Every jewel bought comes with our NEW packaging!
Here's a little story..
For five years I had imported my custom designed Adorn gift boxes made in Hong Kong . Once a year I would send many many thousands of my hard earned dollars to a factory in Hong Kong.. I emailed my design through and 3 weeks later my entire years supply of perfectly made beautiful giftboxes were on their way to Fiji in a shipping container.
In 2019 I decided That even though I loved my packaging, it didn't make me feel good and so started what would be a year long journey to move all my packaging production to a locally woven version and paying my hard earned dollars to local Fijian women instead.
NAVUA DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN
I contacted my local Navua Department of Women and together we visited remote villages and spoke with many women and had many samples made. Communication and consistency proved so much more difficult than I had expected. The specific idea I had in mind for my hand woven voivoi packaging was too technical. I had to modify my design many times.
Covid took over and I happened across two ladies from Nadi who were out of work and would usually be weaving for the tourism industry. I modified my sample to a design they were skilled at making, added my branded tag, bright turquoise Bula fabric and a Kula pompom as a zipper pull and now we are on a roll!
I now have a regular supply of beautiful authentically handmade Fijian packaging and in turn two women have a regular income working for themselves and from home. if you cant already tell from my 'About Adorn' page I am all about women empowerment!!
I give this packaging away for free with every purchase. Adorn doesn't make any profit on this.
Why the Kula pompom? Well personally I LOVE Kula! Its fun and bright and love the contrast of manmade coloured wool against the natural pandanus voi voi. The word 'Kula' originates from when feathers from the Fijian Kula bird were used as a colourful trim on woven mats which was later replaced with colourful wool.
With every purchase we also include a matching oversized drawstring bag. I buy the fabric locally and also provide weekly work to a local seamstress. All my tags, cards and branding are also produced by small local print houses.
Did I mention that all our packaging is also reusable? Store your jewels or reuse as a coin purse. The drawstring bag is a great toiletries bag!
I personally want to feel good about about the products I make and I want YOU to feel good about buying Adorn jewelry! Every purchase from Adorn supports a long list of local Fijians.