Saturday, May 19, 2012

MyMela : Saving Traditional Crafts of India {Review}

MyMela is a new philanthropic site and its an awesome resource to find handmade jewelry (there are pieces UNDER $25!) and amazing handmade home and fashion accessories (most are under $100!). Jessica Alba was recently spotted wearing the Milky Way Lambswool Scarf ($69) carried exclusively on the site!'s mission is to provide India's artisans with a sustainable e-commerce platform that will help them preserve their centuries-old traditions and businesses, which are in decline due to poverty, high interest loans and competition from low-cost, mass produced products from other countries.

MyMela offers many items, including beautiful bangles and bracelets, perfect for accessorizing your summer wardrobe! I received the Regal Gift Bangle Set for this review.

These three brass bangles are nickel-free and hypoallergenic. The colors are gold and a deep purple (although it seems to change in different lights, and looks blue in my photos!). Gold is not a color I usually would wear, especially in jewelry. However, with the purple it seems to work well with my pale skin tone and I'm enjoying the challenges of coordinating outfits with this new found color in my accessories! I love the designs on each one, using traditional jali artistry and inlaid bone. Wearing all three together is a fun contrast of designs and really stands out! This set of three bangles for just $14.95 is a bargain in comparison to designer jewelry that can go for a lot more. They also came in a cute little organza bag that makes it even easier to give as a gift. The quality is very nice so you really can't go wrong with this set of bangles from MyMela!

I love that shopping with MyMela is supporting artisans of India who may not otherwise be able continue their traditions in the way of art and creativity. By giving artisans in India the opportunity to offer their goods in a sustainable marketplace like MyMela, these artisans are more likely to preserve the artistic traditions from their past, and empower future generations to do the same. MyMela provides a convenient and affordable online platform for these artisans to further their opportunities in life for themselves and their families. 

Want to make a difference? Check out MyMela's assortment of beautiful scarves, jewelry, frames and more and make a purchase today. Or you can even support these artisans through MyMela's IMAF (Integrated Micro Advance Funding) program. You can fund a loan request from an artisan that needs to purchase raw materials, training, or other improvements at a 0% interest rate. To learn more about this program and how you can help, click HERE.

Price: Regal Gift Bangle Set - $14.95
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