Meet the Artisans: Fair-Trade Bazaar 2017
FAIR-TRADE BAZAAR AT THE DE YOUNG
Piazzoni Murals Room - Free event admission
FRIDAY | JULY 21 | 9:30 AM–8:30 PM
SATURDAY | JULY 22 | 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
A world of art awaits you at the Seventh Annual Fair-Trade Bazaar showcasing products from global artisans. Shop for unique items including jewelry, textiles, native handcrafts, and decorative accessories reflecting many of the cultures represented in the museum's collections.
This year we've invited past years' favorite artisans and a crop of fresh faces to debut their 2017 collections at the de Young. Read about this wonderfully diverse group of artisans from all over the world for this years' seventh annual Fair-Trade Bazaar at the de Young. Members receive a 10% discount. Free event admission, located in the Piazzoni Murals Room on Friday July 21 and Saturday July 22.
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Lumily Fair Trade – Guatemalan Textiles and Jewelry
Lumily was originally founded by Giovanna Mantilla in 2008. It began while she was traveling through Central and South America after leaving the corporate life behind. She was walking down an alley in a small town called Panajachel, which is on the shores of the majestic Lake Atitlan in the highland region of Guatemala. She came upon a woman making the most beautiful beaded belts with an old wooden loom in a room not much bigger than a bedroom closet. Her name was Rosita and an idea was born.
Since then, Lumily has grown to partner with over 150 artisans in three (3) countries and now carries more than 800 products. However, the purpose remains the same: to provide economic opportunities in poor and destitute areas while at the same time preserving cultural traditions and craft making techniques that have been passed on for generations.
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Sidai Designs – Tanzania Jewelry
Eszter Rabin the founder of Sidai Designs is a graphic designer by trade, who spent nearly 15 years in advertising and later ran her own artisan business. Since 2009, she has worked with artisan groups all over the world, providing strategies and tools for branding, product and business development. Emanuel Melubo Laizer a Maasai warrior from the NCA was an integral part of establishing Sidai Designs in Tanzania. As a member of the community he was uniquely placed to connect Sidai Designs to Maasai women who were interested in using their traditional beading skills to generate an income. His understanding of the Maasai culture is an invaluable asset linking the artisans and the production activity of Sidai Designs. In 2009, Eszter and Emanuel met and soon discovered their mutual interest in helping under-served communities. The sharing of ideas and many visits to Maasai communities eventually lead to the creation of Sidai Designs.
Sidai Designs collaborates with Maasai women to produce and market unique, hand-made, high-end beaded jewelry using traditional techniques. By bringing these products to international markets, they drive the demand that preserves the beading traditions and helps to economically sustain the women and their families.
Shupaca – Peruvian Textiles
Shupaca is the brainchild of husband and wife tandem, Andrew and Lori Schuster. Travelling off-the beaten track in Ecuador brought about an unexpected immersion to the vibrant socio-cultural heritage of South America, and the discovery of an extraordinary fabric called, Alpaca.
Forming a brand that combines their environment-conscious minds and their dedication to fair trade and responsible business practices, Shupaca combines the couple’s surname and their esteemed product of choice, Alpaca fur.
Upholding this ancient tradition in fashion while injecting creative contemporary details, Shupaca works with South American artisans and their families to ensure products that exude indigenous quality while remaining fashionably relevant to the here and now. All products are hand woven on wood looms using the same methods that have been practiced for hundreds of years. Shupaca presents a full catalog of solid and printed scarves, shawls, blankets, hats gloves and other accessories that promise to revamp and complete daily wardrobes, regardless of the season or climate.
Marquet – Vietnamese and Thai Textiles and Jewelry
Marquet is dedicated to importing handmade accessories, gifts, and decor from Thailand and Vietnam. They travel around the world to meet craftsmen and women to find new and exciting products. Their goal is to empower artisans and entrepreneurs in developing countries by expanding their potential to reach a larger audience.
Marquet has personally met all of their artisans. This personal connection allows Marquet to grow their business based on mutual trust and respect. As they develop deeper relationships with their artisans, they advise them on everything from products and styles to long-term hiring and growth plans.
