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ACP - Association for Craft Producers
The Association for Craft Producers is a local, non-profit and fair-trade organization that provides design, marketing, management and technical services to low-income Nepalese craft producers. By doi...
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The Association for Craft Producers is a local, non-profit and fair-trade organization that provides design, marketing, management and technical services to low-income Nepalese craft producers. By doing so, the organization helps the artisans to advance and globally distribute their work, for which they receive fair wages and other benefits like medical and child education support and foresight funds. Based at the foot of the Himalayas, ACP attempts to leave the least possible impact on the environment. Therefore they for example only use water-based pigments for printing.
ALLPA
ALLPA is a Peruvian export company with its headquarter in Lima. The company works with around 700 families, most of them running their own workshops and producing jewellery as well as accessories mad...
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ALLPA is a Peruvian export company with its headquarter in Lima. The company works with around 700 families, most of them running their own workshops and producing jewellery as well as accessories made of alpaca wool. For the jewellery, the artisans use gemstones such as onyx, lapis lazuli, opal, obsidian, turquoise and jasper as well as natural materials such as mother-of-pearl or shells of local fruits. As the sale of the craft products on the domestic market is not sufficiently secured, ALLPA unites the goods of the individual artisan groups and manages the sale to alternative trade organisations. It also guarantees pre-financing for the production. This is because ALLPA's primary goal, which means "earth" in Quechua, is to secure the livelihood of family businesses in the arts and crafts sector. In order to promote handicraft production and thus to secure the livelihood of small family businesses, training courses have been held since 1981. In 1986 ALLPA also started its export activities. ALLPA is a project of the Peruvian Institute for Research and Development (Institúto Peruano de Investigación y Desarrollo, IPID), a private organisation that cooperates with rural communities and craftsmen in the countryside. The company is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and operates according to the ten principles of fair trade.
ASHA
ASHA Handicraft Association is an alternative marketing and export organisation that has been active in fair trade since 1975. The organisation is based in Mumbai and works with over 800 artisans and ...
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ASHA Handicraft Association is an alternative marketing and export organisation that has been active in fair trade since 1975. The organisation is based in Mumbai and works with over 800 artisans and producers throughout India. They offer the artisans support in marketing and selling their products on the international market to jointly preserve the local art and handicraft.
Auromira Exports
Auromira Exports supports the craft of weaving in rural areas of Pondicherry in southern India. Techniques of dyeing, decoration of textiles and needlework are used to produce high quality textiles. I...
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Auromira Exports supports the craft of weaving in rural areas of Pondicherry in southern India. Techniques of dyeing, decoration of textiles and needlework are used to produce high quality textiles. In this way, Auromira Exports wants to enable less privileged young people to take a sustainable approach to self-employment and train them to become independent artisans. Auromira Exports attaches importance to environmentally friendly production methods.
Bawa Hope LTD
Bawa Hope is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and bases its work on the ten principles of fair trade. Founder Anne Nzilani aims to support arts and handicrafts from marginalised co...
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Bawa Hope is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and bases its work on the ten principles of fair trade. Founder Anne Nzilani aims to support arts and handicrafts from marginalised communities in Nairobi. These communities can offer their products on international markets through the fair trade company. In order to protect the environment, the jewellery is mainly made from recycled materials.
CARAO
Carao is a jewellery design studio in Peru and Costa Rica working with artisans who live and breathe tradition. The silversmiths who work in the studio are experts in their craft – they have bee...
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Carao is a jewellery design studio in Peru and Costa Rica working with artisans who live and breathe tradition. The silversmiths who work in the studio are experts in their craft – they have been wowing us for years with their handmade creations, designed to „withstand the test of time,“ as Carao describes their approach. Inspiration is drawn from their cultural heritage and its clash with the contemporary surroundings. "We are passionate about making our craft with love, rescuing our culture, and supporting local talent.“ On the pictures you can get an impression of what it looks like when the silversmiths handcraft the beautiful jewellery. Whenever possible Carao uses locally-sourced and repurposed materials – an example for this are the gemstones that you can find in our jewellery collection. Through connecting artisan talents from the local communities with the international fashion market and its consumers, Carao has a great impact on building stable businesses as well as sustainable incomes: "We founded our studio in 2014 with the objective of rescuing our cultural legacy, heritage practices, and providing steady, well-paid jobs to the artisans who have kept our traditions alive."
