Artisan Textile Resource Guide

You can best help support individual textile artisans and fair trade organizations by buying the products they make. With so many gift-giving holidays all year, you can start your shopping right here. There is so much variety in these artists’ offerings, you are sure to find something for everyone and yourself. Let them know you found them on WARP’s website!

WARP’s Artisan Textile Resource Guide gives you direct links to many rich resources that our members offer. There are beautiful handwoven textiles, baskets, and other items—available for both retail and wholesaleIf you are planning a trip, our tours section features WARP members who lead textile-focused tours in various countries. You’ll also find members that offer services to help grassroots economies that depend on making textiles. Do you have a weaving or craft project in mind, that could help a community support itself? Among our members are all manner of textile enthusiasts, makers, consultants, teachers, and fair-trade experts. Many work with community-based programs and projects all over the world, and can help you help others.

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Retail

Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art

Above the Fray ventures to the hill-tribe regions of Laos and Vietnam to personally select exquisite handwoven silk, cotton, and hemp textiles directly from the independent artisans. Our diverse selection of textiles is created using traditional materials, methods, and motifs.

Amano Marketplace

Amano Marketplace is a collective online platform where Latin American artisans, small brands, organizations and NGOs share their stories through handmade products and live experiences.

Amigos de Taquile

We offer fine handwoven and knitted textiles from Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru, that have been fairly traded for solar supplies over a three-decade relationship.

Artisans Beyond Borders

Artisans Beyond Borders addresses trauma, restores grace and agency, and provides income for asylum-seekers and their families stranded at the U.S.-MX port of entry.

Ayni, Inc.

Ayni aims to preserve the cultural patrimony of Peru and promote social welfare in Andean communities through sponsorship of cultural programs, and through sales of Peruvian handicrafts

Baskets of Africa

Baskets of Africa provides long term, sustainable living wages to compensate weavers in Africa for their beautiful work and to support their families.

Cotton Clouds, Inc.

Cotton Clouds proudly offers Mayan Hands products and Tintes Naturales Friendship Towel Kit. We supply quality cotton and cotton-blend, rayon chenille, bamboo, linen, and blended cellulose yarns, on cones and skeins. Exclusively designed kits are available for weaving towels, scarves, throws, and home décor.

Cultural Cloth

Cultural Cloth’s shop and online store is a destination for those seeking handcrafted home decor and accessories made primarily by women artisans from around the globe.

Endangered Threads Documentaries

A 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit focusing on filming Maya weaving and textiles in Guatemala and southern Mexico. Endangered Threads Documentaries (ETD) DVDs document the history and practices of Maya weavers, with intimate views of their lives and art form.

Es Par Ta

Es Par Ta was founded in 2015 upon the ancient craft of hand made alpargatas, a shoe making technique that dates back centuries.

Folkwear

Folkwear creates and provides home sewing patterns based on authentic historic and folk garments from around the world. Folkwear sewing patterns are sold to retail and wholesale customers around the world.

Fusion De Maya

Marjorie Puryear is owner, designer and colorist for Fusion de Maya, specializing in exclusive Guatemala-made hand-dyed/handwoven scarves, shawls and folkart pillows.

Ixil Collective

Household textiles & accessories inspired by & sourced from the Maya Ixil region of Guatemala to increase compensation and recognition for weavers from Chajul, Cotzal and Nebaj.

Kakaw Designs

Partnering with over a dozen local artisan groups around Guatemala, we create unique designs by combining a variety of regional handmade traditions.

Khadi Oaxaca

Online sales of sustainable and artisanal cotton and wool textiles produced in rural Oaxaca. Ecologically grown native cotton, natural dyes, hand-spun thread, made at home.

Kinship Stories

A culture and art project featuring a line of precious tribal adornments. Our one-of-a-kind pieces include vintage and antique materials, often of museum quality.

Local Cloth

Local Cloth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the fiber economy in the Appalachian region of the US located in Western North Carolina. We proudly include farmers, fiber artists, mills, garment designers and makers among our members.

Marrakesh Express

Hand woven wool rugs from N’kob, Morocco. The Marrakesh site gives Moroccan women access to a world market by selling their beautiful rugs online, retaining more profit as they bypass the middleman.

Mayamam Weavers

Mayamam Weavers markets home and fashion accessories handwoven in cotton by a Guatemalan weaving cooperative. We also provide the cooperative with business and skills training.

