This is one of the the prettiest card I’ve ever seen. The gorgeous handcrafted card from Hope for Women is really not just a disposable piece of mail, but a keepsake piece of art. I’m tempted to frame it and hang it on the wall, and I’m guessing some recipients of this card will do just that.

While the beautiful color, texture, and design are what you’ll first notice, this card’s also got eco-ethical appeal. It’s part of the Portraits of El Salvador collection — all pretty cards handcrafted with wildflowers by women in El Salvador whose homes were destroyed in an earthquake. These women are paid a fair wage as part of a collective called Arte Comasagua, an artisan organization that crafts with native flowers and plants.

Hope for Women cards

Hope for Women‘s a member of the Fair Trade Federation, and specifically works with women in disadvantaged communities. In addition to Arte Comasagua’s cards, Hope for Women offers handcrafted cards made in India, also using wildflowers and leaves pressed on to tree-free paper, and colorful jewelry made of sustainably harvested Tagua nuts by women artisans in Colombia.

Each Portraits of El Salvador card costs $5.50, while the cards from India cost $3.99 each. Get one to send on a special occasion — or to display on your own wall.

Bottom photos courtesy of Hope for Women

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