CORR-THE JUTE WORKS
The abbreviation CORR stands for Christian Organization for Relief and Rehabilitation. With the aim to help war widows after the War of Independence in 1971, CORR started off with a program connected ...
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The abbreviation CORR stands for Christian Organization for Relief and Rehabilitation. With the aim to help war widows after the War of Independence in 1971, CORR started off with a program connected local women with a young designer from New York City in order to provide them with an income. Together they developed handicrafts made from jute and achieved that many marginalized rural women could reach more financial independence. Today CORR still is a working place for many women like Rehena Bagum, living in villages around Dhaka in Bangladesh, providing them with a place that stands for autonomy and companionship among women.
Chiban Leather
Chiban Leather is a leather manufacturing company with a strong social focus based in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Eden, the founder of Chiban Leather wanted to create a work place for the ma...
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Chiban Leather is a leather manufacturing company with a strong social focus based in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Eden, the founder of Chiban Leather wanted to create a work place for the marginalized and vulnerable youth who usually lives in the outskirts of the city. By offering them favorable labor conditions, working closely with a network of local tanneries and using locally sourced materials, Eden wants to create as much positiv impact as possible in her community. The animals are living on the fields of the Ethiopian country side for years. They treat them in an organic way. Someday when the time comes, they bring them over to Addis Adeba, where they will be slaughtered and skinned within a day. All products are used, the skin is distributed to the tanneries and the meat is spread to the local Butchery.
DEW Crafts
DEW Crafts is a non-governmental organization (NGO), with its head office in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Further offices are in Mymensingh, Netrokona, Jamalpur, Savar and Jessore. As a member of...
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DEW Crafts is a non-governmental organization (NGO), with its head office in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Further offices are in Mymensingh, Netrokona, Jamalpur, Savar and Jessore. As a member of the Word Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), DEW operates according to the ten principles of fair trade and cooperates with about 12 small artisanal companies. To weave baskets is a traditional craft in Bangladesh, for which mainly natural materials are used. The artisans from DEW work in central working places close to their homes under fair working conditions and scheduled breaks. Women and men earn the same wage. Also, women have the opportunity to work from home, so that they can care for their children. DEW organises the export of the high-quality products. Through selling the baskets the artisans are able to sustainably improve their life standards. Therefore, DEW also creates campaigns to gain a wider awareness for gender equality in the society as well as to promote techniques for sustainable and small permaculture and actions against climate change.
Dhaka Handicrafts
The non-profit organisation Dhaka Handicrafts is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and organises its trade in accordance with the ten principles of fair trade. Groups of artisans fr...
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The non-profit organisation Dhaka Handicrafts is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and organises its trade in accordance with the ten principles of fair trade. Groups of artisans from rural areas in Bangladesh are supported in the marketing and export of their fair trade and handcrafted products.
FAIR GIFT
It is the declared goal of the Indian fair trade organisation Fair Gift to increase the awareness of fair trade and to expand the market for Indian handicrafts. Founded in 2013, the organisation no...
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It is the declared goal of the Indian fair trade organisation Fair Gift to increase the awareness of fair trade and to expand the market for Indian handicrafts. Founded in 2013, the organisation now works with about 15 producer groups in South India, who manufacture cutlery made of wood such as rice spoons as well as incense sticks, toys, ceramics, textiles or palm candy. Besides the marketing and sale of their handicraft products, Fair Gift also supports the artisans in design and product development, in questions of packaging and the export of the goods. With regular workshops, the organisation also provides information on fair trade topics. One of the companies working with Fair Gift is the family business Sivam Pottery in Puducherry in South India. In addition to marketing, Fair Gift also manages the export of their ceramic products. The ceramic products are made of stoneware by the artisans of Sivam Pottery. In the traditional process of ceramic production, these are wheel-thrown, glazed and fired at 1,200°C.
