68 hours to go and we're almost at the funding goal! Thank you to all the new supporters who are jumping in at the 11th hour and to everybody helping to spread the word. I'm confident we'll make it and I can start sending you all some boxes so you can be creative with your spices!
Here's a little video we put together of giving the Handmade Spice Box as a gift that will hopefully inspire...generosity?! Enjoy.
How are the spice boxes made?
Each box is made by hand and no two boxes are exactly alike. The paper used for each box is meticulously made by hand in small batches by master paper artisans using a generations old technique. Sustainable, tree-free, natural wildgrass fibers are chopped into small pieces and boiled for 4-5 hours until a tender wet pulp mixture is rendered. The pulp is beaten and mixed until it reaches the proper consistency and balance and then poured evenly into a custom-sized mold and deckle in the desired dimensions and shape and then sun-dried. Each sheet for each box is individually prepared and cut and each box is constructed by hand over the course of multiple days.
The artisan operations are the most significant economic contributor to the local economy of their small village. As the opportunities for the artisans grow, more fair trade jobs are developed, which provides stable and reliable income in comparison to farming or fishing, which is how many others in the village survive. We contribute toward a scholarship program to fund education and school supplies for children of the artisan community from grade school age to university. The artisans are particularly talented in using abundant and renewable natural materials including wild grass, banana fiber, coconut shell and rice husk and converting them into sustainable packaging by using time-honored artisan skills passed down from previous generations.
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Nov 4, 2011 - Dec 4, 2011 (30 days)
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A tin of my special Marrakesh blend. This is my favorite spice blend patterned after the great Ras el Hanout blend of Morocco but adapted to an American kitchen and style. You can't get this anywhere else. Ground in small batches and custom blended with organic spices and herbs.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $25 or more
Ah, your very own (or a gift for someone special) handmade spice box - ready to add your favorite herbs and spices. $30 includes a handmade box with 6 unfilled food grade tins waiting for you to customize it and ground shipping.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $50 or more
Your very own Everyday Box - my personal collection of those spices I use and create with every day - Malden Sea Salt, Tellicherry Black Pepper, Cumin, Cinnamon, Coriander and Turkish Baharat - a custom blend I made after visiting Istanbul. With this box you'll be the next Picasso with Paprika. Each box contains 6 tins of between 2-4 oz each of organic, fair trade spices ground in small batches. Includes ground shipping.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $100 or more
I am making a handful of custom handmade red boxes and one has your name on it for $100. There will be a limited amount of these made due to the difficult process of making the red paper and I'll fill yours with a random holiday assortment of fresh ground spices and herbs. Each box contains 6 tins of between 2-4 oz each of organic, fair trade spices ground in small batches.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $160 or more
The Gift Box Set includes 4 Handmade Spice Boxes filled with organic spices. 4 spice boxes = 4 great holiday gifts for family, friends, foodies or business clients. Each of the 4 boxes comes with a red ribbon bow tied around it. Let's put it this way - by getting the 4 pack and giving them as gifts, you're saying "I'm thoughtful, creative, unique, worldly and a downright cool person" because you can't get these anywhere else on the planet. And you get to benefit from the wonderful meals the recipient will cook. That about sums it up... And that's why we'll love you forever if you get this 4 pack.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $500 or more
Spice Party! - For $500 I'll travel to your home, office or yurt in the greater Bay Area and regale friends and family with 4000 years of spice tales, the health benefits of different spices and show you how to make delicious custom spice blends - I have a secret technique that I'll share for making great spice blends everytime. I'll come with some boxes filled with organic, fair trade spices and herbs for the guests to play with during the party. This is hands on fun.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011