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Avani
Avani
Avani is a voluntary organization based in the Kumaon region of the Himalayan mountain ranges in northern India. Avani began in 1997 as a branch of the Social Work and Research Centre, known as the Barefoot College of Tilonia, and follows the Barefoot approach of community-based, sustainable development.  Today, Avani is a successful cooperative enterprise managed by the artisans themselves. The enterprise provides employment to the people living in the region’s remote villages by developing and marketing the Avani collection of wild silk textiles. 
Avani in HAND/EYE Magazine (PDF)
Colectivo 1050º
Colectivo 1050º

The Oaxaca artisans of Colectivo 1050° come from San Bartolo Coyotepec, known for its enigmatic black clay; San Marcos Tlapazola, where Zapotec women create smooth shapes in red clay; and Santa María Atzompa, well-known masters of glazed pottery with a millenary tradition. Colectivo 1050° emulates conscious sustainable design, using lead-free materials and strives to minimize the environmental impact in all of the production processes.

Colectivo 1050º Catalog (Wholesale)
www.1050grados.com

El Camino de Los Altos
El Camino de Los Altos

The El Camino de los Altos artisan collection offers a range of colorful striped shawls hand woven by women from Pantelho and Oxchuc which are perfect to wear, throw on a sofa or use as a table runner. Also offered are striped cushions in vivid colors inspired by the traditional dress of women in Pantleho and Oxchuc and the wrap around skirt worn by women in Zinacantan. 

Our brocade cushions are hand woven by master weavers from Larrainzar who use traditional designs drawn from local history and mythology. These textiles are fashioned on pre-hispanic back-strap looms with mercerized cotton in accordance with fair trade principles. When you purchase these products you are helping improve the living conditions of the Mayan weavers and the preservation of their ancestral heritage.

El Camino de los Altos in HAND/EYE Magazine (PDF)

Elrhino Paper
Elrhino Paper

In the remote, forest regions of northeast India, poachers kill elephants and rhinos for their ivory and horns threatening the survival of these critically-endangered animals.  

Based in Assam, Elrhino Paper provides a way for indigenous people to make a living from the poo of elephants and rhinos by making high quality, handcrafted paper from dung and recyclable forest waste.  With preservation of habitat and elimination of poaching, the Indian rhinosceros may have a chance for survival in part because of its poo.

Prices shown are FOB Guwahati. Items are available for wholesale orders only at this time.  If you wish to order, please email us at sales@sproutenterprise.net.

Elrhino Paper (PDF)

How to save rhinos? By turning their dung into paper. PRI's The World

Photo credit:  Chirodeep Chaudhuri

Flor de Xochistlahuaca
Flor de Xochistlahuaca

La Flor de Xochistlahuaca is a weaving cooperative of 25 indigenous women founded in 1969 by Florentina Lopez de Jesus, a great master of Mexican folk art in Guerrero in southern Mexico. Using traditional back-strap looms, these women weave beautiful brocade designs using spindle-spun natural white, brown and green cotton yarns.  

Handweaving and spindle spinning in the village of Xochistlahuaca is a tradition that pre-dates Hispanic times. Amuzgo girls begin to learn the weaving process with simple tasks such as cleaning and carding cotton. Later, they learn weaving techniques and designs from their mothers, aunts and grandmothers. Historically, weavers made clothing for their families, but now, weaving has become an important source of income for many Amuzgo women and their families.

La Flor de Xochistlahuaca in News

ROPE
ROPE

ROPE holds environmental and social responsibility at the core of its operating philosophy. Based in Tharamani, Chennai, India, ROPE makes hand crafted and environmentally friendly products to enhance contemporary lifestyles while supporting initiatives that elevate the standard of living of its artisans. ROPE trains rural men and women with employable artisan skills and has pioneered the use of local agricultural waste - banana fiber - as a core material in its designs.

Prices shown are suggested US retail.  Items are available for wholesale orders only at this time.  If you wish to place a wholesale order, please email us at sales@sproutenterprise.net.

ROPE 2015-2016 Catalog (PDF)

ROPE Brochure (PDF) 

 

Studio Xaquixe
Studio Xaquixe

The Studio Xaquixe Collection is handblown from up-cycled glass collected from the local communities surrounding Oaxaca, Mexico. In an effort to reduce the studio's environmental footprint Studio Xaquixe has designed a heat recovery system to reuse waste heat and is pioneering the use of biofuels to fuel their furnaces and eliminate their dependance on propane. Each handblown glass piece varies slightly in color and form, lending itself to the unique story of the individual artisan who crafted it. 

Prices shown are US retail.  Please email us at sales@sproutenterprise.net if you would like to place wholesale order at FOB Oaxaca prices.

 Studio Xaquixe 2017 Catalog (PDF)

 

Tilonia®
Tilonia®

Tilonia, a small village in the desert regions of Rajasthan, India, is the home of the Barefoot College. Since 1972, the College has worked to improve the lives of the rural poor by addressing basic needs for water, electricity, housing, health, education and income.


Tilonia® helps these rural artisans to market their products in India and around the world. With new markets for their crafts, their livelihood is improved and the production of the traditional craft is continued.

tonlé
tonlé

tonlé's Takeo range is made from tonlé’s exclusively designed fabrics handwoven by the Cambodian weaving village in Takeo province. These fabrics are a result of Tonlé's commitment to zero-waste design and production. Using remnant fabric culled from the waste material of Cambodia's fashion industry, tonlé designers incorporate even the tiniest scraps into original looks. Excess fabric strips are hand cut and sewn into yarn. The yarn is knit and woven into new pieces for clothing and home goods made from twice-recycled fabric. 

This Fashion Company Turns Toxic Waste into Trendy Textiles.

tonlé Spring/Summer 2016 Lookbook

tonlé Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook

Prices shown are US retail. Please contact us at sales@sproutenterprise.net for wholesale prices.

WomenWeave
WomenWeave

WomenWeave has supported the role of women in handloom weaving since its inception in 2002, working toward making handloom a profitable, fulfilling, sustainable and dignified income-earning activity particularly for women in rural areas of India.