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The full list of research published by the DEED LabMiscellaneous2007 - currentartisan sector, fair craft, social designMiscellaneous
Oax-i-fornia: Generative Intersections and the
Design of Craft
Academic article that describes the "Oax-i-fornia" initiative created and taught by Raul Cabra, and which connected university students with artisans. We celebrate it as an exemplar of co-design that empowers all participants, and celebrates their creativity.Raul Cabra (Professor)2012artisan sector, co-design, academiaOaxaca, Mexico
Crafting Textiles through the Covid Crisis
"The coronavirus pandemic is still far from over in many parts of the world, including Guatemala where artisanal textile making remains a significant aspect of indigenous Maya cultural heritage and the creative economy. This small collection of artefacts, images and narratives convey findings from recent research into: ‘how Guatemalan artisans diversified their textile practices to sustain their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic’.

Our ethnographic enquiry, undertaken in 2021, was made possible through collaboration with five socially driven textile organisations working in the Lake Atitlan area; A Rum Fellow, Cojolya, Mercado Global, Multicolores, and Kakaw Designs. Analysis of online interviews, videos and photographs taken in the field, provide insights into the creative resilience of artisans as they continued to practice, communicate and market their crafts, throughout the global crisis."
Katherine Townsend, Nottingham Trent University
Anna Piper, Sheffield Hallam University
Luciana Jabur, Friends of The Ixchel Museum
Mar. 1, 2022artisan sector, guatemala, covid, case studiesGuatemala
Business of Handmadebusinessofhandmade.comIn-depth multimedia research publication about India's artisan sector, and specifically profiling 12 organizations200 Million ArtisansJul. 1, 2021artisan sector, india, case studies, case storiesIndia
Somaiya Kala Vidya
"SKV teaches artisans to use design, business, as well as traditional identity effectively for new markets. Approaching education through a vital subject, the institute enables direct access to higher education, raises the capacity of artisans and generates value for traditional arts."Mar. 1, 2014artisan sector, india, education, capacity-building, co-designKutch, Gujarat, India
Handcrafted Looks, Colorful Touches at Textiles Market
Trends at the New York Fashions MarketOnline ArticleSep. 18, 2017Trends, Market, North AmericaNew York, USA
Fair craft
Do artisans worldwide receive a living wage? Based on the compensation they receive for craft work, are they able to fulfill basic, essential needs for themselves and for their family? Does the Fair Trade system sufficiently guarantee a living wage to artisans?Research PaperFair Trade, Living wage, Ecosystem.
A Case study on Digital Empowerment Foundation Chanderiyaan Project
Market Development through Social Empowerment of the Poor Producers at Bottom of the PyramidResearch PaperOct. 12, 2012Asia, Weaving, Digital empowerment, MarketIndia
Atelier Courbet
Seems to be an umbrella representative for many crafts-based companies.Store2013Luxury, Interior design, Gallery, North AmericaNew York, USA
Duka Shop
Company founded by two New School alumna. Small-scale organization working with artisans.CompanyEthical Fashion, Textile, Africa, North AmericaKenya
AOW Handmade
provides invaluable insight on industry trends, trade shows, and suppliers to buyers interested in ethical sourcing.Company2015Trends, Trade shows, Suppliers, Ethical sourcing , Market research, Business mentoring, Consulting, North AmericaUSA
Jill Hepphenheimer
Has 30 years experience in selling hand-woven products (and an MBA from NYU Stern.)Contact
How can artisan movements empower communities?