Mayan Hands

Mayan Hands is fair trade non-profit organization dedicated to providing economic and educational opportunity to Mayan women artisans and their daughters in Guatemala.

Mekong River Textiles

Working directly with village-based handweavers, dyers, and needle workers since l980 Mekong River Textiles brings the world of Thai, Lao and Cambodian textile arts to the marketplace.

New Pathways to Enterprise

New Pathways is dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families living in impoverished communities in the Philippines. Our Learning to Livelihood nurtures the development of artisan groups engaged in a range of textiles creation and enhancements.

PAZA

PAZA supports the grass roots textile preservation movement in Independencia Bolivia by operating the Club de Artesanas, supporting the Centro de Artesania, Huancarani, and assisting the weavers in finding access to an external market.

Queen Amina Embroidery

Queen Amina Embroidery is a women’s hand-embroidery cooperative in Zaria, Nigeria, which produces women’s and children’s garments as well as small pouches, pillows, and wall-hangings.

Sam & Nala

Sam & Nala works with artisan entrepreneurs to create intentional style for pets & their people. Our offerings include dog bandanas, dog beds, hand loomed throws, worry dolls, canvas bags and more.

Terra Experience

Beautiful handwoven doll clothes, huipils, traditional textiles, accessories, related art and books from Guatemala. Strives to support Fair Trade, Mayan artisans, their communities and environment.

The Widow’s Friend

Nokshi kantha tapestries, table runners/cloths, pillow covers, bread basket liners, and Christmas items along with paper/clay bead jewelry. All sales support widows/orphans in Bangladesh.

Thrums Books

A publisher of fine books celebrating the textile traditions of indigenous artisans throughout the world. The content of our books ranges from history and cultural anthropology to intimate personal stories.

UPAVIM Crafts

UPAVIM Crafts is a fair-trade business that is a part of UPAVIM, a cooperative of about eighty women who live in an impoverished community on the outskirts of Guatemala City.

Wholesale

Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art

Above the Fray ventures to the hill-tribe regions of Laos and Vietnam to personally select exquisite handwoven silk, cotton, and hemp textiles directly from the independent artisans. Our diverse selection of textiles is created using traditional materials, methods, and motifs.

Amigos de Taquile

We offer fine handwoven and knitted textiles from Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru, that have been fairly traded for solar supplies over a three-decade relationship.

Baskets of Africa

Baskets of Africa provides long term, sustainable living wages to compensate weavers in Africa for their beautiful work and to support their families.

Cotton Clouds, Inc.

Cotton Clouds proudly offers Mayan Hands products and Tintes Naturales Friendship Towel Kit. We supply quality cotton and cotton-blend, rayon chenille, bamboo, linen, and blended cellulose yarns, on cones and skeins. Exclusively designed kits are available for weaving towels, scarves, throws, and home décor.

Cultural Cloth

Cultural Cloth’s shop and online store is a destination for those seeking handcrafted home decor and accessories made primarily by women artisans from around the globe.

Endangered Threads Documentaries

A 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit focusing on filming Maya weaving and textiles in Guatemala and southern Mexico. Endangered Threads Documentaries (ETD) DVDs document the history and practices of Maya weavers, with intimate views of their lives and art form.

Folkwear

Folkwear creates and provides home sewing patterns based on authentic historic and folk garments from around the world. Folkwear sewing patterns are sold to retail and wholesale customers around the world.

Fusion De Maya

Marjorie Puryear is owner, designer and colorist for Fusion de Maya, specializing in exclusive Guatemala-made hand-dyed/handwoven scarves, shawls and folkart pillows.

Ixil Collective

Household textiles & accessories inspired by & sourced from the Maya Ixil region of Guatemala to increase compensation and recognition for weavers from Chajul, Cotzal and Nebaj.

Kakaw Designs

Partnering with over a dozen local artisan groups around Guatemala, we create unique designs by combining a variety of regional handmade traditions.

Katyi Ya’a

All native, ecologically grown brown, green and white cotton textiles. Handspun, naturally dyed and back-strap loom woven by Mixtec women in San Juan Colorado, Oaxaca

Khadi Oaxaca

Wholesale offering of sustainable and artisanal cotton and wool textiles produced in rural Oaxaca. Ecologically grown native cotton, natural dyes, hand-spun thread, made at home.

