BUSINESS OF CRAFT
A PLATFORM TO DISCUSS THE INS AND OUTS OF THE ARTISAN SECTOR
INTERVIEW: ARCHIVE NEW YORK (AMIRA MARION)
Archive New York's focus is on reviving the techniques and patterns that create the colorful, traditional Guatemalan tops, called huipiles. Owner/design, Amira Marion is an extremely focused, purist super passionate about making sure these textiles aren't lost forever. She works ,mostly with backstrap weavers, all over Guatemala to re-create some of her favorite textiles ensuring these weaving styles don't die and that the weavers creating the pieces are given fair wages for their work.
INTERVIEW: WAX + CRUZ (LAUREN WOOD)
Proud Mary started working with Lauren from Wax + Cruz a few years ago producing handwoven textiles from Guatemala for a hat collab (she makes awesome hats with traditional textiles). Her collection has grown into a dream resort collection made in collaboration with artisans in Chiapas, Mexico.
INTERVIEW: INDEGO AFRICA (DEIRDRE KING)
Indego Africa is a non-profit that works with women artisans in Rwanda and Ghana. All of their profits, donations, and grants go towards their education programs for their producers including business and entrepreneurship classes and skills training. A benefit to a non-profit model is having the support to do this type of programming, teaching both novice and experienced artisans the skills they need to become export ready. In addition to its educational component they design, develop, and sell their colorful collections to international markets ensuring their training isn't done in vain.
INTERVIEW: OSEI-DURO (MARYANNE MATHIAS)
The Osei-Duro ladies are some of my favorite in the biz. It's obvious that they have a deep understanding of the techniques they use to produce their wares and are able to manipulate these techniques to make extremely unique textiles and products. I love their style and admire their authenticity. Osei-Duro started and remains predominately produced in Ghana but are branching out to Peru and India. They are known for their batik fabrics and modern silhouettes, and believe in the business of artisan made.