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Q. Why are the Fair Trade Prosperity Hens you offer in your catalog more expensive than the ones I see in stores and in other catalogs?

A. (from the organization supplying our Prosperity Hens) These strands of birds are common in Rajasthan. One can purchase them in the markets of Jaipur and Pushkar. In India, enterprising shopkeepers are all too quick to market ''unbleached'' cotton as ''organic'' and the same goes for ''fair trade.''

Because of this, we personally travel to India, each year. We stay with the various cooperatives we buy from. We visit with the women, gossip with them, ensure that their working conditions are as they like them, that the money we send is getting to them, not just somebody touting a fair trade enterprise that isn't one.

Being from India, I am all too aware of this problem, and it means a lot to me personally to support genuine cooperatives and grass roots movements.

We are intentionally not fair trade certified with the FTF in America, because I actually don't like how shallow their certification process is! Also, we do carry some items that are not fair trade: our chai glasses and our stainless ware, ... and we make that known to our customers.

The organization we get the hens from, is a cooperative that has been in existence for forty years! We have been working with them for the past 11 years.

The cooperative supports several projects in addition to the crafts: solar power education globally, education for children in rural areas, gender equality... We know we pay more for the hens we buy from them, than we would pay for them had we bought them in the Pushkar market nearby. We could bargain the market price down to peanuts. But that's not our philosophy at Indika.

In addition, the quality of the fabric used on cheaper hens is bulk screen printed with a brass bell. In our hens, the fabric is block printed, at the same cooperative, providing additional employment opportunities in the printing department. Also, the bells are individually hand made, as they were in the old days, when these ornaments had goat-bells at the end of them.

This quality and care that goes into the construction of the hens we get, to me, is more traditional and authentic than the quicker and mass produced (although, yes, less expensive) ornament strands one finds in markets around Rajasthan.

