WARP Links

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Description of an organization or service listed below, or in the WARP newsletter,
does not constitute an endorsement by WARP.

Alternative Trading Organizations

United for a Better Life Your purchase greatly improves lives! UPAVIM is a Guatemalan women's cooperative
committed to creating a better life for themselves, their families, and community. Profits from
fair trade sales go into community programs. Offering quality textile accessories, terracotta items,
unique children's toys, vegetable candles, baskets, beaded jewelry, recycled gifts, pet products and more!
Black Mesa Weavers
for Life and Land
Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land empowers local
communities to expand their traditional economy through fair trade
and sustainable development. The web site features weavings, wool
and mohair, and other crafts for sale.Your purchase greatly improves lives! UPAVIM is a Guatemalan women's cooperative
committed to creating a better life for themselves, their families, and community. Profits from
fair trade sales go into community programs. Offering quality textile accessories, terracotta items,
unique children's toys, vegetable candles, baskets, beaded jewelry, recycled gifts, pet products and more!
Fair
Trade Federation
Fair Trade Federation is a US association dedicated
to fair trade. The website contains excellent links to retail and
wholesale stores, and a lot of information on fair trade.
Fair
Trade Resource Network
The Fair Trade Resource Network raises consumer awareness
about improving people's lives through Fair Trade alternatives.
A Greater
Gift
A Greater Gift promotes the social and economic progress
of people in developing regions of the world by marketing their
products in a just and direct manner.
Mayan Hands Mayan Hands is a small fair trade organization which works
with more than two hundred women organized in twelve different
cooperative groups. These talented weavers produce beautiful, high
quality textiles which Mayan Hands is proud to market.
Colores
de Pueblo
Colores de Pueblo a fair trade organization dedicated
to assisting Latin American artisans and farmers - directly! The
website has some interesting information on Central America, as
well as a wide array of beautiful crafts for sale.
ComArt Tukuypaj ComArt Tukuypaj is a non-profit, fair trade organization
representing over 60 artisans' groups from all over Bolivia.
World Fair Trade Organization An international association that promotes fair trade. The website
is an excellent resource for information on fair trade, has a good
bibliography, and informative links.
Moonflower
Enterprises
Moonflower Enterprises imports hand made, high quality, fair trade
products from Guatemala and works directly with more
than forty artisan families representing four Mayan ethnic
groups in Guatemala.
Oxfam Oxfam GB is a development, relief, and campaigning organisation
that works with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and
suffering around the world.
Ten
Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to
Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their
stories in North America.

Web Stores

Endangered
Threads Documentaries
Endangered Threads Documentaries produces educational
documentaries recording indigenous weaving threatened by global
economic expansion and homogenization of cultures. The website has
an extensive photo anthology of weavers in Guatemala, and an order
form and sales information for documentaries.
Marrakesh
Express
Marrakesh Express sells handwoven Moroccan textiles
online. The website includes a nonprofit section (Women Weavers
OnLine) where you can "meet" the weavers of each textile
and learn about their lives.
Marilyn
Anderson ~ Pro Arte Maya
Marilyn Anderson ~ Pro Arte Maya describes the work
of Marilyn Anderson with the Maya people. The website includes images
and publications about Maya Arts and Crafts/Pro Arte Maya, some
of which are for sale.
Maya Traditions Maya Traditions is a fair-trade producer and wholesale business
based in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and Edgewater, Florida. For over ten years
we have worked with Maya indigenous weavers in the highlands of Guatemala.
Our mission is to support weaving groups and small family businesses
through providing consistent income, as well as health and education
projects.
SERRV International Gifts that make a difference.  Ethical fair trade gift and crafts products from a range of developing countries.  Your purchase improves the lives of artisans and farmers worldwide.

Tours and Education

Dr. Carol
Ventura
Dr. Carol Ventura is a scholar who specializes in
indigenous arts and crafts. The website describes her work and has
lots of information on crafts from around the world.
Cross
Cultural Collaborative, Inc
An educational non-profit that invites people to Ghana
to
promote cultural exchange and understanding through the arts.
Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Apparel The Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena is the only institution
in Guatemala dedicated to the study and conservation of the country's
Mayan weavings.
Manos de
Oaxaca
Eric Mindling of Manos de Oaxaca works with traditonal
artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico and organizes trips and workshops there.
His site is primarily focused on Oaxacan Pottery and is very beautifully
presented.
Puchka Peru
Cultural Tours
Puchka Peru Cultural Tours offers small-group tours
to Peru, with an emphasis on textiles and folk art, and a commitment
to fair trade. The description of the tours is very detailed and
informative.
Weavershand Weavershand is an information page for Tablet Weaving,
Kumihimo, and Ply-splitting. The website holds a wealth of information
and hosts several other websites including Peter Collingwood's web
pages.
Woman Ink Woman Ink is a United Nations women's development book
service, Empowering Women with Knowledge to Transform Communities.
This website has books for sale with the goal of meeting the needs
of women worldwide.
Tia Stephanie Tours Tia Stephanie Tours offers unique Textile Arts Study Tours to
Mexico. Topics and regions include: 1. The Language of Maya Textiles, The
Highland Villages of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas; 2. The
History and Use of Natural Dyes in the Americas: A Hands-on Workshop in
Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca.
Marrakesh Express Cultural Tours Dr. Susan Schaefer Davis is an anthropologist working in Morocco.
Her academic interest is women and gender, and the aesthetic counterpart is Moroccan textiles.
Her cultural tourism trips introduce you to both, highlighting people-to-people contacts.
NOBLE JOURNEYS Joan Noble, of NOBLE JOURNEYS, offers cultural, educational--and fun!--textile trips
to Morocco, Southeast Asia, Peru, Italy, Mongolia, Guatemala, featuring unique private experiences
along with visiting major sites. Meet local craftsmen in homes and villages,
special lectures, meals, etc. See web site for some of the pre-planned tours. Customized
programs can be designed for your group and/or individuals.

US Crafts Organizations

American Crafts
Council
American Crafts Council is major national organization
and publishes American Craft Magazine. The website is designed to
support artisans who view themselves as producing craft rather than
art.
Southern
Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild is the Appalachian Mountains
craft guild. The website includes information on gallery exhibitions
and an online shop.
Kentucky Guild
of Artists and Craftsmen
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen is a guild
that promotes "... EXCELLENCE THROUGH EDUCATION, COLLABORATION,
LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE." The website includes information on
exhibits, workshops, and fairs.

Handicraft Assistance

ArtisanWork SERRV ArtisanWork is an information gateway for artisans around the world and the people who work with them to connect, learn, and share information.
The Crafts
Center
The Crafts Center "...is dedicated to improving
the lives of low income artisans". The site has information
on marketing international crafts and includes a good newsletter.
Aid to Artisans Aid to Artisans "... is dedicated to creating
economic opportunities for craftspeople in developing nations".
The website has a lot of information on product development, design
and marketing; it also has items for sale.
International Executive
Service Corps
International Executive Service Corps is a fair trade
organization dedicated to assisting Latin American artisans and
farmers. The website has a lot of information on how to get involved.