Women’s Empowerment/RefugeesBlogpostDec. 9, 2016Empowerment, Refugees, Women, Community buildingWorldwide
Working with Artisans Requires a New Business Model
Rethinking current traditional retail business paradigms, and the financing models that support them to better work for artisan sector.Online ArticleSep. 15, 2016Africa, Business model, Market, retailAfrica
The art and craft of business
Etsy is starting to show how the maker movement can make moneyOnline ArticleJan. 4, 2014Maker movement, Online platforms, Business, direct customer, North America, Consumer trend, Market, TechnologyUSA
How Fabindia's business model has become a source of inspiration for startups
As India modernises rapidly, it is also giving rise to numerous startups serving as a link between lucrative markets and artisans preserving traditional crafts. And almost invariably they are borrowing from a model first introduced by Fabindia.Online ArticleSep. 20, 2013Online Platform, hybrid models, Market, IndiaIndia
Craftsvilla uses a marketplace model to capture the regional variations of India. We connect local artisans & designers directly to global customers and thereby increase their livelihood, remove middlemen, help them create/promote their brand and thereby preserve our culture, traditions and values.Online storeFashion, Luxury, Food, Textile, Online platform, Market, Jewelry, Cultural preservationIndia
Caravan attempts to bridge the gap between the rich reservoir of traditional Indian craftsmanship and the evolving needs of contemporary living. In so doing, it seeks to revive a diverse and glorious artistic heritage 
and aims to protect the livelihood of artisans.Online Store2013Poverty Alleviation, variety of crafts, Online Platform, Jewelry, Glass, Toys, Wood, Textile, Fashion, cultural heritageIndia
Rangstura act as a bridge between rural artisans and global consumers in order to develop sustainable livelihoods and revive India’s rich craft heritage. We are a company owned by a community of over two thousand artisans across rural India.Company/Online storeTextile, Global Market, Online Platform, Jewelry, Fashion, Fair trade, Ikea, Market Access, Cultural heritage, poverty alleviationIndia
India: Artisans turn entrepreneurs - a business model seeks to reduce vulnerabilities for human trafficking
With the aim to provide sustainable livelihood options in rural settings vulnerable to human trafficking, in 2009, UNODC supported livelihood programmes for rural artisans in the two Northeastern states of Mizoram and Tripura.
The livelihood programme was implemented by Impulse, a NGO based in Meghalaya and working in the eight Northeastern states of India. Financially supported by USAID.
Online ArticleEmpowerment, Entrepreneurship, Intermediary, Market Access, Poverty Alleviation,Capacity building, Traditional weaving, Human traffickingIndia
Impulse Empower
Impulse Social Enterprises (ISE) as the name suggests, is a social enterprise of like-minded individuals that help provide sustainable livelihoods for tribes in Northeast India, neighbouring states, and eventually in neighbouring countries as well.Online StoreNovember 2011Traditional Crafts, Preservation, Market access, For profit , Online Platform, Poverty Alleviation, Fashion, TextileIndia
Scaling Fair Trade: 5 Lessons on how Globein grew to over $1M in sales
It started with a box. A social business startup dreamt of connecting artisans in developing countries to the global marketplace using a subscription model. This became GlobeIn Artisan Box. In one year, GlobeIn grew its business by sixteen times to over $1 million in annual revenue. Here are the the lessons learnt along the way. 1) PRODUCT FIRST, MISSION SECOND 2) SERVE YOUR CUSTOMERS 3) COMPETE WITH AND OPERATE LIKE TRADITIONAL FOR-PROFIT BUSINESSES 4) GET A LINE OF CREDIT 5) PLAN YOUR CASH FLOWOnline ArticleOct. 24, 2016Social Business, Business model, Startup, Online Platform, Membership, Market access, North America, Global, ChallengesUSA
Deliver joy by empowering and connecting remarkable, remote artisans to mindful customers. They have an online marketplace, Artisan box subscription and social good projectsCompanyNovember 2011Social Business, Business model, Startup, Online Platform, Membership, Market access, North America, Global, California, Poverty alleviationUSA
Circular Fashion is an online platform launched in 2015 to promote a more sustainable and circular fashion, apparel and textile industry on a worldwide scale. The website has been developed and is owned by the consultancy firm Green Strategy (CEO Anna Brismar).Online Platform2015Online Platform, Fashion, Textile, Sustainability, Sweden
Katherine Townsend
Craft Research Magazine Co-editor, 3D Weave. Leader of the Digital Craft and Embodied Knowledge research group; Co-curator and exhibitor in ‘Crafting Anatomies: Material, Performance, Identity’, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, 2015; Currently leading ‘Emotional Fit: Mapping the evolving female form in fashion’, a collaborative research project; Co-editor of the journal of Craft Research (Intellect) since 2010.ContactJournal, Craft ResearchUK
Piece & Co.https://pieceandco.comSocial and Environmental Sustainability are at the core of the Piece & Co. business, a catalyst for positive change and empowering women around the world through textiles and product. We build long-term partnerships with artisan groups and small businesses around the world to create a global supply chain of sustainable jobs. CompanySeptember 2011Textile, Capacity building, market access, Online Platform, Environmental responsibility, International Market, Quality Control, Sustainability, Empowerment, Poverty AlleviationUSA
This Artisan fabric is revolutionizing the fashion industry