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Lesia Pona – Ukrainian Textiles and Accessories
Lesia Pona was born in the city of Lviv in Western Ukraine. She received her first lessons in traditional embroidery from her mother at young age. She attended youth art school and later continued her education at the Institute of Applied Arts in Lviv, where she learned weaving techniques and silk painting. She later worked as a carpet and Gobelin tapestry maker.
In the early 1990s, she met with a famous folk embroiderer who was a member of the League of Ukrainian Folk Art Masters. She introduced Pona to the world of “Whitework” embroidery – made with white yarn on white fabric. Her mentor taught her many traditional techniques—some of which are all but forgotten today, and embroidery became Pona’s preferred medium.
Lesia lives in Kolomyia, Ukraine—the gateway to the Carpathian Mountains and the Hutsul ethnic region.
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Moche Lifestyle – Mexican Textiles and Accessories
Moche Lifestyle is a brand showcasing a line of handmade, honestly-sourced, clothing and accessories. Moche Lifestyle is a social enterprise with ethical trading at its core. Their goals are to build long-standing, sustainable relationships worldwide. They partner with non–governmental organizations (NGOs) who are working one-on-one with women in the country of origin and who are diligent in upholding standards to protect and cultivate independent entrepreneurial skills.
Through educational awareness and communication, Moche Lifestyle is able to help support the growth of NGO training programs through business mentoring techniques and design. At the completion of the training programs, the women artisans will have developed a marketable skill to find employment or become independent entrepreneurs themselves. Those independent entrepreneurs who exhibit a desire to learn more and have a love of their craft are invited to work with Moche Lifestyle to create beautiful knits for our collections.
In Peru alone, over 400 women have been trained. As a result of our success, this group of Peruvian women, mostly mothers, have been given a "socially responsible grant" from an independent Peruvian company to further their training. The handful of women that began with them six years ago are now their core trainers. They go into surrounding barrios and provide free training to other women in the creation of textile arts. Today Moche Lifestyle works directly with 60-145 women depending on the season.
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Luz Collection – Mexican Textiles and Accessories
LUZ was born from wanderlust and a passion for exploring and seeking out high quality craftsmanship. LUZ Collection is a constantly evolving cache of handmade treasures from Mexico, each carefully chosen for their beauty and craftsmanship. LUZ's collection includes some accessories and textiles designed by Chantale De Breceda and others that are imported as found. De Breceda has been working directly with craftspeople in the states of Jalisco, Chiapas and Oaxaca since 2013, to put together a collection of products that represents some of the finest quality crafts to be found there.
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All Across Africa – African Baskets
All Across Africa (AAA) is a Benefit Corporation that brings the best of business practices through market development, training, and teaching to producers in Africa; most important, AAA connects these producers to the company's developed external markets.
All Across Africa's business model reaches deep into rural villages in the developing world and provides training and fair wage jobs that restore dignity and promote self-sufficiency - they see it as the way forward for sustainable development in Africa. It's the best of business and the best of the non-profit world, its social business.
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Paz Collective – Mexican and Indian Jewelry
Based in fashion-forward New York City, PAZ COLLECTIVE's founder and president, Judy Ganeles, is an aficionada of El Mundo Mexicano. After many years dealing in Mexican art and collectibles, she focused her attention on developing an international appreciation for the modern jewelry designs from Taxco, Mexico; the silver capital of the world.
After being inspired by a trip to India and craving some razzle-dazzle, PAZ established jewelry workshops in Jaipur, India in 2011. This new collection of handmade sterling silver and 18kt gold plated jewelry features a colorful array of semi-precious gemstones and adds a fresh look to PAZ COLLECTIVE's sterling repertoire. PAZ COLLECTIVE has established relationships with its accounts for many years - attesting to the quality of their designs and superior customer service.
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Tuareg Jewelry – Jewelry from Niger
Elhadji Mohamed Koumama is a member of the Tuareg nomadic group in Niger and was born into the tradition of making fine silver jewelry, passed down from his father. The Koumama family of Niger has been making jewelry for more than 25 generations. They are famous for their high quality hand crafted jewelry - using 99.99% pure fine silver, ebony and semi precious stones.
The traditionally nomadic Tuareg are indigenous to the Sahara desert. They are often called “the Blue People of the desert” due to the indigo dye they use on their garments that stains their skin. The Koumama family collective lives in both Agadez and Niamey, Niger. Over 50 silversmiths present their artistry for Tuareg Jewelry. Each piece is hand hammered, beautifully engraved with the symbolism and motifs of countless generations. Over 200 people are supported by the sale of this jewelry.
