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We partner with Artisan Businesses run by local entrepreneurs who share our passion for creating opportunity in local communities. India is our largest partner country. Today, in 55 Community Workshops across India, Artisans work to create the stylish accessories our customers love. We specifically seek out Artisan Businesses who focus on providing dignified work to the most vulnerable members of their communities—especially women.
In India, craft is a tradition that has deep roots in local communities. In a spirit of collaboration, our Artisan Partners harness a variety of techniques from all over India. They use recycled glass and metal whenever possible to create styles that are both sustainable and beautiful.
For generations, artisans in the sand-swept region of Rajasthan have practiced the art of leather tanning. Our Artisan Partners work to preserve this unique heritage – and help it evolve. While traditional tanning uses harmful chemicals, our Partners have developed a special tanning process using local plants. The result is a collection of handbags that are both beautifully designed and ethically crafted.
|COUNTRIES & TECHNIQUES|
|Afghanistan||Hand Embroidered Textiles|
|East Asia||Gold Plating|
|Guatemala||Handwoven Textiles, Beadwork|
|Haiti||Upcycled Metal, Hand Cut Leather|
|India||Handmade Metal & Glass, Hand Cut Leather|
|Nepal||Traditional Metalworking, Inlay|
|Peru||Hand Embroidered Textiles, Brass & Sterling Silver|
|Rwanda||Dutch Wax Print Fabric|
|Uganda||Paper Beads, Ethically Sourced Horn|
|Vietnam||Ethically Sourced Water Buffalo Horn, Marble, Metal|