Article on piece&co's journey. Since launching in 2011, Piece & Co. has supplied fabric to the likes of Nike, Diane von Furstenberg, Supreme, Opening Ceremony, Veronica Beard, Mara Hoffman and Shopbop. The company now employs more than 5,000 artisans at local co-ops in countries from Bolivia to Zambia, where, through a customized training program, the women learn to manage their own finances and establish independence.Online ArticleAug. 12, 2016Woman Empowerment, Textile, Market Access, Challenges, Fashion, Luxury brandsUSA
Digital Empowerment Foundationwww.defindia.orgEstablished in 2002, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) aims to connect unreached and underserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and equip them with access to information.ContactTechnology, Access, New Delhi, Empowerment, Digital literacyIndiaDr. M Shahid Siddiqui
Edunhttps://edun.comLuxury Fashion Brand. Building long-term, sustainable growth opportunities by supporting manufacturers, community-based initiatives and partnering with African artists and artisans.CompanyJanuary 2005Ethical Fashion, Luxury brand, Fashion, Accessories, Leather, Africa, Eco-friendly, Market Access, New York, Ready to wear, Online Platform, LifestyleUSA
ByHand Consultinghttp://byhandconsulting.comByHand aligns buyers sourcing new artisan products with the artisan enterprises seeking those buyers. ByHand brings socially responsible artisan products to the market through a portfolio of marketing, product development and business mentoring programs using our network of consultants and advisors and artisan and buyer partners. We build relationships, strengthen entrepreneurial skills, expand markets, promote craft tradition, and encourage the sale of beautiful handmade products. CompanyConsulting Services, Product development, Market research, Buyer trips, Trade show services, Capacity building, Workshops, CaliforniaUSA
Hosoohttp://www.hosoo-kyoto.comKyoto-based textile company founded in 1688 and specializes in superior quality fabrics for high-end interior and fashion design.Company1688Luxury Brand, Textile, Fashion, Interior, kimonos, Traditional technique, Culture preservationJapan
Urban Zenhttps://www.urbanzen.comThe Urban Zen Foundation creates, connects, and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of preservation of cultures, well being, and education.CompanyCulture preservation, Wellness, Education, Lifestyle, Haiti, Vocational training, USA
Aymara weavers
Weavers’ steady hands as the perfect solution to creating a small high-tech medical product that cannot be mass produceOnline ArticleOct. 26, 2016Technology, New Market, Medical industry, Implants, Capacity building, Bolivia
Traditional Textile Design for Social Innovation Toward Sustainability
In this paper, I will explore to reexamine traditional textiles in Japan and to translate them in order to design new ideas and products for social innovation toward sustainability. Firstly, I will describe my background how I have reached to this issue. Secondly, I will introduce several activities that I have done with textile specialists, and my colleague and students at Tama Art University (TAU) where I belong. Then I will explore textile designs for social innovation toward sustainability.Paper2014Sustainability production, Textile, Culture preservation, Government Initiatives, JapanYuko Fukatsu (Tama Art University)
Textiles Environment Design (TED)
collaborative project between TED (Textile Environmental Design) and several partners in India that brings together traditional crafts with emerging technologies to anticipate new solutions in the sustainable design and production of textiles for the furnishing sector.Company1996Textile, Experimental fabric, research, Practice-based, Sustainable,
Khaloomhttp://www.khaloom.comKhaloom creates high-end fabrics from production waste, together with artisans from IndiaCompanyWaste, Fabric, Textile, Sustainability, Poverty
Hosoo/Cultural collaboration Strategy
Hosoo Examples of cross sector collaborations for the Artisan SectorSlidesCross sector applications, cross cultural, Luxury brands, Textile, New industry, Furniture, Fashion, Interior, Designer Collaboration, High QualityJapan
Wal-Mart case: Women's empowerment through access to markets
This case study was developed as part of a research initiative undertaken by the University of Oxford to develop measurements for evaluating the impact of Walmart’s Empowering Women Together (EWT) program.Research Paper2015Sales Channels, Mass Retail, Women empowerment, measurements, Walmart, Market access, Massai, Indigenous, Traditions, Cultural preservation, poverty AfricaJoan Shifrin /
Financial Info on Artisan Co and NGO
Financial StatementArtisan Sector Financial Appeal to Investors
InterWoven: Integrating Traditional Basket Weaving Craft into Computer Aided Design
Modem design tools should celebrate the diversity of making traditions and harness the strength of digital means combining it with traditional operations and aesthetics to create objects that were not possible with either of them individuallyResearch Paper2016Emerging Technology, Traditional methods, cultural preservation, Technological Solutions, CAD, basket-weaving, toolIndia
Hybrid Craft: Showcase of Physical and Digital Integration of Design and Craft Skills
Hybrid Craft exhibition, positioning 15 hybrid projects in the context of today’s Maker culture. Each project demonstrates a unique integration of contemporary making practice with traditional craftPaper2015Emerging Technology, Traditional methods, cultural preservation, Technological Solutions, tool-making, jewelry, bowl-making and interactive design, Maker
Noonday Collection
Noonday has a "Tupperware" sales model. Sales: 11 MM. We design and sell an inspired collection of
jewelry and accessories made by Artisans across the globe.
