- natural fibre
antlers, amber, seeds/coconuts,
natural fiber &
The world is
mega-diverse in natural fibers. Many cultures are dependent on the
diversity of plants for use in everyday life. Conserving these
ecosystems is critical to the development of sustainable livelihoods
for theses countries.
As a development tool, crafts make a
huge impact, and the governments of Andean Nation’s know it. No
other industry has the effect on poverty alleviation,
self-sufficiency, women’s empowerment and the multiplier impact than
crafts. So many people are affected when raw materials are
cultivated, sold, value-added by the hard-work of artisans and sold
again. From the natural fibres
raised with care to the natural dyes used to color them to the
equipment purchased to increase quality and production capacity, a
dollar spent in craft development “packs a punch.” That is why the
Craft fair was an achievement in itself.
We have been working
with crafts people from different regions in South America.
The natural fiber we are
using is called iraca, comes from the leaves of a plant similar to a
palm tree, grows on tropical forests and has been traditionally used
to manufacture the Panama hat. Our unique designs, large and simple
in natural and bright colors, from natural dyes, are very special.