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With a focus on the future of our communities and planet, the 2023 Artisan Sustainability Accelerator is supporting 50 trailblazing social enterprises in the artisan and handcraft sector.

Program participants have a clear sustainability mission or are working towards established sustainability goals—be that through a commitment to creating a more transparent supply chain, through circularity goals to reduce waste, support resource conservation, and reduce their environmental footprint; or, through exploring technology and operational innovation.

During their time in the Artisan Accelerator, they can receive a suite of expert-led learning and development content, targeted capacity-building support, exclusive sourcing and market access opportunities, and access to Nest’s Ethical Handcraft compliance program.

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2023 Artisan Sustainability Accelerator Cohort

Location: Bengal Region

The mission that we have set ourselves with Seven Million Workshop is to participate in the protection, promotion, and organization of textile crafts from West Bengal.

This includes hand weaving (Cotton Khadi, cotton matka, check)and hand embroidery (with aari or needle), printing and block printing, knitting, and crochet.

It is through their involvement in the field, for years, with the artisans that Bapan Dutta and Lucie Bourreau Dutta have gradually built their workshop. They based their work on analysis, reflection, and exchange, which allowed them to make choices. For example, they decided to set up an industrial yarn dyeing system to ensure that the weavers would weave with quality yarns, dyed in compliance with international standards and in accordance with the chosen colors.

We also wanted to keep the weaving process in the villages to promote the development of rural areas and not to break up family structures, and to avoid all intermediaries in order to pay the artisans directly at their fair value. Today the team is made up of more than 130 people for whom all the social protections have been put in place. It is a structure that remains family-sized and in which we know each employee closely.

More recently, for our last three collections, we have explored the possibilities of creation from French know-how by working with various workshops listed as Living Heritage. This was an important step in realizing our initial dream of bringing our two cultures together in a single line.

7MILLION Workshop

Location: India

Adiv Pure Nature is a sustainable fashion brand known for our serenely beautiful natural dye colors, casually elegant lifestyle products, and our environmental ethos.

We design effortless pieces using ethically sourced hand-woven, organic, and natural fabrics. Our products promote a sense of peace and well-being.

Adiv, home of the Temple Dye Project and Temple Blessings textiles, is a female-owned, sustainable, artisanal manufacturer of hand,natural-dye textiles, apparel, and lifestyle products. Founded by Rupa Trivedi as a social enterprise a decade ago. Our mission is to promote the use of non-toxic, natural dyes on textiles to create sustainable, environmentally friendly fashion and lifestyle products that are as beautiful as they are ethical.

We work only with natural textiles, including organic and/or handwoven fabrics woven by rural artisans in India. We constantly endeavor to reduce the carbon footprint throughout the entire value chain of production. Located in North Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, this urban artisanal enterprise is an unexpected haven of beauty within a bustling industrial enclave

Adiv Pure Nature

Location: Afghanistan

ARTIJAAN is a curator of ethical crafts.

We explore developing countries to connect traditional makers, creatives, and conscious buyers via our online marketplace and through our distributor’s network.

We create meaningful objects and share artisans’ stories to offer sustainable livelihoods.


Location: Azerbaijan

When women participate in public life, they can help to create more open and inclusive societies. Our mission is to involve more women in public life in rural areas of Azerbaijan.


Location: Kenya

To create and develop contemporary ethnic jewelry that satisfies the consumer’s desire for value, quality, and fashion, whilst taking care of our environment and creating opportunities for marginalized communities

Bawa Hope

Location: Montreal, Canada & Colombia

I was born in Bogota, Colombia. I lived in Paris for about ten years before settling with my family in Montreal ten years ago. These cities, my family, my friends, my travels, and my encounters have strongly influenced my style.

I founded Bogui in 2014, born from my desire to promote the positive image of my country and the work of its talented and creative people. My goal is to create a range of beautiful, simple, and modern objects handcrafted by creative Colombian talents with natural materials.


