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".
A quiet little town on the banks of the Niger River, Segou is known as the capital of mud cloth. Textile designer Boubacar Doumbia built his workshop there 16 years ago, named it Ndomo - which means "the quest for knowledge" in local Bambara language, and welcomed young people who had no opportunity to receive formal education into his collective.
The base material of the Cloud mats and rugs are the edges of cotton fabric, cut from industrial looms. They’re “waste” – a by-product of their weaving patterns – but for the weavers at Barrydale, this raw material is an invaluable ingredient for upcycling.
100% natural and extremely durable, our newly arrived mesh bags and totes are handmade by Khmu artisans in Laos using fiber from a fast-growing vine, Pueraria phaseoloides. It is a perennial vine that self-sows, grows, and re-grows without any cultivation or human intervention, yet improves the soil it grows in.