OUR COMMITMENT TO BE SUSTAINABLE
Our commitment to be sustainable:
We work with traditional knowledge of natural materials and self-sustaining communities of interdependent craftspeople to be socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.
All our product lines emerge from the following commitments:
We design handmade home goods and accessories with hand loom weavers, who weave textiles without the use of electricity, relying on their hands, vision and patience.
ABOVE MARKET RATE
We pay our artisan partners an above market rate. In fact, our pricing is based on the rate determined by artisan partners. When you buy a product directly from us (online store or a market), the price you pay is split equally across making, shipping and generating a profit.
VALUE FOR CUSTOMER
Unlike traditional retail that marks up to cover hefty real estate and long supply chain costs, we stay nimble creating value for you and for the weaver. Working directly with the weaver (not buying houses, not contractors, not brokers) and selling directly to you through our online store allows us to keep our costs low, communications clear, and pricing fair.
The Series No of every product lets you trace back its origin - the artisan, craft, materials, region, and how to care for it
Craft paper, Indian postal services postcard, reusable eco market bags, hemp string...oui, c'est tout!
Each craft cluster in India masters a specialty that benefits the local ecosystem in a unique way. Below are examples of limited product lines and the social, environmental, or economical aspect they seek to benefit:
SN7000: DECONSTRUCTED AND RECYCLED TEXTILE WASTE
Working with a small weaving unit in Bangalore that is generously funded by a Dutch not-for-profit, we developed kitchen textiles that were handwoven with deconstructed textile industry waste. This highly skilled group of artisans re-spins fibers extracted from shredded textile industry waste back into new thread. The legendary handloom weavers of India then use this textured thread to produce an incredible array of textiles, aptly named the Land Healer series.
Trace Back SN7000>>
SN6000: ORGANIC BLACK COTTON
We sourced an indigenous fiber, locally called Black Cotton, that is grown without the use of pesticides and is naturally drought-resistant. Not only is this fiber economical for the farmer and better for the local ecosystem, weaving it on a handloom also yields a satisfyingly textured cloth that is heavy on character. Black cotton can be used in may styles of weaves and density producing many looks and feels. We opted for a simple weave that is adorned by the local shepard as a shoulder cloth and made summer blankets.
Trace Back SN6000>>
SN6000: PLANT DYES AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
To retain the ethereal purity of organic black cotton and help continue its journey of positive impact on its local ecosystem, the crafts cluster in Gujarat, India, uses plant dyes. Their traditional knowledge of sourcing, extracting, developing and achieving textile pigmentation with natural materials is as deep as it is vast.
Trace Back SN6000>>
SN6000: CULTURAL EXPRESSION AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
We collaborated with nomadic women in Kachchh, India, to showcase their unique craft deeply rooted in culture and history and to help them generate revenue independent of animal rearing, given the limited local demand for their product or craft. By deploying their traditional methods to sew and embellish textiles, the SN6000 sought to preserve a part of their diminishing craft.
Trace Back SN6000>>
SN1001: GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION
We expose you to crafts found uniquely in specific regions of the world owing to the local raw materials and traditional techniques. Geographical indications are the crown jewel of these regions' continuing heritage crafts.
Trace Back SN1001>>