Company2010Trunk shows, empowerment, Jewelry, online platform, global, Adoption,
NOVICA with National Geographic) Empower. Connect. Preserve. Those are all powerful, fundamentally important mantras that drive us. But at the very core of what we do, at our very essence - we've succeeded only if we make both artisans and customers happyCompany1999Empower, Preserve, Connect to Market, online platform, Wholesale, Happiness, National Geographic, Home accessories, JewelryUSA/international
Ten Thousand Villages
We are not your typical business. We are a non-profit social enterprise that partners with independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops to bring their wares to our markets.NGO/Online platform1940Pennsylvania, Global, Fair trade, Online platform, Poverty alleviation, Women empowerment, Capacity building, Home accessories, Jewelry, WholesaleUSA
SERRVhttp://www.serrv.orgoldest nonprofit fair trade and development organizations, Serrv is a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty.NGO/online platform1999Online platform, Poverty alleviation, Women empowerment, Capacity building, Fair trade, Home accessories, Jewelry, Apparel, Food, India, MerrylandUSA
The Use of Craft Skills in New Contexts
This report outlines the results of a qualitative study that examined how craft skills can generate value and competitive advantage for the European creative economy, particularly with respect to employment and the creation of new jobs. Two pathways for value generation have been prefigured and investigated: through the integration of new technologies to configure new ways of using craft skills; and through the transfer of craft-related skills to other economic sectors, with a focus on the sectors of design and fashion.Paper2015Technology, innovation, New Market, Creative economy, employment, Craft, Fashion, UK, Netherland, Romania, QualitativeEurope
Guatemalan Artisans Are Pushing to Remove 64,000 Fake Maya Products From Etsy
Talking about the need for copyrighting indigenous patterns and organisations working to confront companies that benefit from the artisans Online Article2017Ethical fashion. Cultural preservation, Royalty, Indigenous, Copyright, etsy, Lake Atitlan, Mass production, authentic, Huipils, TrademarkGuatemala
Ethical Fashion Guatemala
A website owned by the artisans of Guatemala. They sell their products and workshops through the website as well as work on copyrighting their work.Online shopEthical fashion, Middle man, Online platform, Market Access, poverty alleviation, Fair trade, Direct from Artisans, Eco-friendly, Cultural preservation, Lake Atitlan Guatemala
These Mayan Weavers Could Be Paving the Way For Indigenous Communities to Trademark Their Work
Artisans efforts in Guatemala to copyright their work and their attempts to go to courtOnline Article2016Trademark, Cultural preservation, indigenous women, supreme court, Textile, Tourism, Government Guatemala
Lessons learned from Artisans connect
Digital Learning Series, Amanda North of Artisan Connect shares learnings from running the online marketplace Artisan Connect.Business model / case study2017Market Access, business model, organizational structure, challenges, Intermediary, eCommerce, Multichannel, North America, Market, Scaling, Middle manUSA
Lessons from my social impact venture
Case study by Amanda North that explores the issues of market access for artisans the company was formed to address, its business model and organizational structure, as well as the challenges it faced, which ultimately led to its merger at the end of 2016.Business model / case study2017Market Access, business model, organizational structure, challenges, Intermediary, eCommerce, Multichannel, North America, Market, Scaling, Middle manUSA
Sokohttps://shopsoko.comSoko employs technology to empower and provide equal access to opportunity for marginalized artisans. Our supply chain innovation uses the mobile phone to connect independent artisan entrepreneurs to Soko in an ethical and transparent "virtual factory". Online shop2015Ethical fashion, Jewelry, poverty alleviation, International market, entrepreneurs, Transparency, "Virtual Factory", Mobile app, Luxury brands, marginalized artisans, Kenya, Africa, Online platform, Market accessUSA
