9607 Dr. Perry Rd. Suite #114
Ijamsville, MD 21754

(301) 515-5911

Contact person: Mary Joan Ferrara-Marsland

Wholesale Accounts Available

UPAVIM-logoUPAVIM 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. For over twenty-five years, their goal has been to improve the quality of their lives and community through education, job creation, health, and nutrition. They produce an array of colorful products made from handwoven fabric including kitchen items, jewelry, fashion accessories, bags, recycled gifts, holiday décor, and toys and gifts for babies, children, and pets. All profits go to funding their alternative school.

Thrums Books

Thrums Books
306 N. Washington
Loveland, CO 80537

(970) 685-4964

Contact person: Linda Ligon

Wholesale Accounts Available

Thrums-1Thrums Books is a world of textiles in books and other media. Which do we love more: traditional publishing or traditional textiles? It’s a draw. Tangible books —well made, made to last, beautiful photos, thoughtful page design, deep content—we love making them. Handmade cloth—expressions of people and cultures and the timeless touch of human hands—that’s what our books are about. Thrums Books are available through our sister company, www.clothroads.com.

Threads of Life

Threads of Life
Kubu Roda, Jalan Bisma 3, Ubud,
Bali 80571, Indonesia


Contact person: William Ingram

Threads-of-life-3Threads of Life is a fair-trade gallery in Ubud, Indonesia, that works directly with over a thousand weavers on twelve islands across Indonesia. Through its work, rural poverty is alleviated utilizing culture and forest conservation. The heirloom-quality textiles and baskets Threads of Life commissions are made with local materials and natural dyes. With the proceeds from sales, Threads of Life helps weavers form independent cooperatives and manage their resources sustainably.

Queen Amina Embroidery

Queen Amina Embroidery
c/o 3811 Santa Fe Trail
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2748

(734) 646-8051


Contact people: Hassana Yusuf & Elisha Renne

Wholesale Accounts Available

QAE-LogoThe Hausa people of northern Nigeria are renowned for embroidery of voluminous robes known as babban riga. In Zaria City, robe embroidery was primarily done by men until the 1970s, when women began to take up the hand-embroidery work. In 1994, several excellent women embroiderers, who were interested in embroidering smaller pieces using robe designs, such as pillows, pouches, and placemats, came together to form the group, Queen Amina Embroidery, managed by Hassana Yusuf.

Partners for Just Trade

Partners for Just Trade
2236 Tower Grove Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

(314) 707-2831

Contact person: Cheryl Musch

Wholesale Accounts Available

Partners for Just Trade-logoPartners for Just Trade (PJT) is a fair-trade, nonprofit organization that builds partnerships between artisans in need and consumers in the United States. PJT addresses the root causes of poverty through fair-trade sales, education, solidarity, and a commitment to trade justice. We work primarily in Peru and import knit stuffed animals, alpaca hats and scarves, Chulucanas pottery, nativities and ornaments, and more. We also have screen-printed bags and wallets and handwoven scarves from Cambodia; metal art and papier-mâché from Haiti; and scarves from Egypt. PJT is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

Mayan Hands

Mayan Hands
9607 Dr. Perry Rd. Suite 114
Ijamsville, MD 21754

(518) 729-1900

Contact person: Anne Kelly

Wholesale Accounts Available

Mayan-Hands-logoThe mission of Mayan Hands, a nonprofit, fair-trade organization, is to empower Guatemalan Mayan women artisans in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty while maintaining the culture they cherish. The Mayan Hands artisan partners create high- quality handmade textile and artisan products that include scarves; handbags and other accessories; home décor such as table runners, placemats and napkins; pine-needle baskets; felted-wool animals; friendship bracelets; Judaica products; Christmas and other holiday gifts.

Marrakesh Express

Marrakesh Express
791 College Ave. #2
Haverford, PA 19041

(610) 649-7717

Contact person: Susan Schaefer Davis

Wholesale Accounts Available

Marrakesh-Express-logoGiving Moroccan women access to a world market by selling their weaving online, thereby retaining more profit as they bypass the middleman, is my focus. On my website, you can “meet” and buy directly from Moroccan weavers in the nonprofit section, Women Weavers OnLine. The rugs are handwoven wool and usually one- of-a-kind; some women can also weave to order. I lead cultural tours where we visit some of the weavers, as well as meet other Moroccans in their homes. When I am in Morocco in the spring, I can shop for a Moroccan rug in the style, colors, and size you would like.

Little Silk Road Shop

The Little Silk Road Shop
N. Husainov #1
Bukhara 200118, Uzbekistan

009 (989) 362 49454

Contact person: Azizbek Gulyamov

Wholesale Accounts Available

The Little Silk Road Shop has strong ties in Central Asia gained by establishing reliable contacts with officials and cooperating closely with artisans, craft persons, workshops, and manufacturers. Our collaborative team is producing masterpieces that combine the modern style with the cultural traditions. We provide work and a sense of pride for the women who make these textiles. Using traditional designs and motifs, natural dyes, and fabrics and upcycling, we meet the demands of modern lifestyles in a way that keeps ancient traditions alive.