We’ve said it before, where you shop matters. And when you can purchase pieces for your home that provide jobs to women around the world, why wouldn’t you? Not only are these ethical brands providing income for people who otherwise may not have the opportunity to provide for their family, but also, they are offering beautiful, high quality goods. “Global” is not just a style – these unique artisan-made home decor pieces bring culture, beauty, and meaning to your home. Here are a few of our favorite companies that sell incredible products and provide artisanal jobs around the world.
When shopping at The Little Market, you’ll find information all about the artisans that created each good on every product page, as well as the country where it’s made, and everything you need to know about fair trade. For instance, these serving plates and utensils are made by the Wood Carvers of Kenya, who are directly benefited by the sale of their wood products… and that’s just one of the hundreds of products they offer. We want to fill our homes with their pretty pieces!
This collaborative collection stems from a relationship between the Zambian artisans behind Tribal Textiles and pattern experts at Patternity, who visited the artisans. The resulting pieces are bold, beautiful, hand-painted, and handmade pillows and throws. Our favorites are this one and this one! Through the creation of their exquisite textiles, Tribal Textiles benefits the local community and provides jobs in the African Bush where employment is scarce. How cool is that?!
The Citizenry is made up of beautiful and modern home designs that are a result of partnerships between them and artisans around the world. Each and every piece has a story and a purpose. This Asha area rug, for instance, was handwoven by 14 master artisans in Bhadohi, India. From start-to-finish, it takes 5 days to complete, and is created in a fair trade environment. Our favorite part about this company? That their name is meant to reflect and celebrate the people behind the products.
Raven + Lily not only carries home decor, but also trend-forward fashion and accessories – all of which are fair trade, women-made, eco-friendly, and carbon-neutral, which is straightforwardly stated on every product page. These Taita baskets, specifically, were handcrafted by an artisan group of 16 women from Kideloni. They started weaving together to generate an income to improve their lives and to earn money to send their children and/or grandchildren to school. We’ll take 10.
This shop carries a variety of artisan brands sourced from around the world. We love the cozy blankets and throws like this Alpaca throw, which is hand woven on wood looms by artisans in Ecuador. The brand behind it, Shupaca, works directly with these artisan groups to guarantee that they are compensated fairly and paid directly. Now that’s something we can curl up with.
What artisan-made home brands do you love?