Textile artisanship is a lens through which we see the universal basics that connect us – the need to express our values, find meaning through storied motifs, and create beauty. To this end, we seek out practices that are globally dispersed and found in varying forms in specific local cultures. Each of our supply chain partners are chosen through a set of criteria emphasizing product integrity, community integration, and good business practice. We visit each partner personally and focus on building long term relationships for better market access.
We choose to define artisanship as ‘skill in a craft acquired through generational transfer’, meaning we work mostly with artisans who were taught their skill by their forefathers and grew up around this knowledge. Most of the time these have become small family businesses, and are embedded in a community whose identity, culture and geography revolve around a particular technique and its processes.
In our theory of change, every customer that buys our product is voting for a new system of production that values provenance and artisanship, and every designer that works with us or our artisan partners is a move towards a new, better type of supply chain.