Location: Cambodia

Cambodia Knits believes that given economic opportunities, a woman will invest her income into the health, education, and future of her family, raising herself and her family out of inter-generational poverty. Supporting a woman to have economic earning opportunities, also means supporting her family and ultimately her community. Many women in Cambodia face constraints in finding and keeping paid employment that they can balance with their household duties. We challenge the constraints women face to provide fair, flexible economic opportunities and support them to challenge those constraints. Given such opportunities and support, women have a better chance for a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Cambodia Knits

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dance Happy is a screen printed textile brand whose mission is to empower others and celebrate differences. The founders believe that while strengths and abilities may vary, everyone deserves the opportunity to have a meaningful career and fulfilling life. This disability-founded and women-owned company is out to prove that social impact and high-quality, sustainability-crafted products can go hand-in-hand. From totes and bins to planters and pouches, every item at Dance Happy is made by hand and with a whole lot of love. With a focus on refined playfulness, Dance Happy’s patterns have an organic and delightful nature to them—and their unique products speak volumes to the partnership behind them

Dance Happy Designs

Location: Malaysia

Earth Heir’s story began with a desire to create thoughtfully designed, contemporary heritage pieces which empower artisans from marginalized communities, refugees, and the differently abled. Each Earth Heir piece exemplifies workmanship with the distinctive impression of human hands with personal and cultural narratives. Earth Heir works with disappearing heritage art forms and advocates fair trade principles, sustainability, and ethical partnerships. As part of its social and ecological mission, Earth Heir focuses on the sustainability of its products and supply chain.

Earth Heir won the British Council and Arthur Guinness Projects SocialEnterprise Award 2015 and Sasibai was one of Wharton’s “40 under 40” award winners in 2015 and an Eisenhower Fellow in the 2015 Women’sLeadership Program. She was chosen as an Asia21 Young Leader 2017 by the Asia Society, a Vital Voices Fellow in 2019, awarded by the national foreign Trade Council Foundation for “Trade Leadership for the Digital Age”in 2020, and the Tatler Hero Award in 2020

Earth Heir

Location: Maharashtra, India

EcoKaari is solving an ever-growing problem yet often ignored: Single-use waste plastic bags and multi-layered plastics (MLPs); resolving waste management, especially of non-biodegradable and difficult-to-recycle waste plastic. 9.4 million tonnes of plastic are generated annually in India, and 100 million marine animals die globally. We upcycle single-use waste plastic bags, grocery bags, MLPs such as chips, biscuits, pulses, and other household plastic packets, glittery gift wrappers, old audio/video cassette tapes, and e-commerce plastics. We also, through our initiative, enable livelihoods and encourage women and youth from less privileged backgrounds to learn and acquire new skills, empowering themselves and becoming self-reliant to support themselves, their families, and their education.

EcoKaari Private Limited

Location: Maharashtra, India

EkiBeki is a hybrid social enterprise that works to preserve the rich craft heritage of India and promote traditional arts and crafts in contemporary forms. Our products are hand crafted by talented artisans living in small remote villages of India and are made from eco-friendly materials, perfect for helping create a sustainable future.


Location: Colombia

Finatur Design is a team of professionals building social fabric to combat situations of vulnerability of the less favored population in Colombia. We seek to generate a positive impact promoting the development of people dignifying their work through the construction of inclusive, supportive and sustainable social projects

Finatur Design

Location: Tunisia

Fouta Harissa is a women-owned e-commerce brand that designs unique-to-Tunisia handwoven textiles. Our mission is to create beautiful and sustainable handmade textiles that preserve traditional artisanship in Tunisia and offer our customers original and versatile pieces for the beach, travel, and home.

Fouta Harissa

Location: Philippines

Located in the northern part of Negros island, Philippines, Hacienda Santa Rosalia is a sugarcane plantation that is home to around 200 families with members mainly employed in the agriculture venture. It is the site of a heritage plantation home and the Chapel of the Cartwheels, a cultural landmark. At first glance, life here is as it was for centuries, slow with the surroundings, only changing in appearance depending on the season. With a closer look; however, one starts to appreciate the delicate home-work-life balance in the 21st century.

In 1994, Hacienda Crafts was established to augment the incomes of the farm community by providing opportunities from creating products utilizing natural materials. This was in response to the social and economic issues in Negros Island due to the Philippine sugar industry crisis of the 1980s. What the land and economies of scale could no longer provide, entrepreneurs emerged to fill the gaps.

Ninety percent of the artisans are women who work from home and are able to go about their lives while earning an additional income for their families at the same time. Fromtheinitialgroup, Hacienda Crafts has expanded its supply chain to other artisan individuals &groups all over the Philippines.

