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marketplace is an initiative of CMS Ireland that promotes a wide range of handmade crafts from Africa and Asia and shares the stories of those who make these products.

The marketplace range includes various styles of jewellery, an extensive range of baskets, greeting cards and christmas decorations.

Each item is carefully and lovingly made by hand, using techniques and materials that reflect the local context of the craft makers.

You can order a marketplace presentation or craft stall. The presentation gives an insight into the work of CMSI and the craft groups and tells some of the personal stories of the craft makers. It can be adapted to suit the needs of your group and can include some hands-on craft making.

The craft stall can be set-up and run at a coffee morning, craft fair or similar church event. A range of products (along with price lists) will be prepared for you on a ‘sale or return’ basis. The crafts can be collected from our offices.

Here is a closer look at some of the crafts and the talented craft makers.