Our latest arrivals come from the mountainous country Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, where a semi-nomadic culture continued for over 2,000 years. Sheep is among the most important wealth for the people there, as many of them come from herding families that have been living in yurts and tending sheep, horses, and yaks for generations.
With wool sourced directly from nearby mountains and whimsical designs by Craftspring from Brooklyn, New York, women artisans in Kyrgyzstan are crafting gifts and decorations with their traditional technique of wet felting. This generations-old technique creates a textile that is strong and incredibly soft to the touch, making it a beautiful medium to connect the heritage of Kyrgyz nomadic culture with our modern urban lifestyle.
A member of the Fair Trade Fedration, Craftspring takes pride in the empowerment of women's entrepreneurship across Kyrgyzstan. "From the raw wool we source to the recycled packaging in which we ship our final products, we live by the principle that the materials we use and the products we make should contribute to the world, not drain it. We believe that business choices can be regenerative, and that we can positively impact the environment and global communities, not detract from them".
Shop our picks of hand-felted gifts from Kyrgyzstan.
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Consisting of pillows, rugs, and baskets, Ximena's home collection is entirely handcrafted at artisan cooperatives throughout Colombia, using only natural materials native each region - wool, fique, and palm leaves. "This collection is about empowerment," says Ximena. "I strive to empower artisans in my homeland, and these designs are the way to bring their skill set, my vision, and creativity to life."
Among the thousands of artisans we work with - both directly and indirectly - around the world, over 70% are women. And the majority of these artisan women are mothers. By making and selling their handicrafts, they have become proud providers for their families, creating a stable stream of income and much needed opportunities for their children to receive education and healthcare.