Hacienda Crafts

Location: Haiti

Haiti Design Co is a non-profit artisan collective based in Port au Prince, Haiti. We believe sustainable job creation has a ripple effect within communities for generations to come. We work within artisan communities to provide capacity building, access to markets, and share the beauty and talent of Haiti with the world.

Haiti Design Co.

Location: Houston, Texas

Let’s harken back. Back to when craft was queen and the only limit was your imagination. To when art and life were one. To when we were together in heart and spirit. And let’s bring it forward, together.

This project started in Lima,Peru, back in 2015 when we saw a need from craft loving brands to reliably and responsibly produce their designs at scale. The more we were able to master quality at greater volume, the more our clients grew (and grew). In 2021, we established Harkened in the US to extend our sourcing, importing and communications abilities.


Location: Peru

HJK aims to create extra special hand-crafted products that bring work to, and improve the lives of, local women and artisans, using materials that are 100% biodegradable and processes that are naturally zero-waste.


Location: Kenya

JIAMINI KENYA’s Vision is“Art with a passion for self-expression and identity inspired by African pride and design.” The Mission is to provide lasting moments of personal confidence, pride, joy, and self-worth augmented by our exclusive accessories and timeless collectible homeware pieces.”

‘Jiamini’ is the Swahili word for “Believe in yourself.”


Location: Bangladesh

Khushi Kantha creates one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose baby blankets with a vibrant ‘standout’ factor.

Hand-stitched from ethically-sourced cotton by mothers in Bangladesh, each one comes with a unique story attached.

As practical as they are pretty, a Khushi Kantha makes the perfect gift. They can tick just about every box on a parent’s daily to-do list.

Khushi Kantha

Location: Afghanistan

LAWANG’s mission it to empower Aghgan women through capacity-building programs, create jobs and improve the productivity of handmade products in the clothing industry.

LAWANG’s vision is to ensure the Afghan traditions of clothing and fashion are alive and that this rich culture reaches to the rest of the world.

Lawang Clothing Design Company

Location: Indonesia

Liberty Society is a social enterprise of eco-friendly & impactful B2B merchandise & hampers that empower marginalized women. We help you appreciate and value your team, supporters, or clients with curated personalized goods & gifts that are loving to people and the planet. We partner with you to elevate your merchandising, gifting, and social initiatives to meet the SDGs.

Liberty Society

Location: Houston, Texas

Magpies & Peacocks, Inc. is America’s only 501(c)3 non-profit design house dedicated to the collection and sustainable reuse of post-consumer clothing, scrap textiles, and accessories diverted from landfill – in order to disrupt the cycle of waste in the fashion industry and mitigate its enormous environmental and social impact. We work with an in-house team of designers, makers, and artists to create unique up-cycled products, offer skill-building and sustainability education, and incubate circular fashion innovation. Our model rests on four pillars: Collaborate, Create, Educate, and Invest.

Magpies & Peacocks

Location: Uganda

Lesli Robertson launched Mekeka Designs in 2018 in an effort to focus on the beauty of handcrafted legacy textiles from Uganda. The story of how this textile studio came about began in 2005, when Lesli began co-leading numerous research and education projects with Ugandan colleagues focused on traditional craft practices.

When Lesli decided to step away from higher education to launch Mekeka Designs, she once again began working with Fred Mutebi along with cultural experts Josephine Mukasa and Pamela Kyagera. With a long list of accolades and experience in the artisan sector, Josephine and Pamela are deeply rooted in the knowledge of materials, techniques, and makers throughout Uganda. Through their expertise and Lesli’s textile background, they have been working alongside individuals, weaving studios, and co-operatives throughout Uganda to collectively merge their knowledge of material, technique, and design into new approaches to traditional craft practices.

Mekeka Designs

Location: Peru

The team behind Mia Peru works tirelessly to satisfy the needs our their customers. They are businesses that appreciate pure fibers, understand the value of“handmade,” and are looking for high-quality, ecologically-friendly products that do not harm the environment. Our entire production process is based on these values, as well as the aim of promoting social inclusion.

Mia Peru

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Founded by high school Senior Gemma Levy in 2020, Moio is a Brooklyn-based jewelry brand and social enterprise that promotes Shona artistry and globalizes the markets of traditional artisan groups in Zimbabwe, empowering local communities to achieve financial independence and sustainable prosperity.

