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International Women's Day 2017  #BeBoldForChange 

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International Women's Day 2017  #BeBoldForChange 

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Check out the ways one can act here

This International Women's Day, we are celebrating our immensely talented women artisan partners. Let us celebrate all women, hope for and work towards equality for a better fairer world not just on International Women's Day, or Women's History Month but every day!

For YOU:
Celebrate with 20% off
through March 31, 2017.
Use code IWD2017

To our Partner NGOs:
We are donating an additional
20% of net proceeds during this period.

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We Stand With And We Stand For ALL

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We Stand With And We Stand For ALL

NEEV believes in Equality and Opportunity for Every Human.

In today's times when many are feeling insecure and scared, we reiterate our ethics and share with you our values as expressed in the B Corp Universal Declaration of Human Rights


 That we must be the change we seek in the world,
 That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered,
 That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all,
 That to do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.

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This #GivingTuesday take 30% off your purchase and we will give 30% to our partner NGO

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This #GivingTuesday take 30% off your purchase and we will give 30% to our partner NGO

Today is #GivingTuesday

Join us in supporting our partner NGO. Take 30% OFF any purchase of our handmade products today through December 15 and we’ll give 30% of net proceeds to the Power of Love Foundation, an American charity empowering women impacted by HIV and AIDS in Zambia. 

Please join us!

During our #GivingTuesday initiative, we are giving 30% off each purchase on all orders till December 15, 2016. Use code GIVINGTUESDAY at checkout.

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“To arrive at the future we want, we cannot leave anyone behind”

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“To arrive at the future we want, we cannot leave anyone behind”

So says the UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in her message for International Women's Day 2016. Watch her deliver the message here. The theme for 2016: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.”

This International Women's Day, we are celebrating our immensely talented women artisan partners. Let us celebrate all women, hope for and work towards equality for a better fairer world not just on International Women's Day, or Women's History Month but every day!

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Join us in the spirit of #GivingTuesday to support World AIDS day!

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Join us in the spirit of #GivingTuesday to support World AIDS day!

Join us in the spirit of #GivingTuesday to support World AIDS day!

Two wonderful days of giving and support collide on Tuesday, December 1, when #GivingTuesday meets up with #WorldAIDSday. In support of these inspiring causes, with each purchase of our handmade products, starting Black Friday through December 9 (12 Days of Christmas!) we’ll give 10% of all sales to the Power of Love Foundation, an American charity developing innovative cost-effective solutions for women impacted by HIV and AIDS in Zambia. 
 
Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday.  Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.

During our #GivingTuesday initiative, we are giving 10% off each purchase plus free shipping on all orders till December 9, 2015. use code GivingTuesday10 at checkout.

The time to act is now.

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Enter NEEV's Festive Fold Contest to Win a Set of Four Napkins and Placemats from One of Our Collections

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Enter NEEV's Festive Fold Contest to Win a Set of Four Napkins and Placemats from One of Our Collections

NEEV’s Festive Fold Contest

Enter NEEV’s “Festive Fold” contest for a chance to win a set of four napkins and placemats from one of our collections. Festively fold the napkin of your choice into a unique style, snap a pic, and post on NEEV’s Facebook page as well as your own including the hashtag #festivefold. And that’s it! Enter as many times as you like with as many different napkin folds as you can imagine. We’ll pick and notify a winner on November 22*.

*Each entry must be unique. NEEV Inc. is free to use all submissions with credit. Valid for entries in the USA only. Contest ends November 22, 2015

 

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Table Runner Tidbits

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Table Runner Tidbits


Typically, a table runner should hang over each side of the table where the ends fall, aesthetically pleasing than a runner that stops where the table ends or is slightly shorter than the table. The amount of hang should be equal on both sides and can vary, just like the drop length of a tablecloth. If you use a runner with a tablecloth, the drop length should be the same for both.


The width of a table runner should be roughly 1/3 the width of the table it is being used on when running lengthwise. For table runners placed across the width of a dining table, the runners should be narrower or about 1/4 the width of the table.

Use one of our table runners to add color, texture and a unifying element to your table setting. They add a touch of elegance without a lot of fuss.


If you use a runner that is shorter in length than the table, make sure it is dramatically shorter and use underneath a centerpiece. How do you use a table runner?

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Ah! Rain!

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Ah! Rain!

It has been a long dry hot summer here in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the midst of one of the most severe droughts, yesterday's little rain was a delightful event. So much so that I could not resist the urge to enjoy the afternoon rain with a cup of hot milky tea and cake. So I did.

The smell of earth when it first rains is divine and so was my tea. Life's little pleasures. My buddy Maia seems to agree.

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Welcome to the new NEEV

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Welcome to the new NEEV

Dear Friends,

Thrilled to introduce our fresh look with a new name, website, photos and product lines: NEEV! Meaning “foundation” in Hindi, NEEV is a word that implies tradition and quality that comes naturally with these one-of-a-kind home furnishings. Products made one at a time, all by hand on generations-old looms. Contemporary, stylish, sustainable, and proudly ethical. Just like you.

Our new table linens, especially the festive Holiday Red collection (pictured above), will set a stunning table for your holiday season celebrations. Or make the perfect gifts! This very limited collection is now available for pre-orders. Fifty percent of this collection’s proceeds go directly to Power of Love to further their vital support for women impacted by HIV/AIDS in Zambia.

