Aid To Artisans.org

oNE PARTICULAR TEXTILE DESIGNER HAS PLAYED AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN INSPIRING ME TO TAKE ON THE TASK OF CREATING HAND-PRINTED AND DYED TEXTILES, JOHN ROBSHAW. HIS COMMITMENT TO THE TRADITIONAL HAND-DYING/PRINTING TECHNIQUES OF THE INDIAN CULTURE IS AWE-INSPIRING AND HIS DEDICATION TO THE LONGEVITY OF CULTURALLY INFLUENCED PATTERNS IS, IN MY OPINION, THE “BOTTOM-LINE” FOR LASTING DESIGN IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY.
As I look up to his work as something truly influential, I regularly visit his website to see what’s new and having read his bio I was introduced to an amazing organization, Aid to Artisans, fulfilling the dreams of many artisans worldwide by helping them to make their crafts their livelihood.

Here’s the description of their task, in their own words:

“We create economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world where livelihoods, communities, and craft traditions are marginal or at risk.
We blend a passion for the deep-rooted cultures and handmade traditions of the developing world with a commitment to building profitable businesses. Environmentally sound practices are at the foundation of our methodology. We recognize that we can only bring lasting economic growth if we provide an integrated approach to product development, business skills training, market access and eco-effective processes.
We accomplish this by working together with partners in the countries where we work and in the markets we connect artisans with, leaving behind an infrastructure that continues to support the artisan community long after we complete our mentoring.”
(As seen on the Aid to Artisans Website – What We Do section)

Check out their website, follow their Facebook page, share them on Twitter and tell your friends. This organization makes me outrageously proud to be part of a worldwide community of professional artisans and reminds me that the drive to bring back craftsmanship is alive and strong; yay!!

(Also, follow John Robshaw’s Blog and be amazed!)
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