Geolicrafts Company Limited
Frafra People x Geolicrafts, Ghana Bolgatanga is the centre of handicrafts in the Upper East Region of Ghana: from basketry and pottery to leatherwork and decorative house painting, numerous crafts ar...
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Frafra People x Geolicrafts, Ghana Bolgatanga is the centre of handicrafts in the Upper East Region of Ghana: from basketry and pottery to leatherwork and decorative house painting, numerous crafts are represented in the region and its capital. It is also there, in and around Bolgatanga, that the bolga baskets, which are well-known far beyond the country’s borders, are made. The large baskets with round bottoms are often decorated with bold stripes or geometric patterns, but can also be found in other shapes, patterns and colours – ranging from very colourful to natural baskets. Bolga baskets are made by Frafra women in the villages around Bolgatanga. The Frafra (also called Gorse or Gurune) are an ethnic group in the northern part of Ghana and southern Burkina Faso, but live mostly in the north-eastern part of the Upper East Region in Ghana. Bolgatanga is not only the most important urban centre and trading town in the Upper East, but also the most important Frafra town. Although the Frafra are primarily engaged in agriculture, they are also known for their handicraft products such as baskets and hats made of straw. The Frafra in the Bolgatanga district have passed down the technique of basket weaving for generations, using the local veta vera straw to make the baskets. For the bolga baskets, the veta vera straw, also called elephant grass, is collected from the tips of the grass stalks and then each piece is split vertically into two halves. Each half of the split straw is then tightly twisted through rolling it together to give it strength. Unless the veta vera straw is left in its natural colouring for a basket or pattern, it is dyed in boiling water, often in bright colours, before weaving. Once the material has been prepared, the basket weavers start with the bottom of the basket and build up the sides towards the top. The edges of the bolga baskets are generally flat or wrapped with straw to form a tubular rim. There are different variations for the handles of the baskets, all of which the weavers make with a robust wrapping technique around a grass core. Any leftover straw that sticks out of the basket is cut off in the last step. With the striped baskets and the u-shaped shopper, you will find a small selection of bolga baskets in our shop. These are woven by Frafra women artisans in the villages outside Bolgatanga (only occasionally men are also active in making baskets) and sold by them to the export company Geolicrafts. The Accra-based company buys and exports handicraft products from local producers and artisans, including baskets in various colours and shapes, masks and instruments, especially drums. Geolicrafts was founded by George Akologo, who himself comes from upper east Ghana.
Holy Land
Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society (HLHCS) is based in Beit Sahour, a town east of Bethlehem in the West Bank with a population of around 15,400. The fair-trade organization was founded in 1981 ...
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Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society (HLHCS) is based in Beit Sahour, a town east of Bethlehem in the West Bank with a population of around 15,400. The fair-trade organization was founded in 1981 by an association of Palestinian artists and artisans. The aim is to preserve the traditional handicraft techniques of the area. Besides selling its products to local tourists, HLHCS has also gained additional market access through its cooperation with European fair-trade organizations. The company is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and bases its work on the 10 principles of fair trade. The main focus of the artisans' work is olive wood carvings. The range includes very complex religious motifs as well as wooden products for the kitchen and everyday use. The wood for the carvings comes from local olive trees. The history of the use of olive wood in Palestine reaches back thousands of years. HLHCS also offers other handmade products made of mother-of-pearl and sheep's wool, ceramics, embroidery and jewellery. For the wood carvings, the artisans would first give a piece of wood its rough, abstract shape. Afterwards, fine work is required: faces, bodies or other shapes are created; details are worked out. Finally, they are sandpapered smooth to remove potential unevenness and then coated with a special varnish. One of the HLHCS artisans is Rimon Sway who works in his workshop alongside his son Elias. Here, as well as in the nearby workshop of his brother Nicola, the olive wood soap dishes that you find in our range are produced.
