Handmade Items

Published in October 2015 in partnership with the Fair Trade Federation, our Handmade Buyer's Guide provides information on the various companies in Canada selling Fair Trade Handmade Items. Check it out today!

Want to see your fair trade business featured in future Handmade Guides? Consider joining the Fair Trade Federation, a vibrant and supportive community of businesses that work with small farmers and artisans in partnerships built on trust.


Handicrafts are where the international Fair Trade movement began. Starting in the 1940s and 50s, individuals from North America and Europe began to sell crafts made by citizens of the developing world. Many of these individuals were disturbed by the poverty and suffering they saw in places like Africa and Asia and wanted to help the people they met in their travels.

In time, many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Oxfam began to create more structured relationships with southern craftspeople as a means to alleviate poverty. From these efforts stemmed the idea of importing commodities such as coffee at a fair and stable price, and soon Fair Trade began to help millions of people in countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

In Metro Vancouver you can purchase Fair Trade handicrafts including baskets, handbags, instruments, stationary and artwork. Next time a friend has a birthday, why not give them a gift that helps provide an honest living for a deserving person who otherwise would live in poverty? Fair Trade gifts also serve as an education tool, reminding Canadians that all products come from somewhere, and that everyone deserves to live a life of dignity and respect.