Please tell us what you think of our new look and linens. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook where we’ll be sharing decorating tips and trends. Tell a friend to subscribe to our newsletter.

Welcome!

 

Ruksana Azhu Valappil
Founder & CEO
NEEV

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Come visit us at Sustainatopia, LA

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Come visit us at Sustainatopia, LA

Free Tickets (up to $12 value) to the LOHAS Marketplace at Sustainatopia in Los Angeles with coupon code, May 29 or 30th, 2015

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive free tickets ($12 value) to the LOHAS Marketplace as part of Sustainatopia on May 29-30,2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, CA.

Come see our Ethically sourced, Eco-friendly and Hnadcrafted Scarves and Bags and Table Linens from our New Collection.

We are giving 100 FREE tickets

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International Women’s Day: Resilience

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International Women’s Day: Resilience

Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day. I am in awe of the resilience of women despite the many challenges they face. Recently, I was reminded of the same about the artisans we partner with, as my family took a trip to the Yucca Valley. There in the Mohave desert grows the Joshua tree. Much of the population of this endangered plant reside within its namesake, the Joshua Tree National Park. Growing at a leisurely pace of half an inch to three inches per year, their survival depends on the scarce California rains and the pollination by the yucca moth. It is believed that climate change and the disappearance of the Shasta ground sloth that it relied on for dispersal of seeds, will lead to near extinction of these plants in under a century.

Joshua tree

Yet, when I saw a Joshua tree in bloom in late February, my heart rejoiced. There it was, in the arid California desert, with its beautiful blossoms proudly ready to take what life has in store and make the best of it.

Joshua tree bloom

Much like the Joshua tree, the women hand-loom weavers are facing tough times with low wages and decreased demand. They are patiently waiting for opportunities not just to survive but thrive. Life is hard for them and in this interconnected world, their livelihood most often depends on the whim of others, sometimes on the other side of the world. Still, I have always seen them smiling, taking life one day at a time. Living life with hope, with resilience.

Handloom weaver

This International Women’s Day..  and always, we salute you, we remember you and we take inspiration from you. My hope for you, in the words of one of my favorite fictional characters is..

Live Long and Prosper
— Mr. Spock

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 ‘Sustainable Luxury for the Empowered Woman’ has launched!

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‘Sustainable Luxury for the Empowered Woman’ has launched!

We are very excited to bring our campaign to increase our social impact to Indiegogo in partnership with the #GivingTuesday initiative. With this campaign we bring our heirloom quality products, handcrafted by our artisan partners to a wider audience and..

  • Support more women artisans with livable wages
  • Pilot a new program to fund education and provide vocational training to underprivileged adolescent girls in India
  • Support women in Zambia to earn a living with micro-loans and business training

Watch this video to learn more about the campaign and the non-profit partners we are supporting.

We are off to a great start and have raised 8% of funds already. Please help keep the momentum going and support this campaign. We have exclusive perks available only via this campaign.

This Holiday Season, Give a Gift that Truly Gives Back. http://igg.me/at/Uchit

 Join us on *Facebook* and *Twitter* for real time updates!

  Help us spread the word! Share this post with your friends!

 “Women hold up half the sky” – Mao Zedong

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Hi There, Something Exciting is Happening at Uchit

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Hi There, Something Exciting is Happening at Uchit

We know that you not only have discerning taste, but are also ethically conscious and environmentally astute. That's why we've only brought you luxe designs that are eco-friendly and ethically sourced.

You may also know that we give at least 50% of our profit to support projects that empower women, bringing them access to education and closer to financial independence. Now we want to bring our heirloom quality designs to a larger audience and scale our impact.

This holiday season, we're excited to partner with givingtuesday.org and we're bringing a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back and it's marked for December 2nd, but we're getting started a lot sooner. Our campaign is going live on Saturday, November 15th!

Here’s a sneak peak at our campaign:

  • Exclusive products available only via the Indiegogo campaign
  • Guaranteed Christmas delivery anywhere in the USA if ordered by December 15, 2014
  • International shipping available
  • Support additional women artisans with livable wages
  • Funds raised during the campaign will also support
    • A new program to fund education and provide vocational training for underprivileged adolescent girls in India in partnership with Center for Development of Disadvantaged People (CDDP).
    • Support women in Ghana earn a living with micro loans and business training in partnership with Power of Love Foundation.

Join us on *Facebook* and *Twitter* for real time updates! 

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"We make a life by what we give." – Winston S Churchill

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Uchit - how our designs are made

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Uchit - how our designs are made

Check out how our designs are created in this video. Our designs are handcrafted by our fair trade partners, the mostly women-owned handloom cooperatives in India. All products are made of sustainably sourced yarns and eco-friendly dyes. They are hand dyed, hand spun and hand woven to create elegant products you see in the shop

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Happily on Abe's Market now!

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Happily on Abe's Market now!

Now our natural, eco-friendly products live at Abe's Market too. As a curator of all things natural, Abe's Market is a nationally recognized leader in bringing together people and planet loving brands and individuals together. At Uchit, we are very happy to be part of Abe's Market offerings.

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