We collaborate with family-run workshops, independently run cooperatives, artisan studios, and NGO supported artisan workshops. To read more about why and how we partner with the communities we do visit our story page.

We take pride in the fact that our process is a collaborative effort between us and our artisan partners. We recognize that they are the masters of their craft and value their design input. However, while the foundation of many of our products and designs are traditional, we like to challenge our artisans to think outside of the box by introducing more modern patterns, shapes, colourways, or finishes. Along the way there are lots of "are you sure?" on both ends and sometimes what we envision can't be created exactly as we picture it - but we're always proud that the finished product is a true reflection of old meets new...a melding of two cultures.

We are proud to currently work with six small artisan groups, families, and communities in four countries. 

 

Yen Pang Basket Weavers

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Location: Bolgatanga, Ghana
Established: 2014 | Group Size: 19

Organized in 2014, Yen Pang Basket Weavers is located in a small rural area outside of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. Women traditionally farm during the year however, many have learned the craft of basket making from their mothers and grandmothers and use this skill to supplement their regular income. Each artisan earns approximately three to four times the average income they would selling their baskets in the local market. Funds are set aside and invested into things that benefit the entire cooperative generating opportunities for the women.

Each weaver is paid in full in advance. Earning a regular and consistent income allows the women to contribute financially to their household and provides a feeling of pride and empowerment. Originally established as a group of 9, the groups success has lead the group to grow to 19 women as they see the possibilities.

 

Weavers of Karnataka

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Location: Karnataka, India
Eestablished: 1995 | Group Size: 200

WOMEN ARE FROM THE ANEGUNDI VILLAGE, WHERE IT WAS ONCE UNTHINKABLE OF A WOMAN WORKING, AND WALK TO WORKSHOP FACILITY WHICH LIES AT THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE. USING THE FIBERS HAS A NON-INVASIVE IMPACT ON THE THE ENVIRONMENT. SUSTAINABILITY IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY FOCUSES AND ALL PRODUCTS ARE ALL BIODEGRADABLE. ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE CRAFT. STARTED WITH 8 WOMEN HAS GROWN TO 200. THE WOMEN TRAIN INTERESTED WOMEN AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE, NEW TECHNIQUES, DESIGNS. DRIED BANANA SHEATHS, THE OUTER LAYERS OF THE BANANA STEM, WHICH IS DRIED NATURALLY IN THE SUNNY BEFORE BEING MADE INTO ROPE. 

THE WOMEN, AGE 18-60, WORK TOGETHER IN A SOCIAL SETTING COMPLETE WITH LUNCH AND THE REQUISITE TEA BREAKS.  SOME CHOOSE TO WORK FROM HOME ALLOWING THEM TO ALSO TAKE WORK AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES. MONTHLY, THEY EARN TWICE THE AMOUNT AS THEY WOULD WORKING IN OTHER JOBS COMMON IN THEIR AREA.

PROCEEDS FROM SALES HELP SUPPORT LIVELIHOOD INITIATIVES SUCH AS XYZ WHILE ALSO PROVIDING THE WOMEN TO EARN AN INDEPENDENT INCOME.

 

Gulu Artisans

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Location: Gulu, Uganda
Established: 1995 | Group Size: 8

WOMEN ARE FROM THE ANEGUNDI VILLAGE, WHERE IT WAS ONCE UNTHINKABLE OF A WOMAN WORKING, AND WALK TO WORKSHOP FACILITY WHICH LIES AT THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE. USING THE FIBERS HAS A NON-INVASIVE IMPACT ON THE THE ENVIRONMENT. SUSTAINABILITY IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY FOCUSES AND ALL PRODUCTS ARE ALL BIODEGRADABLE. ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE CRAFT. STARTED WITH 8 WOMEN HAS GROWN TO 200. THE WOMEN TRAIN INTERESTED WOMEN AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE, NEW TECHNIQUES, DESIGNS. DRIED BANANA SHEATHS, THE OUTER LAYERS OF THE BANANA STEM, WHICH IS DRIED NATURALLY IN THE SUNNY BEFORE BEING MADE INTO ROPE. 

THE WOMEN, AGE 18-60, WORK TOGETHER IN A SOCIAL SETTING COMPLETE WITH LUNCH AND THE REQUISITE TEA BREAKS.  SOME CHOOSE TO WORK FROM HOME ALLOWING THEM TO ALSO TAKE WORK AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES. MONTHLY, THEY EARN TWICE THE AMOUNT AS THEY WOULD WORKING IN OTHER JOBS COMMON IN THEIR AREA.

PROCEEDS FROM SALES HELP SUPPORT LIVELIHOOD INITIATIVES SUCH AS XYZ WHILE ALSO PROVIDING THE WOMEN TO EARN AN INDEPENDENT INCOME.

 

Jute Weavers of Bangladesh

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Location: Bangladesh
Established: 2004 | Group Size: 19

Organized in 2014, Yen Pang Basket Weavers is located in a small rural area outside of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. Women traditionally farm during the year however, many have learned the craft of basket making from their mothers and grandmothers and use this skill to supplement their regular income. Each artisan earns approximately three to four times the average income they would selling their baskets in the local market. Funds are set aside and invested into things that benefit the entire cooperative generating opportunities for the women.

Each weaver is paid in full in advance. Earning a regular and consistent income allows the women to contribute financially to their household and provides a feeling of pride and empowerment. Originally established as a group of 9, the groups success has lead the group to grow to 19 women as they see the possibilities.