Descended from generations of Zimbabweans, Gemma created Moio with aspirations to support both established artisan networks and local Zimbabwean women. Moio trains women who have faced rape, gender discrimination, abuse, and poverty to become proficient beaders, gaining the entrepreneurial and vocational skills to change their circumstances, and breaking cycles of poverty and discrimination.

Each hand-crafted bracelet helps pave a path towards economic stability for Zimbabwean craftspeople, whilst celebrating the country’s vibrant heritage, putting a modern spin on Zimbabwe’s rich artistic traditions. 


Location: New York, New York

Nashira Arnó Studio redefines classic jewelry with modern versatility. Based in New York City, our Latinx-founded studio merges heritage craftsmanship with contemporary ingenuity, resulting in unique jewelry pieces that tell stories. Inspired by timeless traditions and our innate connection to nature, our designs combine organic elements with sculptural forms, embodying both timelessness and versatility. The result is a harmonious blend of refined simplicity, meticulous craftsmanship, and effortless sophistication that transcends trends. Grounded in the belief that jewelry should mirror the wearer’s dynamic essence, each piece invites individuals to create personal narratives through their adornments. The ambition is to encourage a moment of pause, embracing the profound act of authentic self-expression through jewelry.

Nashira Arnó Studio was founded by Dominican designer Nashira Arnó.

Nashira Arno Studio

Location: Peru

Established in 2008, Niko International is dedicated to promoting and trading the finest textiles from Peru, with a particular focus on hand-knitted products made from the highest quality materials.

Our range includes cotton, organic cotton, pima cotton, tangui cotton, alpaca wool, and baby alpaca wool, carefully selected to ensure exceptional softness, durability, and sustainability. To bring our customers the best of Peruvian craftsmanship, we collaborate with skilled artisans from diverse regions of the country, including Cuzco, Ayacucho, and Huancavelica.

Niko International

Location: Kenya

We turn flip-flops into art and functional products and in turn raise visual awareness of the problem at hand. By creating these sculptures, we are creating employment for a country that has over 40% unemployment rate but we are also sending a message about how we can help our planet, our oceans and people, through creating beautiful art that portray an important message about the state of our oceans.

Our business is all about the community. We support men, women, youth (18 to 35), fisherman and other entrepreneurs that are all part of our eco-system. Whether picking up flip-flops that we pay for or using our waste for up-cycled products such as mattresses, our community engagement has been strong and is at the core of our business and hearts.

Ocean Sole

Location: Denmark

Founded by high school friends Suzan Yavuz & Mathilde Høm in 2021, Osterland is a Danish company working to preserve craftsmanship and create economic opportunities in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Made by local and refugee artisans in Afghanistan, Turkey, and Egypt, Osterland is on a mission to change one-sided narratives in the Middle East and Central Asia. Through craftsmanship and storytelling, we aim to add life to a region that is often portrayed as conflictual and inherently political.

Today, thousands of artisans, craftsmen, and refugees are in need of employment in the Middle East and Central Asia, and by buying directly from the makers and partnering with NGOs and social enterprises in the region, we are committed to creating better employment opportunities in the region. So, in terms of SDGs, we want to do our part in eradicating poverty and creating decent work opportunities through partnerships with artisans, businesses, and NGOs.


Location: India

OMSutra is a fashion, wellness, and home decor brand born with a desire to preserve the beauty of deeply rooted rich craft traditions of India by empowering the women groups and artisan communities who uphold these traditions while generating a positive socio-economic and environmental impact. We allocate a large percentage of our proceeds and provide a platform for marginalized communities to support their livelihoods and artistic passions. We desire to foster an environment that prevents exploitation, lifts communities out of poverty, and creates an enormous impact on the standard of living of working-class communities.

By helping our artisans, we value the humanity of the handmade, honor timeless traditions, and embrace, the vision of a dignified livelihood. We know that together, each of us can help make a difference, and try to bring peace, to make the world a better place.Join us in embracing the vision of a dignified livelihood for all.

Shop sustainable and consciously crafted products to support our mission and experience the beauty of handcrafted products that make a difference in the world.


Location: Austin, Texas

Open Arms Studio is a textile manufacturer offering advanced sewing training and fair-wage employment for refugees, asylees, and immigrants in Austin, Texas.

A woman-led studio offers leadership opportunities for women, cultural competency around diverse women’s issues, and a supportive work environment.

Seamstresses are highly-skilled, often having decades of experience sewing for their families before being professionally trained on industrial machines.

We use sustainable practices and support several partners with zero-waste initiatives, including upcycling and natural dye.

