Partnering with artisans to promote their traditional know-how - innovating to protect health and preserve the planet.
We treat people well
We pay our artisans fairly and organize production schedules with respect for their needs and priorities.
We include the women who work with us in the design process, encouraging participation and creativity.
We provide professional training so that our artisans can take ownership over their workloads and book-keeping. We believe creating shared goals is a key to success.
We offer professional development opportunities for women who wish to move from basic plastic cutting to more advanced weaving.
Health is everything. Since 2016 we have provided our artisans with a mutual health program. But, health is also about prevention. That is why we also work constantly to raise awareness on healthcare and hygiene.
Education is empowering. This is why we sponsor a back-to-school program for the women weavers and plastic cutters. At night school, they learn not only to read and to write, but also discover science and how to do math.
We treat the planet well
We don’t pollute. Our batik and cotton dyes are non-toxic, our bogolan dyes are natural. The lining of our bags is made of organic cotton and dyes.
Nothing is thrown away, because there is no ‘away’. Creating handmade products sometimes means there are inconsistencies or imperfections; we never refuse a batik, even if there is a slight variation in color or pattern, we never refuse a dyed bale of cotton that is not exactly what we ordered. We value the personality and originality intrinsic to our products.
We are energy-free, because all of our production is done by hand. Weavers use traditional weaving looms and sewers use traditional sewing machines.