Intercrafts
Intercrafts is a Lima-based non-profit organisation, founded in 2002 by CIAP, an interregional Peruvian artisans’ association. It sets a focus on longterm partnership and therefore works with the sa...
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Intercrafts is a Lima-based non-profit organisation, founded in 2002 by CIAP, an interregional Peruvian artisans’ association. It sets a focus on longterm partnership and therefore works with the same artisans in different regions of Peru since its founding. It aims to create marketing opportunities through international sales and thus guarantee the Peruvian artisans a sustainable income.
Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark is an Indian fair trade organisation based in Moradabad and a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). The founder, Samuel Masih, aimed to create greater sales opportunities for ...
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Noah's Ark is an Indian fair trade organisation based in Moradabad and a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). The founder, Samuel Masih, aimed to create greater sales opportunities for the artisans on the international market through establishing direct exports. For more than 30 years, the organisation works according to the principles of long-term relationships and investments, stands for transparency for both customers and artisans, and cultivates relationships with partners who share the same values.
Prokritee
The fair trade organisation Prokritee is based in Dhaka and mainly works with artisans from the rural areas of Bangladesh. Fair trade and sustainability are key components of their work: the producers...
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The fair trade organisation Prokritee is based in Dhaka and mainly works with artisans from the rural areas of Bangladesh. Fair trade and sustainability are key components of their work: the producers use natural, local materials for their handmade products, for example by using scraps from the regional textile industry. Prokritee is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Royal Knit
The family business Royal Knit was founded by Benita and Sebastian, who previously worked as teachers in the indigenous communities surrounding Lake Titicaca in the Altiplano region of Peru. They foun...
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The family business Royal Knit was founded by Benita and Sebastian, who previously worked as teachers in the indigenous communities surrounding Lake Titicaca in the Altiplano region of Peru. They founded Royal Knit to keep the ancient weaving techniques alive and to increase the artisans’ income opportunities through international sales. The company cooperates with weavers in different regions of Peru. Royal Knit is member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
SANA HASTAKALA
The Nepalese fair trade organisation Sana Hastakala was founded in 1989 with the support of UNICEF. Today the organisation consists of about 60 producer groups. Through its work, the organisation aims...
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The Nepalese fair trade organisation Sana Hastakala was founded in 1989 with the support of UNICEF. Today the organisation consists of about 60 producer groups. Through its work, the organisation aims to preserve traditional Nepalese handicrafts and create income opportunities for socially disadvantaged classes. Across over 1,200 artisans, the majority are women. Sana Hastakala offer women the possibility to work from home to create a more flexible work schedule, which can ease the coordination of childcare and work if needed.
Sang Arun
In the north of Thailand in the city of Lampang, the family business Sang Arun counts more than 150 employees. Aside from the family members, most of them are women. The company which was founded in 1...
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In the north of Thailand in the city of Lampang, the family business Sang Arun counts more than 150 employees. Aside from the family members, most of them are women. The company which was founded in 1976 aims to prevent rural exodus. Many people are drawn to bigger cities in the hopes of higher wages and better living conditions, but most end up disappointed. Therefore, Sang Arun creates more attractive job opportunities.
Sidai Designs
“Sidai” means “beautiful” in Maa, the language of the Maasai – which exactly describes each piece of beaded jewellery created by the roughly 120 Maasai women working for Sidai Designs. In th...
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“Sidai” means “beautiful” in Maa, the language of the Maasai – which exactly describes each piece of beaded jewellery created by the roughly 120 Maasai women working for Sidai Designs. In the Maasai culture, jewellery and the specific beading techniques with which it is made play an important role. Therefore, the glass pearl jewellery Sidai Designs offers is deeply rooted in the traditional beading techniques of the Tanzanian Maasai artisans. Sidai Design and the associated NGO ‘Sidai Maasai Women Organization’ was founded in 2011 by Eszter Rabi and Rebecca Olivia Moore in Tanzania.