Customer Reviews

4.8 Average Rating
By Prosperity hens
absolutely beautiful
Submitted on Jun 14, 2015
By Prosperity Hens
Beautiful. Thank you!
Submitted on May 4, 2015
By paula
Just love them - they are colorful, extremely well made and look positively awesome hanging in the doorway to my dining room.
Submitted on Apr 20, 2015
By nevindad
Very fanciful and imaginative. Hens (or roosters or chicks) are very calming and I can hear the almost purring like rrrrrrrrrrr-puck-puck-puck when I look at it on the wall.
Submitted on Mar 25, 2015
By Haidie
I hung the prosperity hens next to my front door and enjoy looking at it every time I pass it!
Submitted on Mar 18, 2015
By H.W.
The product is colorful, and fanciful. It looks great hanging against the wall in my room.
Submitted on Feb 12, 2015
By Susan
FANTASTIC!! I love this - it looks great on a skinny wall!
Submitted on Feb 2, 2015
By Linda
Unique and attractive. Draws comments.
Submitted on Dec 14, 2014
I already have these for myself and love them. Ordering several for family as gifts. Our family name is Henn and these are perfect.
Submitted on Nov 26, 2014
By Tia
I am giving it to a friend for Christmas. I think they are beautiful, I think she will also LOVE them!!
Submitted on Nov 25, 2014
By shopsalot
The quality of this gift was much more than I expected. I will be very pleased to give this gist.
Submitted on Nov 20, 2014
By Katty
These chickens are cute but I expected more. Glass beads are not all they are cracked up to be.
Submitted on Nov 19, 2014
By Prosperity Hens
This was a gift for friends who give me eggs from their hens. They were delighted and hung it in a Feng Shui place in their home. Thank you.
Submitted on Sep 27, 2014
By Atlanta
I got these for my 20-something daughter's birthday--for prosperity and in honor of her trip to India. They are so lively and fun! She loved them.
Submitted on Sep 21, 2014
By Sweet prosperity hens
I think these hens are a sweet addition to my home.They are quite the conversation piece as well as adding color and lightheartedness to the room.
Submitted on Sep 15, 2014
By yram12
love it very appealling
Submitted on Sep 13, 2014
By Nana
I bought this as an anniversary present for my daughter and son-in-law who have chickens. She loved it! Said she had seen something like it before and almost bought it, but didn't. I told her I hope there was something in the prosperity angle for her too. All in all one of my best purchases.
Submitted on Jul 30, 2014
By Barbara
I gave this as a gift to my friend who loved the thought and was very impressed with the detail.
Submitted on Jul 26, 2014
By bac
Very well made. I do not have the patience anymore for such fine work, so I'm glad you have this available.
Submitted on Jul 20, 2014
By D
I've ordered several of these and have given them away as gifts. I purchased one for myself as well. I'm satisfied with the quality and price here at Isabella, as I have seen this in other places where it was either more expensive or cheaper quality. Great as a housewarming gift.
Submitted on Jul 15, 2014
By l Church
Was a gift for someone. I like them.
Submitted on Jun 10, 2014
By Prosperity hens
I feel so much more assured of my future with the hens hanging in my great room. I hope the women who made them are equally as fortunate.
Submitted on Apr 25, 2014
By Lola
i have admired these in the catalog for quite some time. i LOVE them! the colors are bright and fun and they hang in my kitchen and make me smile. the sun catches the sequins and makes them sparkle even more
Submitted on Mar 30, 2014
By Mado
Bought these as a gift for my good friend who is having financial difficulty. She is also an animal lover. These are very cute hoping this will cheer her up.
Submitted on Mar 23, 2014
By Maggie J.
We just love them. Plan to order more for friends!
Submitted on Mar 21, 2014
By Sophie Vigil
I've purchased two Prosperity Hens and as of yet not experienced any change in my financial upgrade, but am enjoying looking at the one I've kept. They are very well made and I thank you for that. My daughter has the other and I'm sure that she is enjoying hers as well. I recommend this item as a great purchase to others.
Submitted on Feb 23, 2014
By Beth
LOVE them! My sister and I are raising chickens... soooo appropriate.
Submitted on Feb 13, 2014
By Happy Friend
These hens are beautiful and so unique. I gave these to my best friend for her birthday & she absolutely loves them!
Submitted on Feb 5, 2014
By Terri M
Enjoyed seeing this in the catalog as a friend had recently returned from India. It was a wonderful welcome home to her. A colorful reminder of her trip.
Submitted on Jan 20, 2014
By Nancy K
Charming, creative and meaningful decor
Submitted on Jan 11, 2014
By Joan
The hens were a gift for my younger sister. We were raised on a farm and our chickens and my sister were best friends. She loved the prosperity hens. She found them adorable and very lifelike. I liked them so much I got them for myself. The day I gave them to her we talked for hours about our childhood together. A great gift, a great day!
Submitted on Jan 7, 2014
By JulieB
Great addition and splash of color to my office. Receive compliments by all who enter.
Submitted on Dec 26, 2013
By bj schooler
I've wanted these for years! Finally got them! I love them! No disappointment here!
Submitted on Dec 24, 2013
By Lisa
Was kind of disappointed in the quality - picture doesn't quite look the same as the actual product.
Submitted on Dec 12, 2013
By landersj
Great hostess gift! I may have to have these myself.
Submitted on Nov 28, 2013
By CatW
Almost pointless to make a comment with this many - 5 - stars, but I'm going to anyway. These are sweet - and they do look like hens. Give a nice, warm, homey feel to whatever room you add them too. I had them in my laundry room next to my back door for a splash of color and decoration. They got caught in the door and broke so I will be reordering as I liked them that much.
Submitted on Nov 27, 2013
By Furrawn
Daughter who received this as a birthday gift loved it! Especially since the two of us traveled India last year. Both of us support Fair Trade items!!
Submitted on Nov 26, 2013
By Sttring of Hens
I just received the thank you note from my niece to whom I gave these for her wedding. She likes them and will be looking for a place to hang them to have prosperity in their new life together.
Submitted on Oct 18, 2013
By Gina
Bought one for my best friend and one for myself - so glad I did.
Submitted on Sep 22, 2013
By JS - Las Vegas, NV
I love this thing. I hung it on the inside of my back door. I doesn't make very much noise, but is always reminding me that I will be prosperous in what ever my endeavor it is I am heading out the door to.
Submitted on Sep 17, 2013
By P.Marcum, Brevard, NC
I love my hens. They are jauntily hanging in my kitchen door. May we all be prosperous in good health and friends.
Submitted on Aug 29, 2013
By Duchess
I bought this for one of my daughters for her birthday. She loves it and has it hanging by her kitchen window, much as pictured here. When you buy a gift for someone and they love it that's a 5-star rating!
Submitted on Aug 29, 2013
By Cute with a message
Last year I ordered two of these -- one for me and one for my hairdresser as a gift. Love this idea. Just ordered two more for gifts.
Submitted on Aug 28, 2013
By Caro Sue