Krochet Kidshttps://capable.orgWe provide life-changing job opportunities to women in need. With each purchase you make we introduce you to the woman who made your product and invite you to visit her online profile to learn more about her.NGO2017Poverty alleviation, Uganda, Peru, Africa, South America, Women artisans, apparel and accessories, empowerment, meaningful employmentUSA
61 Online shop2007
Stephanie Odegard
President at Stephanie Odegard Co. Ltd.Contact
Emilimehttp://shopemilime.comEmilime has been innovating in knitwear since 2009. We specialize in handmade accessories featuring alpaca fiber and sheep’s wool, straight from the highlands of Peru. Online shop
Artisan industries in Asia: Four Case Studies
This study, which focused on the commercial crafts that are regularly traded in the international marketplace, was conducted at a macro as well as micro level. The former includes analysis of trade data collected from the International Trade Centre. The microlevel study reports interviews with exporters and importers, both in India and abroad. The study examines commerce, barriers to commerce, and price and non price factors affecting handicraft products.Business model / case study1988Handicraft, Cottage industry, employment, income, International trade, Trade agreements, exports, government policy, working conditions, wages, employment instability, women workers, India, Philippines, IndonesiaAsia (India, Indonesia, Philippines)
Nest Impact report 2016
Nest is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) committed to the social and economic advancement of global artisans and homeworkers. By providing artisan businesses with tailored programming and development support while building scalable solutions to global sector challenges, Nest is generating a more inclusive global economy with the power to alleviate poverty, empower women, and preserve endangered cultural traditions.Impact report2016Poverty Alleviation, impact report, capacity building, measuring impactUSA
Big Business: Making it Work with Small-Scale Artisans
The age of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has brought about a new type of collaboration to meet the demands of a multiplying consumer breed. In the UK a reported 69% of adults are keen to buy ethical clothing, were it more readily available (Conino, 2011). Attempts to ‘green-up’ and satisfy this sizeable market segment has seen a growing trend for retailers approaching artisanal groups in developing economies to collaborate, resulting in unique products that make a difference.Business model / case studyEthical fashion, Collaboration, woodblock printed, India, Jaipur, vegetable Dye, Levi Strauss, indigo fermentation, EAST, challenges, Monsoon, SEWA, Artisan Trade, embroidery, Delhi, ASOS, SOKO Kenya, e-commerce, Panchachuli, Timberland, NEST, weaving, knitting, spinning, middleman, intermediary,
Industree in 2000, Industree Foundation holistically tackles the root causes of poverty by creating an ownership based, organised creative manufacturing ecosystem for micro-entrepreneurs.NGO2000micro-entrepreneurs, Poverty alleviation, Working Conditions, Women’s Empowerment, Bangalore
Harris Tweed: from island cloth to high-end fashion far as collective intellectual property rights are concerned, this is a very interesting and, apparently, unprecedented case. The Harris Tweed is the “world’s only cloth with protected provenance, governed by a British Act of Parliament". The Harris Tweed is: Online Article2017Copyrights, Scotland, weaving textile, Cultural preservation, protected provenance, British Act of Parliament, tradition, Market access, Scotland
- handwoven only by the islanders of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides
- Cloth cannot be ‘Harris Tweed’, or called ‘Harris Tweed’, if it does not meet the legal de nation described in the 1993 Act of Parliament.
- Every piece of genuine ‘Harris Tweed’ cloth is checked and certified by the Harris Tweed Authority and stamped with the Orb Mark to verify its provenance and quality.