Open Arms Studio

Location: Mexico

The Patricia Govea collection works with 300 skilled artisans from 12 different communities from Mexico, of which 98% are women.

Our mission is to provide sustainable and consistent employment that allows the women of the Wixárika community to participate in the creation of economies of scale. We are honored to collaborate with amazing women and help alleviate poverty, all while promoting and preserving their cultural heritage.

Our collection pays fair wages, funds female education and promotes health and wellbeing for the women.

We aim to bring awareness to the people behind our collection, the stories behind the stitch, and how we generate social impact that benefits their community.

Patricia Govea Collection

Location: India

Resham Dor was born out of our passion to promote and value the rich traditions and heritage of crafts in India. It started as an initiative to create awareness about the rich exotic crafts of India! Little did we know that this passion would lead our founder, to leave her corporate job and plunge into entrepreneurship!

This initiative has now evolved into a purpose-driven brand that focuses on the revival of dying craft clusters across India with the aim to connect consumers and global businesses to the rare crafts of India that empowers artisans and inspires sustainable living.

The future for Resham Dor is shaping, fueled by our desire to revive dying handloom and craft clusters across India. For us, revival is not focused only on the product but manifested in preserving the heritage and cultural identity of the community.

We are excited to be a part of the growing community of young brands and consumers moving towards conscious living, with the belief that we can make a difference through our mindful practices and the way we consume and make our world a better place for future generations!

Resham Dor

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Rosemarine Textiles is a sustainable textile studio based in Detroit, Michigan, created by Meghan Navoy.

We make home goods and accessories using the rich, complex colors of plant-based dyes. Each piece is made by hand in our Detroit studio using processes that take many days to achieve the perfect color.

I am passionate about creating beautiful textile pieces in a way that respects both people and the planet. I gained much of my textile background at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City where I earned a BS in Textile Development. There, I co-founded the FIT rooftop natural dye garden and began exploring my love of sustainable production and botanical color.

I continue learning and experimenting every day, using textiles as a way to express the natural world through our collection.

Rosemarine Textiles

Location: Guatemala

Guatemala is a country with more than 15 million citizens of which almost 60% are indigenous people who live in rural areas with poor access to education, clean water, food, medicines, or job opportunities. A time-changing generation is pursuing a better life for their children, so they work harder to earn more and give better opportunities to their kids.

But Guatemala’s reality is tough: In the rural areas, you get to know many single moms and entire families who can’t send their kids to school due to the lack of means to do so.

Setesïk was born as a development project for these women to work with the pine leaf in order to produce high-quality products and be able to commercialize them at the right price.



Location: India

Sirohi is a sustainable luxury brand that advocates a slow and simple lifestyle based on the values of Indian heritage and culture. Our home & lifestyle products are handwoven by skilled women artisans with an aim to bring the beauty of the outdoors, indoors.

Sirohi Furnitures Private Limited

Location: New Delhi, India

Sonica Sarna works at the intersection of fashion design and socio-environmental activism. Her work spans respectful artisan partnerships to revive regenerative textile practices and a zero-waste design philosophy using organic materials. Her design approach is rooted in the core belief that the creation of beauty goes hand in hand with human integrity and environmental conservation. Her limited edition capsule collections are an experiment in ethical design and responsible consumption and she offers up her research and findings in the form of masterclasses that elevate the clothing to an experience of art and connection.

Over the last two decades, we have developed one of the most effective and transparent sustainable production houses in India, making ethical sourcing easy and effective for our partner brands. If you are a brand or designer looking to have a far-reaching, socio-economic impact, partner with us to have access to our 30+ sustainable textile mill network pan India and 40+ artisan community partners. Project Thrive, our in-house certified factory production and our sewing center for at-risk women from the slums of New Delhi, ensures that your products are not just of the highest quality but also ethical and sustainable.

We are proud to have pioneered a sustainability eco-system of brands, consumers, designers, and artisans to help make fashion a force for good.

Sonica Sarna Design

Location: Uganda

Sseko Designs started under a mango tree in Uganda with the purpose of creating educational opportunities for academically gifted female scholars. To date, Sseko has created opportunities for hundreds of female scholars to continue on to University and become leaders in their community and our world.