Very charming. I put this up close to where I sit each day and jingle the bell often - to remind the hens to bring prosperity, of course. It is my own conceit, of course, but one I enjoy.
Submitted on Aug 14, 2013
By Sherilyn
Love them. They are wonderful.
Submitted on Jul 28, 2013
By Little Chicks In A Row
So cute! Another product that I have watched in the catalog for a long time. Finally bit the bullet and ordered with my last order. Conversation piece especially if you leave the tag on that explains where the piece came from and why. Nice little quick gift for some one who enjoys whimsical.
Submitted on Jul 27, 2013
By Happy customer
Love them. They make me happy!
Submitted on Jul 27, 2013
By Bonnie G.
I gave these as a gift to a dear friend -- she had seen them in the Isabella catalogue, and added them to her birthday wish list. These adorable little prosperity hens have also graced my kitchen for several years, and they make me smile every time I look at them. They're sweet-looking, but not cutesy, and very well made -- a colorful, eye-catching addition to any home.
Submitted on Jul 3, 2013
By Suzanne
Lovely workmanship. This is the second one I have bought. They make a wonderful gift.
Submitted on May 28, 2013
By Erica
I have been looking for prosperity hens for a long time. These are mini hens, smaller than I have seen before, but perfect! So cute and colorful!
Submitted on May 27, 2013
By Prosperity Hens
I have given one as a gift, kept one and ordered one for another person who saw them and wanted to give them as a gift. They are very lovely and look just beautiful. The business that I gifted mine to gets compliments all the time about them.
Submitted on May 8, 2013
By Ginger
Awesome...everyone who walks by my office loves them...i gave them as a gift ...she adores them.
Submitted on Apr 27, 2013
By in N.H.
I love this! I'm not sure why but I have a 'thing' for chickens and they are the theme in my kitchen. It is cheery and colorful and I have received many compliments!
Submitted on Apr 13, 2013
By Debbie Rose
Beautiful and colors were as shown and the bell works too. Also made a great gift to my sister
Submitted on Apr 10, 2013
By Rick
I purchased the prosperity hens to place in a surprise Easter Basket for my wife. She saw them in the Isabella catalog and stated that she loved them and would like to have them. She'll receive them day after tomorrow and I know she'll be so happy. They are very colorful and appear well made.
Submitted on Mar 29, 2013
By Carol
Adorable! A perfect gift for my chicken-loving friend!
Submitted on Mar 29, 2013
By Fun
These add a delightful bit of color and whimsy to wherever you hang them. I smile each time I look at them!
Submitted on Mar 20, 2013
By deenee
Lovely item! Looking forward to the prosperity it will bring!
Submitted on Feb 16, 2013
By GJones
I LOVE my hens. I hung them in my kitchen, and they are a nice reminder to think of the abundance of life as I spend time cooking and eating meals with my family. . .
Submitted on Feb 7, 2013
By Calliejs
What a beautiful addition to our home! The colors and simplicity of each little hen are wonderful. We hung them next to our front door so they give us a bit of joy every time we enter or leave.
Submitted on Feb 5, 2013
By maria
Love my hens! Many blessings to the hands that made these. On a side note I noticed the prosperity hens hanging up on a screen behind 'Kensey' on NCIS Los Angeles.
Submitted on Jan 27, 2013
By Sherry
Great piece hanging in the kitchen window!
Submitted on Jan 15, 2013
By geogra
I gave six of these out as Christmas presents and one for myself. Everyone was THRILLED with them.
Submitted on Jan 14, 2013
By sammy
Love these. I have one for myself from last year, and gave one to a friend this year.
Submitted on Jan 9, 2013
By Notmaxi
Also gave as a gift and she loved them. Very clever and terrific
Submitted on Jan 8, 2013
By lorraine
Good quality, just what I expected
Submitted on Jan 8, 2013
By VICKIE
This was a Christmas gift to a friend, she loved them. She said she had a special place in her home to hang them.
Submitted on Jan 8, 2013
By strawberry
Darling string of hens. Love the hanging loop and the softly ringing bell on the end. Delighted with this purchase.
Submitted on Jan 5, 2013
By sue
These are awesome!
Submitted on Dec 30, 2012
By Terry
These little hens are beautiful. They are exactly what I expected.
Submitted on Dec 27, 2012
By Properous Hens
Beautiful , many people wanting to know where I bought them.
Submitted on Dec 24, 2012
By sandy
These are beautiful and I know the gift recipient will love them.
Submitted on Dec 16, 2012
By Senge
In Tibetan Buddhism there are 4 special holidays throughout the year celebrating Buddha, I gave this item to my acupuncturist for Lha Bab Duchen and they hung it in the waiting area as you come into their business. May they be prosperous, 10 million times.
Submitted on Nov 26, 2012
By Wonderful gift
I gave this item as a bridal gift. The bride-to-be loved the appearance and quality of the prosperity hens as well as the significance and thought behind it.
Submitted on Nov 19, 2012
By Trinket Lover
Bright and cheery! I have mine hanging on a pine armoire and it just pops off the wood! It's a fun piece to have!
Submitted on Nov 10, 2012
By ruth
Great.
Submitted on Nov 10, 2012
By patty
I LOVE these chickies hanging in my kitchen. Have had only good comments.
Submitted on Nov 8, 2012
By Shenandoah Shopper
I purchased two strands of prosperity hens as a gift for my sister, who is opening a fiber arts and antiques shop. I liked the idea of offering the fair-traded work of women's hands to bless the work of other women's hands and suggested she use them to garland the doorway of her new shop. I found them appealing and charming in person, and appreciated the descriptive card that was included. They were well received.
Submitted on Oct 14, 2012
By Sully67
Love it! They hang on the kitchen wall, goes with any decor and is so well made, just what I was looking for. It's become a conversation piece!
Submitted on Aug 30, 2012
By TLBW
Very happy with purchase! I have them hanging alongside my kitchen window next to my white cabinets and they add a great pop of color! The small beads on the hens glow in the sunlight. Very quality workmanship.
Submitted on Aug 23, 2012
By DPM
Who knows....maybe I'll win the lottery Nice added touch to our hallway decor!
Submitted on Aug 21, 2012
By hens
Love these prosperity hens, hung them in my kitchen and it seemed that things having to do with money were immediately settled in our favor! Coincidence - not sure, but they add a little color and the sale goes for a good cause. Try them and see if they work for you!!!!
Submitted on Jul 27, 2012
By VELM
I thought these were ceramic when I ordered them, but no matter. The little cloth hens are so lovely. Knowing the handwork that went into them is inspiring. The minute size allows me to hang them in a doorway in my kitchen where everyone sees the delicate work daily, and smile!
Submitted on Aug 3, 2011
By beautiful little hens!
I was impressed with the quality of work that came from the women of Northern India. These little hens are very well made and would make anyone a welcome gift. Hopefully the promise of prosperity in the owners home will be true.
Submitted on Jul 15, 2011
By leya
Very cute...but someone bought me one for my birthday and it was much bigger. All in all, nice, but for the money, I think it should have been bigger.

