We have been long-time admirers of Indian woodblock printing. The intricate patterns often carry traditional cultural meanings, as well as legacy of the tribes they originally come from.
Ethiopian cotton is praised by some as the new Egyptian cotton. It's soft, fluffy, and a sustainable textile source in copious supply throughout the country. When designer Hana Getachew first returned to Ethiopia after leaving her home country for 18 years as a child, she looked to cotton as the medium of reconnecting with her heritage and sharing its beauty with the world.
Home to an ancient market, a modern shopping mall, and the prominent tango singer Carlos Gardel, the bustling Abasto district in Buenos Aires gives Fernanda Sibilia her daily inspiration.
Highly trained artisans work at a modern facility near the site of the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, China. The apprenticeship tradition established in antiquity lives on at Middle Kingdom, in much the same way it has for hundreds of years.
In 1934, Kontex was established in Imabari City in the Shikoku region of Japan. Imabari hosts a large cotton processing and dyeing industry, with a long history in producing more than 60% of towels in the country.
Inspired by vintage aesthetics as always, Injiri's designer Chinar Farooqui presents her two new collections for 2016, Ahir and Recycle.
Can a for-profit entity create impactful change in communities?
The answer is, yes, as proven by our partner Mela Artisans.
Innovando la Tradición, a creative platform for designers, artists and artisans to rethink and honor ceramic traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico, toured Belgium this summer bringing 132 pieces of their traditional pottery.
"Being a student of textiles, I love the hand-loom. It is more about celebrating the entire process of hand-weaving - and the clothes are actually little stories about the textiles they are made of."
Through her products, the founder and designer of injiri, China Farooqui, expresses her appreciation for the old and the hand-made.