GlobeIN – Mexican and Tunisian Accessories
GlobeIN is dedicated to supporting artisans from around the world and in developing countries where, after agriculture, artisan goods are the second largest source of employment. Through their delightful, useful and vibrant goods, they offer customers the means to feel well-traveled and culturally experienced. For their artisans in the developing world, they give their businesses global reach as they connect them with customers to share their extraordinary creations and inspiring stories. By supporting GlobeIN, you help reduce poverty by giving these artisans and their communities a global audience.
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Kakaw Designs – Guatemalan Apparel and Accessories
When Maru Gray, founder of Kakaw Designs, moved to Guatemala as a teacher, she started designing boots for fun for herself. As this passion grew, she looked around and saw boots using traditional textiles, and while this was exciting she also found them lacking in contemporary design and especially in ethical standards. Frustrated with businesses making empty claims of "empowering" women or artisans in general, she saw there was room for her in the market to produce ethically hand-made boots and bags. In discovering this, she was excited to begin working with local artisans, especially weavers, to support their dying tradition. Mari knew from the beginning that she wanted Kakaw Designs to be a social enterprise, with the goal of directly supporting women by paying well for their work, and encouraging creativity in innovative textile designs.
Kakaw Designs has been up and running since 2013, and it has been a learning experience for Mari every step of the way. She says of her business, "I love working with artisans, and I love that we are raising awareness and appreciation for handmade goods on the consumer side of things. Don't be fooled: this is not a "do-good" charity project. We create beautiful things ethically, paying attention to the artisans and being gentle with our environment".
Soko – South African Jewelry
Soko is pioneering Ethical Fast Fashion, aligning handmade talent from emerging markets with the international fashion consumer. They work with artisan entrepreneurs every day to build their businesses, improve production capacity, and sustainably increase income. Soko believes that heritage practices can be employed sustainably — their artisans use locally sourced and eco-friendly materials whenever possible, such as recycled brass and reclaimed cow horn and bone.
Soko employs technology to empower and provide equal access to opportunity for marginalized artisans. Their supply chain innovation uses the mobile phone to connect independent artisan entrepreneurs to Soko in an ethical and transparent "virtual factory". With Soko’s mobile tools, artisans have access to an entire world of consumers, expanding their business horizons and entrepreneurial prospects.
Soko is proud to provide customers with a new kind of luxury; handmade, ethical goods at accessible prices. Soko works with some of the world's best brands and customers to shift the perception of ethical fashion and promote conscious consumerism.
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Totonga Bombi – African Textiles
In the local Congolese language of Lingala, Totonga Bomoi means BUILD OUR FUTURE. Similar to their name, Totonga Bomoi's mission is connecting Congolese Artisans to global consumers so that families and communities can thrive.
Totonga Bomoi's cooperative began with a simple request. While volunteering in Congo, Founder and CEO, Katie Hile's good friend Mama Aroyo asked for help generating income to build a home for her family. Recognizing her talent as a seamstress, Katie requested that she make 25 African handbags that she could sell to family and friends in the U.S. Soon after Mama Aroyo received her profits, other women in the village expressed their interest in the project. When Katie returned to her friends in Congo to create their cooperative, she wasn't sure what the business model would look like, but what she did know is that her year spent as a volunteer in Africa changed her life. As Katie encountered suffering and tragedy, she also grew in fellowship with the local community. A day never goes by when she is not inspired by the creativity and resilience of the artisans. It is her hope that together they will renew and elevate the image of Africa so that we, too, may see the true beauty and endless joy that abounds in our world today.
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Santosh Rathi – Indian Textiles
Santosh Rathi creates his clothing from recycled and embroidered fabric, which carries rich community textile and fabric traditions.
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Firdose Ahmad Jan – Indian Textiles
Firdose Ahmad Jan was born in Srinagar, Kashmir into a family of shawl weavers who have been practicing this craft for centuries. His father, Bashir Ahmad Jan a Shilp Guru, who is considered a living legend, trained Firdose in weaving and embroidery . The Guru Shishya Parampara also passed on knowledge in their tradtion, from teacher to student, and is very much part of their cultural heritage. Their family has revived a number of designs in weaving and in embroidery.