Taec Laos
Today the Khmu people, whose ancestors are considered to be the original inhabitants of Laos, are the second-largest ethnic group in the country. They are traditionally known for their intimate knowle...
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Today the Khmu people, whose ancestors are considered to be the original inhabitants of Laos, are the second-largest ethnic group in the country. They are traditionally known for their intimate knowledge of the forest and its products, which have always been a vital part of the Khmu's artisan culture. Although many of their traditional handicraft skills have died out over the past decades, they still make bags using the strong Liana vine, which they harvest from the wild, then dry, twist into rope, and crochet. Mrs Pid is the head of her village handicraft group which consists of 25 - 30 families. Her family, like most Khmu living in rural areas, practises subsistence farming. When not in the field, Mrs Pid dedicates a large amount of time to practising her craft. Making handicrafts has become recognised in her community as providing an important source of supplemental income.
Tara
The organisation TARA was founded by teachers, students and social workers to support people from the caste of the so-called 'untouchables' around Delhi. Despite the bans, these individuals experience...
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The organisation TARA was founded by teachers, students and social workers to support people from the caste of the so-called 'untouchables' around Delhi. Despite the bans, these individuals experience daily discrimination and are among the poorest of the population. The first workshop TARA created offered training on the loom. Today, the organisation accounts for several member cooperatives and some associate groups. Among them are registered cooperatives, groups which follow cooperative rules, and small family businesses.
Usha Exim
USHA EXIM is a fair trade organisation in New Delhi which was founded in 1994 for the export of handicraft products. It bases itself on ethical and fair trade practices. By now, USHA EXIM works with m...
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USHA EXIM is a fair trade organisation in New Delhi which was founded in 1994 for the export of handicraft products. It bases itself on ethical and fair trade practices. By now, USHA EXIM works with more than 100 artisans. The multi-product export organisation distributes their products to international markets.
Villageworks
Villageworks Cambodia was founded in 2001 as a social enterprise and is based in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Villageworks' self-declared mission: to support vulnerable and marginalized groups...
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Villageworks Cambodia was founded in 2001 as a social enterprise and is based in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Villageworks' self-declared mission: to support vulnerable and marginalized groups by creating economic opportunities and promoting sustainable livelihoods. This includes, for example, training and providing skills to home-based workers in remote parts of rural Cambodia and people with disabilities in Phnom Penh. Production therefore takes place mainly in villages: Today, Villageworks works with producer groups in five different communities in Kampong Thom province, about 250 km from Phnom Penh, and distributes their products. In each community, Villageworks runs joint sewing workshops. There, the artisans, most of them women, work close to their houses and under the guidance of an experienced group leader. The result is a broad range of handicraft products, including bags or home accessories made from recycled cement sacks or advertising banners, but also scarves from pure silk, accessories from palm leaves or bags from hand-woven cotton. In addition to the village workshops, Villageworks also runs a coordination and training center in Baray. The company has been a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) since 2015. It aligns its work with the 10 principles of Fair Trade.
Wüstensand
The marketing and export organisation Wüstensand was founded in 2000 in Marrakesh. Its aim is to create and secure permanent jobs in the country through the international sales of Moroccan handicraft...
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The marketing and export organisation Wüstensand was founded in 2000 in Marrakesh. Its aim is to create and secure permanent jobs in the country through the international sales of Moroccan handicraft products. Wüstensand has been working with various artisan groups and family businesses for many years. Of these, 40 families are specialized in basketry products.
Yadawee
The Egyptian organisation Yadawee has made it their mission to preserve and export high-quality Egyptian handicraft. Therefore, Yadawee works closely with Egyptian artisan groups and guarantees fair p...
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The Egyptian organisation Yadawee has made it their mission to preserve and export high-quality Egyptian handicraft. Therefore, Yadawee works closely with Egyptian artisan groups and guarantees fair prices as well as good working conditions. To preserve the environment, recycled and natural materials are used as much as possible.