison. All I know about what I just said is what was in all the newspapers at the time. Danny was a big importer of the candywrapper bags manufactured in the penal institutions, but, evidently, his partner turned-on-him, and Danny’s life ended.
I am not accusing anybody of anything, but would Global Crafts find out from MYO Accessories where, exactly, they sourced that Fair Trade candy-wrapper merchandise?
WHO are the women in the video? Their names and celular telephone numbers, please.
Is it possible they made a video of these workers, yet failed to write-down contact info?
Are they still employed? Or was the work only temporary, while candy-wrapper was hot?
What is the good of employing artisans, if its only for a day? or only for a few months?
Artisans, like other people, need to live, need to be able to support families every day.
You can see in this video that these are humble people. How much were they paid to
do the video? In our experience, people who come to take images usually pay nothing.
They will claim that one will get a reward, with some promised big-orders in the future.
Will MYO ACCESSORIES please identify themselves and state if they truly know the source of the candy-wrapper bag merchandise they supplied to Global Crafts of Florida for years.
Or did they purchase the product from someone without really knowing who made it?
It is about the women in the video. What are their names? Where can we find them?
Somebody sent us this video and said this was another Fair Trade company on the scene.
I don’t know what to think; you decide: what do you think? Did this lady really change her life stringing beads to make necklaces? Or is this unfortunate person meant to be more of a *symbol* of how things “should be”? In this day and age, don’t they have phone numbers?
YOU BE THE JUDGE; IS THIS WOMAN REALLY AN ARTISAN, OR IS THIS JUST HYPE?
People don’t realize that the true traditional-artisans like ourselves are damaged
by the misrepresentations like this video where this lady is presented as an artisan.
We are NOT allowed the space we need to be able to market-ourselves as-ourselves
because there are many counterfeit “help-the-artisans” sites out-now selling-jewelry.
Does anyone have a good idea for us? How do we distinguish ourselves from the fakes?
Somebody suggest how we might look at this, a solution for us to try to survive at least.
The exploitation of Third World craftspeople has gotten even more intense recently
as the humanitarian fakers have stepped up their mindless self-interested elimination
of the authentic artisans out of the market alltogether! Meanwhile, hiding behind
the contrived image of the third-world artisan family, to sell their b.s. merchandise.
Traditional craftspeople are dependent on income received for one’s products,
the artisans are the legitimate intellectual owners of their own designs, NOT the shameless commercial dealers who just copy any design they want to have made elsewhere cheaper.
The artisans own their own identities and that of their families.
The use of pictures of the children of craftspeople to suggest to prospective customers
that these people will benefit from the sale, is the hijacking of personal identity for profit. Certainly, if these were rich people, such fast-and-loose playing around with their personal images surely would be sanctionable.
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