Artesan profile: Nokshi Crafts

We are thrilled to share a recent conversation with founder of Nokshi Crafts, Maisha Samiha, about vision for the organization and the sector. 
Background – how it all began The Rana Plaza incident was a horrible tragedy that really put into context the complexities of fast fashion and social responsibility, and personally, it motivated me to find […]

A Conscious Christmas: 5 Gifts for Her

Check out these great finds under $50! 1 Recycled brass ring by Soko 2 Mina shorts by Sudara 3 Handblocked printed toiletry bag by Graymarket Design 4 Khadi woven scarf by Bunosilo 5 Ethically sourced cotton tee by Mayamiko

A Conscious Christmas : 5 Gifts for Kids

Check out these great finds for under $50! 1 Handfelted dog by Mulxiply 2 Recycled cotton/polyester gloves by Green Orchyd 3 Handwoven Ikat jacket by Bunosilo 4 Organic Cotton tee by Public Market Goods 5 Handwoven Ikat dress by Bunosilo

A Conscious Christmas : 5 Gifts for Him

Check out these great finds for under $50! 1 Handmade African Kitenge Bowtie by Angelo Lgitego 2 Hand-felted slippers by Kancha 3 Recycled tire card holder by Global Goods Partners 4 Bamboo socks by Braintree Clothing 5 Organic Crane Print Tee by People Tree

Songa Designs launches new Bohemian Handbag line!

We are excited to share the new Bohemian Handbag collection recently unveiled by our friends at Songa Designs. Offering ‘socially conscious handbags’ for their consumers, the handbags are created using the traditional Rwandan weaving techniques we’ve come to admire from Songa’s accessories and baskets. The current collection includes the Zuri Handbag (meaning “beautiful” in Swahili), […]

Providing a platform for local networks

On 15th October, we had the privilege of hosting the inaugural Fair Play Forum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Convening social businesses, NGOs, artisan producers and fashion students involved in the craft and artisan sector, the Forum provided a platform for each of the stakeholders to engage with each other in meaningful conversation. Leaders from Arayana, DEW, […]

Designer profile: Shefaly, The Carpet Workshop

Last month we featured the Carpet Workshop, a income generating project that trains women on carpet and Kilim weaving. We we were eager to learn more about their designer and supervisor Shefaly and caught up with her recently. I have been working with the Carpet Workshop over the last 12 years and started here in […]

Reflections on product development: developing a recycled sari skirt line

Product development takes place in different way, including suggestions from consumers. Meg Gerbrandt-Weibe,Member of the Board of the Fraser Valley Mennonite Central Committee – Canada, recently shared with us her experience of developing a line of recycled sari skits with Sacred Mark Enterprise. I grew up in a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) family in Manitoba. […]

Artesan Profile: Sacred Mark Enterprise, Bangladesh

Guest blogger Ishrat Jahan Deepa, Unit Manager – Sacred Mark Enterprise Established in March 2009, by the Mennonite Central Committee in Bangladesh (MCCB) Sacred Mark Enterprise provides alternative employment for former sex workers. The stories of these women involve abuse, victimization, trauma, and pain. A widow, an orphan, a rape victim, a mother with no […]

Importance of packaging

As we know, packaging is an important part of the consumer experience. We delight in opening aesthetically pleasing and unique packages, even when we know what’s inside! It is a good way for brands to not only distinguish themselves, but keep them at the forefront of the consumer’s mind. It is an important part of […]