Enter Our Free Giveaway for Ricefield Collective Handmade Item

by ziggy on December 17, 2013 -- 22 comments -- Follow

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Today, we’re running a free giveaway, partnering with the folks of Ricefield Collective, a sweet enterprise that provides a fulfilling means for Philippine indigenous people to stay on their ancestral land, the gorgeous Banaue Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This collective of Philippine women make hand-knit goods in order to supplement their income, which enables them to stay on their land and avoid moving to the city to find higher wages.

Click ahead to read how to enter the giveaway to win a pair of hand-knit Winnower’s Mittens, straight from the women of the Banaue Rice Terraces, and more background on this unique enterprise.

More About Ricefield Collective

The mission background of Ricefield Collective is worth reading to understand the creative solution these folks have crafted in order to support the Ifugao women so they can retain their livelihoods:

Ricefield Collective has grown to be a global social enterprise that operates out of Ithaca, New York and Ifugao, Philippines. We employ our knitters directly, making sure that the women of Ifugao can earn a sustainable wage while doing enjoyable work. As a social business, our knitters are full members of our company, and we make sure that both society and the environment benefit from our work. All of our products are hand-knit and individually crafted with care. We use high quality, biodegradable fibers, and we have a star team of designers to help us create innovative patterns that cannot be reproduced by machines.

Ifugao - Banaue Rice Terraces

The gorgeous Banaue Rice Terraces, ancestral land of the Ricefield knitters

The group exceeded their original Kickstarter funding goal by 300% — here is their video that describes more of their work:

Enter The Giveaway Now

I have a pair of lovely Winnower’s Mittens in hand from the folks at Ricefield Collective. If you would like a chance at winning this hand-knit item, all you need to do is a leave a comment below. Include your name and a brief reason why you are excited about participating. You can also use the contact form to submit your name for the giveaway, or visit The Year of Mud facebook page and leave a comment on the appropriate post.

On December 24th, I’ll pull one name out of a hat, and the mittens will be mailed to the lucky individual. Thanks for participating!

Winnowers Mittens

Enter now to win this pair of hand-knit Winnowers Mittens!

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  • treebee

    fingers crossed! happy holidays!

  • Brynne

    I’m excited about participating not only for the chance to win something (after all, who doesn’t like to win stuff?), but more because of the message that comes along with these mittens. Hand made crafting is a big part of my life as well as a seamstress, and I heartily desire to bring people back from the emptiness of modern consumerism and encourage buying local, or from mom&pop type shops, or fair trade organizations. I believe it is so important for us as humans to learn to value ourselves and our unique contributions we can make to this world.

  • Melissa

    Sweet, What a great handcrafted gift someone will receive!

  • Kaye

    How awesome! I hope one day we all spend our lives doing things that make us happy, in places that we love. Thanks for sharing =]

  • tom

    super cool! love the idea of getting folks involved with cottage industry and rewarding piecework instead of plunking people into factories. high fives!

  • callie cochran

    This looks like a great thing. Thanks for the info.

  • 🙂 what a lovely opportunity. Merry Festivus everyone!
    x

  • JT Croteau

    Beautiful mittens. Brynne’s comment is spot on amd I prefer to buy hand crafted or locally sourced as much as possible.

  • Nancy Martin

    It has been under 20 degrees here for a week… sure could use a pair of warm mittens! Happy Holidays to all!

  • Josh Barrak

    “…power of community…” , “…push boundaries…” Strong words and a great way to live and work. The World Ricefield Collective business model is both intriguing and enterprising. They are now one of my favorite websites. I plan to check back often for updates.

  • Terry K

    So glad to know about these products! I’ll bookmark them.

  • Danielle Walker

    Could really use the mittens for this cold northern weather

  • Aileen Sitero

    Love the mission statement of this wonderful organization. Joyous Holidays to all!

  • Diana Sheppard

    I donated what I could back in your Kickstarter days because I love what you are all endeavoring to do. Kudos to everyone involved. Beautiful handmade products are only part of the good you (and I) support.

  • Sara

    I have a cable cowl & hat, would LOVE to get mittens as well. Ricefield is awesome!

  • Cayenne

    Thanks for promoting awareness for this community collective! Great to hear about another artisan crafts enterprise that empowers people to stay in and support their community. I’m adding it to my list of resources for when I feel like I’m lacking the time to make my own knit gifts.

  • Tracy

    The suspense! I’m entering because I’d love to give these to my honey, and I’d love to get more familiar with what sounds like a beautiful social business.

  • Brian Munson

    Hi ziggy and april! i haven’t commented on your site but read it often! just thought i’d drop a line and say hi! (and maybe win mittens?) happy to announce that my partner(whom i think you met at DR) and i are about to embark on a 6th month natural building apprenticeship. truly thankful that my first natural building experience was with you two, you left a great first impression and me wanting more! good luck with your new home in kentucky, can’t wait to see what you build next! blessings – Brian

  • Michael

    I think that anytime creativity and Ingenuity are used to help maintain a life style that is inbeaded in tradition I am proud to support. Things like this could be used to help cultures all over the world to live a life not controlled by a sweat shop.

  • Micah

    Sweet….my hands are getting chilled as winter commences….

  • Thank you for a wonderful giveaway. Love these winnowers mits. Please put my name in the drawing. Happiest of holidays. PS. Kentucky sounds fabulous! #blessings

  • Jeannie

    Happy Holidays!

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