Amano Marketplace

Amano Marketplace
2129 19th St. N
Arlington, VA 22201

(202) 873-4497
elenalaswick@gmail.com
www.amanomarketplace.com

Contact person: Elena Laswick

Grounded in honesty, fairness and collaboration, Amano Marketplace is a platform where Latin American artisans can share their designs and stories and where you can learn more about traditional art forms and find unique, handmade items from over 20 small-scale operations who collectively represent over 1,000 Latin American artisans. Amano aspires to foster a space that contributes to the continuation of artisanal heritage and promotes mutual exchange, connection & learning. In addition to products from Latin America, we also offer live and pre-recorded virtual classes with artisans from Peru and Guatemala.


IXIL Collective

IXIL Collective
2129 19th St. N
Arlington, VA 22201

(202) 873-4497
hello@ixilcollective.org
www.ixilcollective.org

Contact person: Elena Laswick

Ixil [ee-sheel] Collective is a collaboration between Maya Ixil weavers and an American designer. Because the Ixil region of Guatemala is far off the beaten tourist path, there is very little direct access to a market for artisans. Ixil Collective was created to help these remote artisans earn a more substantial market share. All designs are based on traditional Ixil dress and motifs and are made by Ixil artisans living in the towns of Chajul, Cotzal and Nebaj in the Quiché region of Guatemala.


THREADS Documentary Film

THREADS Documentary Film

Kantha Productions LLC
PO Box 143
Lakebay, WA  98349

(253) 592-3596
cathy@kanthathreads.com
www.kanthathreads.com

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

Chris@NewPathwaysToEnterprise.org
www.NewPathwaysToEnterprise.org

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.


LolaLovesCargo

LolaLovesCargo
163 Stanton Street #6
New York, NY 10002

(646) 234-6667

lolalovescargo@gmail.com
www.lolalovescargo.com

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
info@sharingthedream.org
www.sharingthedream.org

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
john14v19@gmail.com
https://www.etsy.com/shop/thewidowsfriend

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

dlifeforce360@gmail.com
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.