- The ‘Harris Tweed’ name, mark and Orb device are valuable intellectual assets protected by law in many territories worldwide. These intellectual assets are also of signi cant economic value to the islanders of the Outer Hebrides and to customers of ‘Harris Tweed’.
Textile Society of America
The Textile Society of America, Inc. provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives.Organisation1987biennial symposium, Membership, Papers, Museums, Workshops, Study tours, Awards & Scholarships, Fellowships, Tradition, History, Cultural preservationUSA
VOZ is an ethical luxury fashion company whose mission is to protect the livelihoods, well-being, and cultural values of rural indigenous women globally. VOZ was founded in 2012 by Jasmine Aarons.Company2012Ethical fashion, Luxury brand, Indigenous, Empowerment, Cultural preservation, Poverty alleviation, Capacity building, New York, Retail, online platformUSA
Ethical Fashion Initiative
The Ethical Fashion Initiative connects artisans from the developing world to the international value chain of fashion. In doing so, the Ethical Fashion Initiative harnesses fashion as a vehicle for development. Artisans can change their lives for the better by manufacturing luxury value-added ethical fashion products for top fashion designers.Organisation2009Ethical fashion, sustainability, monitoring tool, Transparency, Traceability, reports, Africa, top fashion houses, United Nation, World Trade organization, middle man, centralised production hubs, Market access
Jill Heppenheimer articles
About having your own creative work and how to build your relationships, business framework as well as collectionsArticles
Nest - Compliance for Homes and Small Workshops
The Nest Standards for Homes and Small Workshops and Nest Seal of Homeworker Wellbeing work together to ensure industry-wide transparency and compliance for production taking place beyond the four-walled factory.Standards2017Transparency, Ethical Handcraft, Standards, workplace safety, Cultural sensitivity, Decentralized supply chain, United Nation, Eileen Fisher, Target, West ElmUSA
The little market
The Little Market is an online fair trade shop founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla where customers can purchase beautiful products handmade by artisans around the world. We provide design insights, helping our partners to showcase their traditional skills and cultural techniques to a broader audience. We practice fair trade principles, and every purchase from The Little Market generates meaningful income for the artisans and their families.NGO / Online shop2006Fair trade, Ethically sourced, Market access, online platform, cooperative, social enterprise, Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, poverty alleviation, Home accessories, women empowermentUSA
"State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples"
Report by the UN on the state of "Indigenous People" globally, which they state as 370 millionUnited Nations2009Cultural preservation, Indigenous, marginalization, United Nation, human rights, Traditions, HistoryGlobal
The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise: Bringing Artisan Enterprise to Scale
The untapped economic development potential of the artisan sector makes a powerful case for establishing the Alliance for the Artisan Enterprise. A group of key individuals and institutions convened to consider ways in which an alliance would support, elevate, and expand the artisan sector, with encouragement from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. This discussion paper outlines proposed goals, objectives, and activities for such an alliance in 2012.Paper2012Macroeconomy, Global, developing countries, creative economy, income generation, employment, objective and goals, USA
Authentically handmade? How to know amid mass production
There is no "fair trade" certification process for handicrafts as a category because the production processes vary widely. Organizations like Fair Trade U.S.A. certify some products that may be handcrafted, such as clothing and rugs. But safety and labor standards used for those items might be irrelevant for an individual basket weaver in a rural village.Online Article2018Fair Trade, West Elm, mass production, Retail stores, International market, artisan compensation, Transparency, Global
Creating a Social Business
How Jaipur living developed a global rug Business, one weaver at a time, and lifted thousands out of poverty. These two critical points for success grabbed my attention: 1) learning how to scale a business model with a highly decentralized workforce. 2) The Higher School of “Unlearning”.Business model / case study2017Decentralized supply chain, entrepreneurship, Market access, Cultural preservation, Capacity building, scaling, India
Audrey Seagraves - Fair Wage Guide Software and Social Enterprise
This is a podcast on Fair Wage, a free tool that compares how wages being paid to any artisan worldwide compare to international wage standards.Podcast2010Fair wage guide, empowerment, Good World Solutions, Technology, Global, Data analysis, Fair tradeUSA
Good World Solutions
The mission at Good World Solutions is to use data to create safe and respectful workplaces. We work with innovators – leading companies and NGOs that are not content with the status quo. Our partners want to see working conditions change for the better and we use our technology to catalyze that transformation.Company2005Workplace safety, empowerment, Data collection, marginalized communities, Data analysis, Complaints, hotline, fair wage guide, LabourlinkUSA
Standard Business School Center for Social Innovation.
