We care about how things are made. We care about the people who make them. By blending modern designs with traditional techniques we want to bring the craftsmanship of our female-led artisan partners to a wider audience. We want to preserve the proud lineage of their techniques by anchoring beautiful design with responsibly produced and ethically sourced raw materials.
OUR FEMALE-LED PARTNERS
This group was founded in 2014 to provide sustainable employment opportunities for the local community and maintain traditional techniques, in a weaving and textile production region of India, which have been used for generations. While most of the artisans are experts in hand craft, the group also provides professional development training to enable artisans to produce high quality textiles.
The group also invests in a local nonprofit to support children in need. The women working on our pieces are experts and their techniques have been handed down from generation to generation.
Some of the women come from economic hardship and view sustainable work as the key to self improvement and stability for their families.
Powerloom Jacquard In the heart of South India, Karur is home to a community of printing artisans and weavers whose handloom textile heritage runs deep. It is here that our artisan partner cooperative was founded by a single female weaver to provide empowerment and livelihood for other marginalized artisans. Today, 12 women run the co-op, spinning storied narratives through the stunning, global pieces they create.
Screen Print Screen printing is a distinct, versatile technique that uses mesh to artfully layer ink onto fabric, one color at a time.
Embroidery - Embroidery is an age-old technique that’s as timeless as it is diverse. The hand work of this time-intensive, skillful technique minimizes waste, making it a highly sustainable technique.
Employees earn living wages and work on average 8 hours per day. They have time to be home with their children before and after school.
Subbulakshmi, Quality Control - “After my husband died, it was tough to have a normal life. I joined this co-op for survival, and am now getting regular work with steady income. I oversee Quality Control and am now an expert in the checking technique. I am now able to manage my kids’ education, family basic needs and medical expenses. I am feeling good now.”
Latha, Tailor - Due to hardship, Latha’s living conditions were critical. Since her family was unable to support her and her children, a relative recommended the co-operative as a way to earn income. She joined and became a dedicated tailor. Latha’s income has become stable and she is now living happily and is able to provide for her family.