Sseko Designs Limited

Location: Pune, India

Studio Coppre is a Pune-based social venture working to revive the heritage crafts of India. Studio Coppre was founded in 2014 by an all-women founding team of Rashmi Ranade, Chhanda Bihari, Sudakshina Sinha Banerjee, and Seemantini Mihir.

Studio Coppre impacts around 250 artisans in various clusters in India bringing highly skilled artisans into the economic mainstream. The organization also promotes a culture-based development model that focuses on heritage and craft preservation.

The venture aims to be sustainable, with a focus on product development, exploring new target markets, increasing artisanal footprint, and working with more craft forms to increase their reach and impact. It has been instrumental in reviving the copper craft of Maharashtra (Western India) and aims to be a model for sustainable craft-based ventures.

Studio Coppre

Location: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Based out of Bloomfield Hills in Michigan, Studio Variously pursues sustainable design goals by ethically sourcing the highest qualities of pure natural yarns, plant-based & eco-friendly dyes and combining these with ancient artisanal techniques of weaving & dyeing.

We design our editions in textiles for products like throws, blankets, bedspreads, rugs, pillows, table linen, and luxurious timeless scarves under our in-house trademarked brand Variously. Variously is an award-winning lifestyle brand that explores modern design elements that are functional & minimalistic in nature.

Studio Variously

Location: Indonesia

The ugly truth is that only 2% of women who make your clothes earn a livable wage. The problem? We just don’t know.

As the first certified B Corporation voted Best for the World in Indonesia, 100% of our products created by SukkhaCitta are made to raise wage standards, from start to finish. Putting women back in the driver’s seat to change their own lives. Not through aid, but fair work.

This way, they can breathe new life into their rich traditions and continue their crafts with pride. With every purchase, you invest in the creation of fair work and infrastructure that alleviate poverty for mothers in rural areas.


Location: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Taller Maya is a collective Mexican design brand made of a creative multidisciplinary team that collaborates with artisan social enterprises established in the Yucatan Peninsula to promote the development of their communities.

Taller Maya was born in 2002 as a response to the initiative to recover traditional techniques of Mayan culture through a training program led by Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya (FHMM)that resulted in community self-management and business management projects. Taller Maya guarantees a fair business and work model according to the WFTO certification.

Its purpose is to generate a source of sustainable income for the Mayan rural communities of the Yucatan Peninsula through the creation and commercialization of artisanal pieces.

Today TM collaborates with 42 micro-enterprises in 32 communities in the Yucatan Peninsula. The communities work with artisanal techniques such as hammock weaving, jipijapa weaving, sansevieria weaving, sewn henequen, pedal loom, backstrap loom, stone carving, horn carving wood carving, filigree, cross stitch embroidery, and machine embroidery. They preserve the invaluable knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Taller Maya

Location: Australia

TANORA, meaning ‘Youth’ in Madagascan, is an Australian brand of refined, beach-inspired eco-friendly raffia accessories and homewares. The label’s vision emerged during a road trip down Victoria’s Great Ocean Road in 2014 where Manon and Will reimagined the handicrafts of their mother country and family raffia workshops in products suited to the beach-loving Australian lifestyle.

TANORA is the celebration of Madagascan ancestral artistry with an Australian modern aesthetic and sustainable conscience.

TANORA commits to ensuring that artisans in the workshops are well-respected, fairly paid, and over 18. We actively encourage fair trade work conditions and visit our ateliers multiple times throughout the year to ensure safe and pleasant working environments.

The weaving and crocheting of raffia are part of the traditional Madagascan handicraft culture. These ancestral techniques utilizing traditional looms have become increasingly rare in the face of globalization, as it has become cheaper to outsource and mass-produce products through modern machinery. An integral part of our mission is to maintain the human side and artistry of a craft native to Madagascar.


Location: Brazil

terra means soil or earth in Brazilian Portuguese. All things in nature originate from and return to it. The unique essence each of us is born with – our terrain – is either nourished or depleted. Nourishing it means caring for our body, mind, and spirit.

terrain was founded to promote the importance of self-care and connection with nature as a whole – within and around us. Our products provide real skin nourishment using ingredients from earth, inspired by the raw beauty of Brazil’s rainforest and culture

Terrain Brazilian Botanicals

Location: Zambia

We are on a mission to design a community in which the wildlife and people of Zambia thrive and live in prosperous harmony. Providing employment and a source of income to people in a region where wildlife roams the land and jobs are scarce decreases the risk of poaching and deforestation. People living off the land are more likely to lay snares or cut down trees than those with a steady stream of income who are able to pay for basic necessities and put food on the table for their families.

