All items for 2009
The time of year always makes us feel a little nostalgic, perhaps it’s because we’re traveling to see loved ones or thinking about the ones we can’t see. And as the new year approaches, we’re thinking about the past 12 months and wondering what the next year will hold. As an ode to memories and special times, several Wisteria employees filled our Black Shadowbox with items from their past.
We view our artisans as partners and look for like-minded organizations that are just as committed to their employees, community, and the environment as they are dedicated to great quality and interesting design. The company below lives up to our expectations and makes some of our favorite items including our Did Someone Say Drama Candleholder, Fleur de Lis Iron Shelf, French Shopkeeper’s Shelves, and Bird Nests.
This company in particular bases their success on how much they can contribute to society, which to them, is the ultimate meaning of life. The chairman has business operations in over 30 countries around the world with 1,500 employees. Besides being an entrepreneur, the chairman helps society understand the vitality of education. He was forced to quit school at a very early age in order to provide for his family and yet he still persevered. He sensed the low conditions of education in his town with so many parents working and neglecting their kids’ education. Education, he firmly believed, is the cornerstone of success.
In 2002, he founded the MinHou Taojiang School, participating in the construction of the classrooms and student apartments, and purchasing the necessary technology and equipment. He recruited more than 70 teachers to come work and about 500 students are expected to receive a good education. The establishment serves as a benefit for most of the factory workers’ children.
Not only is he providing education for children, he is also creating job opportunities for the unemployed. Furthermore, he participated in a bridge project in the Fujian Province. It is an important bridge that connects the Nantai Island and QingKou. Once it is completed, it will be the longest and widest bridge of the city zone in the history of Fuzhou.
Fuzhou is located in the northeast of the Fujian province of China. Although it is unknown when the city was founded, in 202 B.C. the first wall was built after the king of Minyue received permission from the emperor to set up a city. It was named “Ye” meaning “the beautiful.” The city is also gifted in many types of crafts.
Recently several people from Wisteria traveled to India to find new products, meet with some of our artisans and gather fresh ideas for upcoming catalogs. Here are some photos from their time in Jaipur!