Hi Whoops, I got the name wrong. Up until about November, they were just Craft India, now they've added 'Overseas' to the name not 'International'
Good point. It's really difficult to tell which goods are or aren't made by kids or in poor working environments but, according to the president of Craft India "The artisans who turn out such lovely items are compensated well and we try to make sure that none of them are exploited in any way. Although most are uneducated and do not realise their rights we see it that they are not taken advantage of while working for us. The products offered by CIO are gauranteed to be 100% free of chid labour and unfair practices. that may be reason our products have been accepted and acclaimed across continents. The ever growing clientele proves the better quality, good prices and equally good service offered to them."
There's no hard and fast rule when it comes to buying stuff from India but, as a guide to prices, I bought three saris from India last year which normally work out at £21 each including shipping. They were bought from a lady who used to be the Women's Development Officer for that particular province and, although retired, she still campaigns against child labour and uses her skills to sell the products made by the co-ops and home businesses she helped to set up. The Rupee value on the invoice was about £10 for the three!!!