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Photographic Wallet
Invasive weeds in the Philippines interfere with local farming. The Salay Handmade paper artisan group transformed this challenge into an asset by finding a way to transform these weeds into durable paper products. Through the years, their crafting methods became more sophisticated, and they've recently developed the ability to print photos and patterns onto paper. This particular photo was taken by a Ten Thousand Villages buyer during her travels in India.


  • Printed photography, handmade paper
  • 10Lx5H inches
  • Handcrafted in the Philippines
  • Due to the handcrafted nature of our products, slight variations enhance authenticity.

SKU: 7925760


Salay Handmade Products Industries produces and markets handmade paper and other items using cogon grass, a weed that interferes with local farming, and natural fibers. The group was founded in 1987 as People’s Economic Council (PEC) to create employment for people in the community of Salay, an area with little industry and a history of political unrest. Through experimentation, the group developed its trademark handmade paper. In 1990 the papermakers incorporated separately from PEC as Salay Handmade Paper Industries, Incorporated. In 2015, the group changed its names to Salay Handmade Products Industries to reflect its expanded product offerings. Through global marketing, Salay was introduced to the concept of fair trade and began providing development assistance to its artisans. Other benefits to workers include pensions and profit sharing. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Salay since 1997.

Welcome to our global maker-to-market movement where, together with 20,000 artisans, we ignite social change. We create opportunities for individuals, families, and communities in developing countries to thrive through strong relationships, fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.