THREADS Documentary Film

THREADS Documentary Film

Kantha Productions LLC
PO Box 143
Lakebay, WA  98349

(253) 592-3596

Contact persons: Cathy Stevulak and Leonard Hill

THREADS takes us on a journey with self-trained artist Surayia Rahman who transforms the quilt-work tradition of kantha to create possibilities for a better life for her family and hundreds of young mothers in Bangladesh. Over three decades, as their art becomes prized possessions of connoisseurs around the world, Surayia Rahman and the artisans overcome their hardships with needle and thread, stitch by stitch.

Winner of three film festival awards and multiple laurels, THREADS film celebrates global artisanship and the power of textile art as a path to dignity, independence and community.  THREADS is available on DVD, streaming, and for educators and community screenings. To view the trailer for THREADS, please click here.

Many of the designs embroidered by The Widows Friend are created by Surayia Rahman.

New Pathways to Enterprise

New Pathways to Enterprise

1588 Keswick Place
Annapolis, MD 21401

Contact person: Christine Nielsen

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. New Pathways’ artisans are engaged in a wide range of textiles creation and embellishments, including beading on satin and lace; macramé, and weaving on table-top looms designed by co-founder, R. Keith Raney.


163 Stanton Street #6
New York, NY 10002

(646) 234-6667

Contact person: Lola Faturoti

Lolalovecargo's concept is merging authentic traditional designs with functional modern clothing. Our mission is to preserve the traditional designs and skills of indigenous artisans, and to contribute to the minimizing of the dumping system in the third world countries by reworking used clothes into one of a kind clothes. We are open to collaborating with indigenous artisans from all parts of the World.

Sharing the Dream in Guatemala

Sharing the Dream in Guatemala
10 W. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-6895

Contact person: Diane Nesselhuf

Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is a fair trade organization.  We aim to promote sustainable fair trade and create opportunities. We have two brick and mortar stores in South Dakota and an online store.  Through the sales of our products, we are able to continue providing work and support to our partner artisans, as well as to support our projects in Guatemala.  We offer handmade purses and bags, scarves and other personal accessories, home textiles, and jewelry.

The Widow’s Friend

The Widow's Friend
136 Griffith Hill Way
Greer, SC 29651

(864) 509-1115

Contact person: Paula Zitzman

Bangladeshi widows served by The Widow's Friend hand-stitch pieces on silk and cotton that are scenes and texts suitable for framing, table runners and cloths, pillow covers, bread basket liners and Christmas items. Orphans make paper and clay bead necklaces with matching earrings. These products are made available for sale and the whole price of the piece goes to the artisan. Some available at Etsy but a much larger selection is available via email.

Shekere Creations by Thembi

Shekere Creations by Thembi
PO Box 5783
Capitol Heights, MD
Instagram: olokun_thembi

Contact person: Thembi Douglas

Thembi uses natural gourds, wood beads and quality cord to string her shekeres. Each Shekere is custom made. Also named Daate’, the Calabasist by her Ethiopian family, Thembi also travels the world collecting gourds and gourd stories. Purchasing from her, you purchase history.

Surya’s Garden

Surya's Garden

Shop at Surya's Garden
11 bis rue du chapitre
30000 Nîmes, France

Atelier at Surya's Garden
ward 4C, house 125
Kaddirampura 583239
Karnataka, India

00 33 769428966 & 00 33 766044642
Facebook: Art of Banjara embroidery

Contact person: Laxmi Naik-Duclos

Products based on ancient patterns from the traditional Banjara art, incorporated on contemporary supports like cushions covers, bags, purses, garments and wall hangings. Profits are shared between the embroiderers.

Porfirio Gutierrez Y Familia

Porfirio Gutierrez Y Familia
Calle Simon Bolivar #6
Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico

Contact person: Porfirio Gutierrez

Porfirio Gutierrez Y Familia is a studio based in Oaxaca, Mexico that works with natural plant and insect based dyes and hand loomed tapestries. He and his family are among the last few families in their community working to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes. Porfirio Gutierrez Y Familia offers workshops in natural dyes, weaving as well as curated studio tours. Traditional and contemporary tapestries are available for special order.