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artisAN GROUPS

INDIA

(SILK)

KANTHA COLLECTION

Our Kantha collection is ethically produced by a family business based in New Delhi. We have worked with this family for over 2 years, importing small-batch collections of one-of-a-kind, shawls and scarves.

 

These beautiful pieces are made from vintage saris, up-cycled into fashion pieces. Two saris are put back to back and then sewn together with the "Kantha" running stitch, creating a scarf of shawl with a completely different colour and pattern on either side. 

 

Silk looks beautiful with it's lustrous sheen, is a durable fibre and is both warming and cooling. Each of these pieces are unique in pattern and colour and threads. Frayed edges, patches are all part of the nature of working with vintage cloth and re-creating a new product from old.

VIETNAM

(SILK Blend)

VIETNAM COLLECTION

We are partnered with a fair trade women's cooperative in a community east of Hanoi, Vietnam. With 20 families operating 25 looms, this cooperative and can weave nearly 5,000 scarves per month! Silk weaving has existed through many generations, and scarves are woven with respect to tradition. 

 

Weaving is an important way for villagers to make a living and bring money into their communities to provide education and medicine. 

 

This cooperative employs sustainable practices like:

  • Using silk that is cultivated locally in their hand spun yarns

  • Using safe dye ingredients to protect the health of the artisans, the environment, and you! 

  • Dye-waste-filter system, helping to protect the local environment

INDIA

(WOOL)

MANALI COLLECTION

This collection is created by a fair trade women’s cooperative located in the North Western Himalaya Valley region of Manali, India. It was formed by a group of tribal women in 2001 with the aim of creating sustainable employment for women and in these remote areas. Now, with a production team of over 800 artisans, they provide free hand-loom weaving training to community members, generating income for over 150 families.

 

This cooperative produces high-quality, hand-woven, and eco-friendly products using natural fibres like wool and sustainable vegetable dyes.  Using traditional weaving equipment, similar to those used in that area hundreds of years ago, our scarves are woven respecting the regions tradition. 

bangladesh

(jute)

jute COLLECTION

Crafted by a fair trade women's cooperative in Bangladesh, the Jute Tote is extremly durable with leather handles, fastened on rivets. They cary over 90 pounds! The Jute tote is 100% biodegradable 

 

The Jute Tote is also very sustainable. Not only is Jute 100% biodegradable, it also has a low CO2 footprint, relesasing (literally) tons of Oxygen into the air!

 

The mission of this cooperative is to create Eco-friendly products and by doing so, support woman and their families in Bangladesh.  The lives of rural women belonging to this cooperative are improved by providing employment, literary classes and training on nutrition, women's legal rights and finance.  When women are empowered, the community as a whole is transformed and improved livelihoods make life more enjoyable and sustainable.  More income means better education, better food and peace in the households.