After the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the country’s basket weaving tradition took on new meaning. Women banded together into artisan cooperatives and found healing and reconciliation through weaving together.
Today, the traditional baskets have taken on the name, “peace baskets,” as a symbol of hope for the future. Our artisans are provided work and paid a fair wage for each handmade basket. Through the additional income gained, they are able to invest in their businesses, pay for their children’s school fees, and set aside money to plan for the future.
From Guatemala City, we bring you luxury handmade leather goods. Our artisans in Guatemala combine locally-sourced materials and traditional leather working techniques with a modern aesthetic.
Our leather goods are highly functional and designed to make your life easier with all the right pockets, holders, and compartments. Artisans live in and around Guatemala City and are paid fair-trade standard wages for their beautiful work.
Our Uzbekistan products feature a traditional embroidery technique that can be traced back to the 17th century and is made entirely by hand with natural silk thread. During its time as a soviet republic, traditional craft suffered due to the view that factory-made goods were superior to handicraft.
Since gaining independence in 1991, Uzbekistan has begun a cultural revival of sorts. Our artisan partners play their part by keeping this incredible craft tradition alive. Our artisans are provided extensive training, a fair wage, and a safe, comfortable place to work.
Women in Uganda are bright, capable, and talented, but often lack one thing: opportunity. Many women carry the economic burden for the home, but there are few jobs available for them.
To combat this situation, we train and employ artisans to create handcrafted jewelry, notebooks, and upcycled cowhorn products. Sales revenue is channeled back to artisans in the form of stable income and social programs, including school fees for children, medical benefits, and artisan training in business, literacy, and health.
Out of the slums of Delhi, we bring you high quality products that give hope and opportunity to those experiencing the challenges of urban poverty.
Previously, many of our artisans in India foraged daily through trash piles for recyclable items to sell. Today, they create beautiful products with materials upcycled from discarded items to promote sustainability. In addition to providing a fair wage and social programs for the artisans themselves, proceeds from sales support local slum schools to impact the entire community.
Our artisan partners in Peru come from regions including Lima, Cusco, Iquitos, Chulucanas, and Madre de Dios. Materials are sourced locally with a focus on sustainably managing resources.
Women suffer disproportionately from unemployment and poverty in Peru, but artisan craft has created new opportunities for Peruvian women. Through training in their craft and steady employment, our artisans become experts at what they do while providing for their families and saving for the future.
Our artisan partners in Morocco are master ceramists in which the work of clay has been passed down between generations since 1830. Safi and Marrakesh workshops offer a safe learning environment for young people, helping them move further from poverty and become master ceramists.
Each piece is entirely handmade with designs inspired by the contrasting landscapes and cultures of Morocco (Berber, Saharan, Arab and African cultures). Artisans are paid fair wages, provided healthcare, retirement, and other in-kind benefits, and are guaranteed a comfortable work environment.
From the rural areas of KwaZulu Natal, our artisans from South Africa are experts in traditional craft. The tradition of pottery and craft is passed down from parents to children each generation and is an important part of life in the Zulu nation.
Each product is made by hand using traditional techniques. Our artisans are employed at fair trade standards, meaning they receive a fair wage for their time and have a safe and healthy work environment.
On September 7th, 2017, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Oaxaca, killing nearly 100 people and collapsing thousands of homes and buildings. Gratefully, in the days following the tragedy, all of our artisan partners were found to be safe.
Now more than ever, purchasing our beautiful bags from Mexico helps provide much-needed work for these talented weavers as they rebuild their homes and community.