We're lucky to work with an extraordinary group of artisans to create Plume's designs. Hailing from 5 countries worldwide, each group works meticulously to bring our designs to life through their beautiful traditional craftsmanship. Not only do they each support ethical production methods, but they strive to empower women and their overall communities to better their economic standing.
Established in 1979, Tsandza Weaving, formerly known as Rosecraft Weaving, produces high quality handwoven products in pure natural fibers by artisans in rural Swaziland. Through their mission, Tsandza works with the local population of rural women to develop and learn new skills that allow them to generate income to care for their families, while providing consumers with a means to buy more ethically. Their artisans are provided with funded training allowing them to learn a skill, and a working environment that ensures their own personal growth and wellbeing. As an active member of Swaziland's Fair Trade Association (SWIFT), Tsandza continuously works to maintain and improve all that they do to ensure they adhere to the principles of Fair Trade.
Sabahar is an Ethiopian company that produces entirely hand made cotton and silk textiles. Founded in 2004 by Kathy Marshall, Sabahar prides itself in celebrating and preserving the country's rich weaving tradition while creating a respectful and ethical work opportunities for the local community. Sahabar subscribes to three core values which guide their focus:
- Sustainability: We support and train artisansto apply their ancient skills to modern, fresh designs. By providing the bridge between the artisan and the global market, we provide reliable income for families.
- Innovation: Weaving is an ancient craft in Ethiopia but silk was only introduced to Ethiopia about 15 years ago. We adopt traditional technologies to new fibers and products. We remain loyal to tradition while adjusting to contemporary tastes of the world market.
- Caring for each other: Our products are made with care by people we care about. We create positive work opportunities in Ethiopia, with an emphasis on employment for women. We are members of the World Fair Trade Organization.
After a trip to Bali and falling in love with the handmade straw bags made by local communities, Mary-Joan Schaufele set out to find a way to get involved to spread knowledge about this wonderful craft and economically assist the communities by selling their products. It was in Java where she met Dwiyani, a raffia and rattan bag manufacturer who ran a business employing 50 artisans out of her home. The artisans, all women, work from her home or their own which allows them to care for their children or household while making a fair living wage to support their families. Using the craftsmanship that has been passed on over many generations, the women of Moos create gorgeously structured bags ensuring that this tradition will be passed on and admired for generations to come.
For over two decades, Pachacuti has created hats which are a subtle union of tradition, luxury, and sustainability. The art of creating Panama Hats is woven into the fabric of life of the Andean Mountain communities where their weavers live. It is such a part of Ecuadorian life that in 2012 UNESCO declared that the art of weaving a "Panama" hat would be added to their list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Pachacuti works directly with artisans in every step of the process: weaving, dyeing, blocking, and finishing to ensure that as much of the final value as possible remains in their hands. Pachacuti works to provide ongoing training and investment, not just in design development and skills, but in self-esteem, human relations, and the health and safety of their artisans.
Victorious Craft Group
Victorious Craft Group was formed in 2006 by three young men who were looking for a solution to the problem of youth unemployment in the Kibera slum. In order to attempt address the issues of environmental pollution, the group saw an opportunity to use recycled materials like wood, brass and waste bones sourced from butcheries and slaughter houses, to make products such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hair clips, bowls, salad spoons and others. These items are made by Kibera community members who are trained, free of charge, on how to make and assemble the products from recycled materials. A diverse and inclusive workforce is consisted of young men and women from Kibera villages. Victorious Craft Group builds awareness of the importance of responsible waste management and addresses the issues of environmental sustainability.