Kinship Stories

A culture and art project featuring a line of precious tribal adornments. Our one-of-a-kind pieces include vintage and antique materials, often of museum quality.

LoomKatha

LoomKatha works with close to a 100 handloom weavers across India. We create handwoven fabrics, scarfs and apparel customized to urban consumer preferences and trends.

Mayamam Weavers

Mayamam Weavers markets home and fashion accessories handwoven in cotton by a Guatemalan weaving cooperative. We also provide the cooperative with business and skills training.

Mayan Hands

Mayan Hands is fair trade non-profit organization dedicated to providing economic and educational opportunity to Mayan women artisans and their daughters in Guatemala.

New Pathways to Enterprise

New Pathways is dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families living in impoverished communities in the Philippines. Our Learning to Livelihood nurtures the development of artisan groups engaged in a range of textiles creation and enhancements.

Ngurunit Basket Weavers

The Ngurunit Basket Weavers is a cooperative based in the Ngurunit Community of Samburu County in northern Kenya. Their baskets are sold under the label of Nomadic Baskets.

PAZA

PAZA supports the grass roots textile preservation movement in Independencia Bolivia by operating the Club de Artesanas, supporting the Centro de Artesania, Huancarani, and assisting the weavers in finding access to an external market.

Sam & Nala

Sam & Nala works with artisan entrepreneurs to create intentional style for pets & their people. Our offerings include dog bandanas, dog beds, hand loomed throws, worry dolls, canvas bags and more.

Terra Experience

Beautiful handwoven doll clothes, huipils, traditional textiles, accessories, related art and books from Guatemala. Strives to support Fair Trade, Mayan artisans, their communities and environment.

Service

Adrienne Sloane

I am a practicing fiber artist with many years of both hand- and machine-knitting experience. My degree in anthropology has helped inform a strong interest in working with knitters internationally to strengthen their abilities so that they can sell their knit goods at fair-labor prices.

Cloth Girl

For twenty years, I lived a museum life. I am available for museum consultation on any issue, but specialize in exhibit design and development, curating textile exhibitions and textile conservation.

Diane de Souza Designs

My primary expertise is in dyeing natural fibers in enviornmentally sound methods useing natural-dye extracts. Services include instruction, consultation on methods, costs, processes, and viability and dyeing of natural fibers.

Fusion De Maya

Marjorie Puryear is owner, designer and colorist for Fusion de Maya, specializing in exclusive Guatemala-made hand-dyed/handwoven scarves, shawls and folkart pillows.

Jackie Abrams

I am interested in helping to develop small craft industries within communities in need. I teach crocheting and basketry techniques, working with recycled materials.

Janice G Knausenberger

For over twenty-five years, I have served as an international consultant specializing in weaving and other fiber arts, production efficiency, and design.

Khadi Oaxaca

Custom weaves of our handspun thread on floor looms. Or buy our standard fabrics and have us cut and sew your unique designs.

Philis Alvic

I can help you evaluate your products for sale in different venues, design items using local skills and materials, and develop a marketing plan.

Sarah Saulson

A professional weaver, dyer and teacher, I have worked with producer groups on 3 continents and am eager to share my skills to empower artisan groups worldwide.

Tours

Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art

Above the Fray leads small-group tours for textile enthusiasts to visit with and learn directly from traditional textile artists in hill tribe Laos and Vietnam. The cultural venture offers hands-on workshops led by regional, independent experts in their own villages.

Carol Hayman

See how artisans live in urban Lima and rural Ayacucho on the Peruvian Reality and Craft Tour. Customize your visit for your personal interest.

E.Y.H.O. Tours Canada

E.Y.H.O. leads small groups of like-minded travellers to traditional communities that make clothing by hand, and live and celebrate in culturally rich regions.

Marrakesh Express

My tours introduce you to the beautiful country of Morocco: warm people, gorgeous scenery, and delicious cuisine. Visit homes, workshops, and major sites.

Mayan Hands

Mayan Hands is fair trade non-profit organization dedicated to providing economic and educational opportunity to Mayan women artisans and their daughters in Guatemala.

Textile Trails

Travel with Wendy and a small group of textile enthusiasts for an immersive experience in Bhutanese culture. Specializing in hands-on learning opportunities with local artisans.

Tours by Sharon

We offer small group tours focusing on culture/arts/textiles for those wanting a non-touristy “travel experience”. Various regions in Mexico and Guatemala.