Each of our employees receives a fair monthly wage, annual paid leave, sick pay, bereavement pay, housing allowance, travel allowance, and benefits that extend beyond their contract. Building on a culture of health and wellness, our employees receive a nutritious breakfast and fresh lunch prepared daily just for them.

We believe in the importance of access to healthcare. We provide our employees with free HIV screening. If an employee tests positive for HIV, we fund their regular follow-up visits. This allows all employees the ability to care for their health and continue working when they otherwise would not be able to.

Research shows that women are more likely to invest their earrings in education and household needs. So, we have made it our mission to employ more women. By challenging gender norms in an area where women typically stay at home, over one-third of our employees are female.

Most of our employees have been with Tribal Textiles for more than a decade. We believe in the importance of providing employees with opportunities for career development through skills training, promotions, and leadership opportunities.

Tribal Textiles

Location: Peru

VAEVEN, meaning the loom in Danish, is a design company dedicated to creating considered objects focused on materiality and craftsmanship.

Our design process is organic and product driven; our ongoing engagement with various handworking techniques results in periodic releases of ethically made, small-scale editions.

VAEVEN’s first edition explores Folk Weaving, specifically celebrating the resurgence of the classic American overshot coverlet. Inspired by her grandmother’s collection of antique blankets, the founder, Laura Chambers, set out to revitalize their legacy. The result is a collection of 100% baby alpaca coverlets and cushions, expertly hand woven in the Andes of Peru.


Location: Mountaindale, New York

Nicole Helen Brunner is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Mountaindale, NY. Initially trained as a painter Nicole’s artistic interests have evolved over time and she has found a deep passion for pottery and mixed media.

With a unique perspective when it comes to pottery, Nicole considers functional objects such as mugs as a form of fine art. To her, a mug is not just a functional item for drinking, but also a medium for customers to own and interact with an art piece, which is often discouraged in the traditional art world. Nicole believes that by creating handmade objects, she can bring art into people’s daily lives and inspire them to think more deeply about the objects they use.

Nicole’s studio is powered by solar energy and rainwater, making it an environmentally sustainable workspace. She utilizes solar panels to generate electricity and rainwater harvesting systems to collect and store rainwater for use in the studio. This not only reduces the studio’s carbon footprint, but it also serves as a reminder of the importance of sustainable living and the impact of human consumption on the environment. This approach is coherent with her art works and message about the environment and sustainability.

Wild Bower Studio

Wilsafrales Enterprises

Location: Bolivia

Yanawara partners with artisans and entrepreneurs in the Bolivian artisan industry. The majority of these artisans are women, working from home or in small workshops. Many have been working in the artisan industry for generations or joined it as a means to be independent and support their families with dignity.

We are deeply committed to honoring their traditions and sustainable practices, starting with “mutual breeding”, an ancestral, harm-free process that involves mutual care, love, and respect for animals, people, and the environment.

The alpaca wool used in our timeless designs is locally and sustainably sourced. In addition to being deeply linked to Bolivia’s culture, it is also a fine fiber that is both warm and lightweight, incredibly soft and hypoallergenic.

Our artisans use traditional spinning techniques and non-dyed colors, where the richness of the fibers’ natural colors can be fully appreciated, and natural dyes are made with local plants. The weaving process is also carried out with great expertise and care, which is why each of our products is of the highest quality. We use flat domestic knitting machines; pedal looms and some pieces are all handmade.

We develop close relationships with each of our artisan partners. This allows us to collaborate together through the design, planning, and production process. We also visit their workshops to guarantee that the manufacturing process is as ethical as possible. This also enables us to be transparent and provide real costs to our partners, clients, and all parties involved.


Location: Bolivia

Our love for natural materials, passion for design and high-quality craftsmanship is combined to make our 100% baby alpaca sweaters and accessories.

Our pieces are designed in New York where Bernarda Pelaez our creative director is based  but all of our production and much of our inspiration comes from her native Bolivia.

We believe that the origin of our products, sustainable production and environmental impact are of equal importance to the aesthetics of the garments and that the combination of these elements is what makes our products special.

At YAPA, we value the expertise of our Bolivian artisans, whose skills are passed down from generation to generation with a true desire to keep ancient traditions alive and support local production and fair wages.