Vilt Van Ver

Handmade Felt Ball Trivet

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These trivets aren’t only unique and beautiful—they’ve got a backstory that will make you feel good about having them in your home.

Fair trade women's groups in Nepal make felt balls from 100% high-quality wool, and then string together 100 of these lively little spheres. Nepal is known for its felting, and it shows in these
striking, thoughtfully designed pieces.

Use these heat resistant handicrafts for resting or serving hot dishes, pans, or teapots. The bright, fun colors also make them a great accent for a bookshelf or table, and the mix of colors means they’ll fit in with almost any decorating style. Plus, you’ll get the heartwarming feeling of knowing that you’re helping women in Nepal—a notoriously oppressive place for them—earn living wages with their craft.

Founder Marianne Monster created Vilt Van Ver (“Felt from Far”) in order to combine her creativity with running her own business. After traveling to Nepal in 2013, she decided to work with a Nepalese organization that offers fair wages and conditions to women, helping them become financially independent.

Give this delightful trivet as a gift or keep it for your own home—it's cheerful, unexpected, and meaningful.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Marianne
    Marianne

    Hi Grommet Community! My name is Marianne and I am the founder of Vilt Van Ver. Our colorful felt ball trivets are all handmade in Nepal by fair trade women's work groups. The design is both functional and fun! Enjoy!

  • Jo
    Jo
    4/7/2015 1:31 PM

    Really neat.... But $39.00 plus shipping for one??? Seriously???

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    4/7/2015 1:53 PM

    Hi Jo, we understand a $39 trivet isn't for everyone, but as far as shipping goes we are making it free today!

    Mountain View

  • Ernestine
    Ernestine
    4/7/2015 2:42 PM

    These are cute but a $40.00+shipping they aren't that cute. Selling price way out of line.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    4/7/2015 3:11 PM

    Hi Ernestine, as I mentioned above, we understand not all will want to pay $39 for a trivet, but to try and help matters we are offering free shipping on it!

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    4/7/2015 2:48 PM

    Yeah... as a vegan, I don't believe in turning other living, sentient beings into commodities. I will definitely not be purchasing one of these. It's great that they're Fair Trade, but the wool industry is brutal in most places. Very disappointing.

  • Marianne
    Marianne – Special Guest
    4/7/2015 4:24 PM

    @Michelle Hi Michelle, I totally understand your concern. However we do have a very good and trustfull relationship with our Nepalese manufacturer who ensures us that the wool is obtained sustainably from New Zealand.

  • Margaret
    Margaret
    4/7/2015 6:12 PM

    @Marianne "150 years ago, they would've thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would've laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would've objected to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. 25 years ago, they would've called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Someday they won't be laughing." ~Gary Smith

  • Sunny
    Sunny
    4/7/2015 9:11 PM

    @Margaret I am with Margaret and Michelle, as a vegan and one practicing ahimsa, the principle of non-harming. I understand fair trade enterprises help the emerging populations engaged in them, as is right. But as long as we buy products made through the exploitation of nonhuman animals, they will make them for us to buy. Just as people wish to eat dogs, take rhino horn tonics, spread foie gras on their toast points, or eat bacon, beef, chicken wings, or shrimp cocktail, animals will suffer and die to make money for those who provide for those wishes. Enough!

  • The Swedish Flicka
    The Swedish Flicka
    4/7/2015 3:34 PM

    Hello Marianne and Mike,

    I support this work being done completely and understand the price has to be set for a profit to be made. I am not sure why others need to post negative comments, if they do not want to pay the price for the item, then they are free to shop elsewhere.

    Perhaps they are upset because they truly would like to own a Nepalese made trivet, and cannot rationalize spending that amount. However, it is their choice and to voice their unhappiness over the price was unnecessary. I love the video and the back story-and really 'felt' inspired by it! Thank you! ~F

  • Marianne
    Marianne – Special Guest
    4/7/2015 4:25 PM

    @The Swedish Thanks for your kind words!

  • Bethany
    Bethany
    4/7/2015 4:06 PM

    What a beautiful concept and product! I see that you have pictures of a cake stand and a vase on the trivet. My concern is that the felt balls would make the surface bumpy & unstable for tipsy items. Is that an issue? Thanks!

  • Marianne
    Marianne – Special Guest
    4/7/2015 4:15 PM

    @Bethany Hello Bethany, that's not a problem at all. The felt balls are 2 cm (0.8 inch) each so if you make sure items you put on it are at least 5 cm (2 inch) it won't be unstable. We also make coasters from felt balls which are 1 cm (0.4 inch) each and are able to hold wine glasses.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    4/7/2015 4:18 PM

    Hi Bethany, just to jump off Marianne's point, we just put a wine glass and thin water bottle on the trivet without a problem. Hope this helps!

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    4/7/2015 5:09 PM

    You can get TWO of these at AMAZON for only $44.50. Both are larger than this one. Also no shipping; they are on prime.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    4/7/2015 5:30 PM

    Hi Sandra, we can't verify that the trivets you are referencing are the trivets from Vilt Van Ver. What we can verify is that Vilt Van Ver products are part of a social enterprise, one of the core values kept in mind when Grommets are selected. We can verify that while these trivets are slightly more expensive than those you reference, they are handmade from 100% high-quality wool, creating fair wages and conditions for women in Nepal, so they can become more financially independent. We're proud we can bring a Maker from another part of the world here to The Grommet to sell to you.

  • ct
    ct
    4/7/2015 5:10 PM

    these are bright and fubctional. but, wherever you are there is probably a woolen place not too far. perhaps some of your sources could be also usa, even where you can observe the quality of the source. but i love that you are attentive to your source for now.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    4/7/2015 5:47 PM

    Thanks for the feedback, CT. The big reason for Vilt Van Ver sourcing from Nepal is creating fair wages and conditions for women living there.

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