There were 47 articles on artisansOnline Papers
Dive into northern Mexico's breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara.Video game2018Game Design, Technology, Cultural Preservation, Empowerment, Representation, Documentation Mexico
Future Footwear Foundationhttp://futurefootwear.orgWe promote our understanding of human locomotion and sustainable footwear for body and environment by studying and working with indigenous cobblers and by integrating design anthropology, sustainability and biomechanics in multidisciplinary projects.Organisation2015Footwear, indigenous, New technology, Cultural preservation, Sustainable, bio-mechanicsInternational
Crafting the Composite Garment: The role of hand weaving in digital creation
This paper focuses on current Doctoral research into the design and prototyping of 3D woven or ‘composite’ garments and how the re-learning, or reinterpreting, of hand weaving techniques in a digital Jacquard format relies heavily on experiential knowledge of craft weaving skills.Research paper2016composite garment, digital production, embodied knowledge, hand weaving, Jacquard weaving, zero-waste, 3D woven textiles
Women in the peruvian andes are reviving an ancient craft
Weaving is one of the oldest human skills, and in South America, the backstrap loom still used in parts of the Andes today has been around for more than 10,000 years. Now, however, this ancient process is meeting the 21st-century marketplace, as the women of the small town of Patacancha, in the south of Peru, create beautiful textiles in the Incan style for consumers from far away.FilmStorytelling, weaving, South America, Cultural Preservation, Documentation, Indigenous, ProcessPeru
the problem with the term ethical fashion
According to research by Common Objective, Google searches for “sustainable fashion” have grown 46% and “ethical fashion” 25% in the past six years, both being used interchangeably by consumers. It’s certainly seems to be an increasingly popular phrase to put on your product to attract hits, but are shoppers finding what they want?Online Article2018ethical fashion, fast fashion, sustainable, marketing, storytelling, transparency, mainstreamUSA
What does 'artisan-made' fashion mean today?
Artisan-made encourages us to ask more question. It prompts us to learn that today's commoditized and cheaply-made clothes have created an industry that masks grave human rights atrocities under layers of bureaucracy, corporate speak, and marketing.Online Article2018ethical fashion, sustainable fashion, marketing, storytelling, transparency, artisan, craftsperson, garment worker, definitionsGlobal
Garment worker project
Behno’s founder, Shivam Punjya, invited fashion photographer Dan Smith and documentary filmmaker Kent Mathews to MSA Ethos to explore the less visible side of fashion. Smith captured the unique individuals of MSA Ethos through an emotional series of intimate portraits while Mathews documented their personal stories and the unique infrastructure of the factory through documentary film. Ultimately, the project aims to demonstrate that garment workers are not a commodity and that garment production in the multibillion-dollar fashion industry does not need to be based on the exploitation of labor.Film/Photography2016ethical fashion, sustainable fashion, storytelling, transparency, Garment workers, factory workers, documentation, India, Mainstream fashion, India, USA
behno’s mission is to redefine and bring sharp awareness to the craft and character of “made in India” and to set a new standard for manufacturing for India’s garment trade that revolutionizes the way garment workers are treated, viewed, and employed. Further, behno aims to become a part of a global mission to inspire change and improve factory conditions to augment the quality of life and safety of individuals in the garmenting spaces of developing countries by working in partnership with international factories that adhere to rigid factory compliancesCompany2014ethical fashion, sustainable fashion, storytelling, transparency, Garment workers, factory workers, Standards, India, Mainstream fashion, Accessories, garment trade, Poverty alleviationIndia, USA
Amazon Handmade
Amazon Handmade is a store within where Artisans sell their handcrafted goods.Online platform2015Handmade, market access, Online platform, international access, Amazon, Global
Good on you
The Good On You ethical brand rating system gives you the power to make better choices as an informed shopper. Choices that reflect your commitment to doing better by the planet, people and animals. We believe fashion brands have a responsibility and should be transparent about their impact. How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you and how do your favourite brands stack up?Online platform