Fair trade product. Quilling is the art of rolled, shaped, and glued paper that results in creating a unified, decorative design. The art of quilling has been around for centuries, with a remarkably varied historical background spanning across continents. The birth of quilling is a bit unclear, with opinions regarding this differing depending on the source. But popular opinion suggests it was first seen in ancient Egypt, where certain filigree-type art inspired more modern quilling years later. The name is thought to come from the origin of the art; birds' feathers, or quills, were used to coil the strips of paper around. Today, quilling is resurfacing again as a more accessible, affordable hobby for people of every age and background. The company/organization that produces these cards is Fair Trade Certified with the Fair Trade Federation. A note from them: The organization focuses on maintaining a code of values for just treatment of employees. They encourage growth and sustainable business all over the world. Saying a product is "handmade", especially overseas, can often carry a negative connotation if there is no transparency about the working conditions and treatment of employees. Allying with the FTF, we are proud to have established successful, flourishing business practices. In May of 2014, we opened the doors to our first factory in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. We were able to employ over 100 quillers, providing a stable, safe work environment with healthcare, and food benefits. We are continually striving to create a community of women that love the craft and genuinely enjoy the creative outlet that quilling can provide, while simultaneously providing a living for themselves. With the rapid growth of our business, we were able to open a second factory soon after, starting with more than 60 quillers. We have now given jobs to nearly 500 locals in Ho Chi Minh City.