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Artisans

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 based in Lima. They are a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and ground their work in the ten principles of fair trade. ALLPA works together with aro...
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ALLPA is a Peruvian export company based in Lima. They are a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and ground their work in the ten principles of fair trade. ALLPA works together with around 700 families, most of whom run their own workshops in which they manufacture jewellery and accessories from alpaca wool. The artisans create unique pieces of jewellery by combining traditional techniques with modern designs.
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
The Carao Studio was founded with the aim of preserving the cultural heritage of the countries and providing steady, well-paid jobs to the artisans who have kept traditions alive. Carao works with art...
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The Carao Studio was founded with the aim of preserving the cultural heritage of the countries and providing steady, well-paid jobs to the artisans who have kept traditions alive. Carao works with artisans that use traditional techniques. For their handmade jewellery, they draw inspiration from their cultural heritage and combine it with contemporary influences.
CORR-THE JUTE WORKS
CORR – The Jute Works is a fair trade organisation based in Dhaka and works with the women cooperatives in Bangladesh. Overall, CORR works with around 6,500 women in more than 200 cooperatives throu...
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CORR – The Jute Works is a fair trade organisation based in Dhaka and works with the women cooperatives in Bangladesh. Overall, CORR works with around 6,500 women in more than 200 cooperatives throughout the country. The artisans create products such as carpets and bags from jute fibres. CORR was founded in 1973 and is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Chiban Leather
Chiban Leather is a leather manufacturing company located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, with a strong focus on social issues. Chiban Leather’s founder, Eden , wanted to create jobs for ma...
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Chiban Leather is a leather manufacturing company located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, with a strong focus on social issues. Chiban Leather’s founder, Eden , wanted to create jobs for marginalised and disadvantaged adolescents who usually live on the outskirts of the city and have little future prospects. Care instructions: For long-lasting enjoyment, spray the bag with a leather spray.,
DEW Crafts
The non-governmental organisation DEW Crafts is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Therefore, the work at DEW is based on the ten principles of fair trade. DEW provides safe and fai...
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The non-governmental organisation DEW Crafts is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Therefore, the work at DEW is based on the ten principles of fair trade. DEW provides safe and fair working conditions and equal pay, regardless of gender. They 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.
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
The Indian fair trade organisation Fair Gift supports about fifteen artisan groups in South India in marketing and selling their handicraft products. The organisation was founded in 2013 with the aim ...
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The Indian fair trade organisation Fair Gift supports about fifteen artisan groups in South India in marketing and selling their handicraft products. The organisation was founded in 2013 with the aim of raising awareness of fair trade and expanding the market for Indian handicrafts.
Geolicrafts Company Limited
The small company Geolicrafts is based in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and has been promoting local handicraft since 2004. More than 200 artisans organise themselves at Geolicrafts Ventures, whose pro...
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The small company Geolicrafts is based in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and has been promoting local handicraft since 2004. More than 200 artisans organise themselves at Geolicrafts Ventures, whose products can thus be offered on the international market. The production of high-quality baskets in this structurally weak area is an important source of income for the artisans.
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
These bags are handmade from jungle vines by 30 artisan families of the Khmu in Laos. Despite their delicate look, they are very robust. The ethnic group of the Khmu live in the mountains of northern ...
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These bags are handmade from jungle vines by 30 artisan families of the Khmu in Laos. Despite their delicate look, they are very robust. The ethnic group of the Khmu live in the mountains of northern Laos and also in neighbouring areas in southern China, Vietnam and Thailand. They are known for their precise knowledge about the jungle, which has strongly shaped the local craftmanship. We work closely with the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) to organise logistics.
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.