Isabella Customer Service: Thank you for your review. Everything we carry is guaranteed 100 percent so please feel free to send it back to us and we'll happily give you a refund or exchange of your choice.
Submitted on Jul 12, 2011
This will be a gift and I know they will truly love it. I think this makes for a really great gift.
Submitted on Oct 1, 2010
I can always find something I like at Isabella ... Everybody loves my hens. Thus far I have ordered 4 altogether.
Submitted on Oct 26, 2009
I have ordered the Prosperity Hens before for myself and I love them. This order is for a very dear friend.
Submitted on Oct 25, 2009

Prosperity Hens

Item #15042 - Approx 40''-45'' long
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Hens have been a symbol of prosperity in India for centuries, given as gifts to celebrate life's milestones. These particularly charming hens were created in Northern India by a women's craft co-op. The women carefully choose the colored glass beads, jewel-tone fabric, silver ornaments, and the unique tinkle of the hand-formed bronze bell to reflect their individual personalities, so each strand is unique. Read more...

These are a Fair Trade item, ensuring that the women who hand make them are paid a fair wage. You may find similar hens elsewhere for considerably less, but that pretty much guarantees that the people who made them were not paid a fair wage.

Hang a strand of the 30 colorful hens in your doorway or kitchen to inspire and invite a bit of prosperity into your own home.
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