The artisans who craft items by hand, working in the traditions of their ancestors, contribute something entirely unique to the world: the gift of preservation.
Have you ever felt the softness of a chenille scarf woven on a backstrap loom? Marveled at the intricacy of a hand-painted batik robe? Run your fingers along a hand-embroidered blouse? You can feel the presence of the artist who poured love, history, and patience into the work.
Ethical fashion is about more than choosing handmade over factory-produced. The men and women who preserve the world’s disappearing arts are living treasures who protect tradition—skills passed down for generations, through families, and over time.
That’s why we think it is so essential to support their work, their creations, and their artistic vision. When you shop ethical fashion, you not only feel great about the values you uphold, but you discover one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t find anywhere else.
Block-Printed Cotton Shirtdress, “Indigo Zigzags”
Circle Motif Block-Printed Jacket, “Mesmerizing Indigo”
Screen Printed Duvet Cover and Shams, “Rajasthani Indigo”
Diamond Printed Sundress, “Indian Indigo”
Hand Printed Pillow Shams (Pair), “Rajasthani Meadow”
Zigzag Block-Printed Cotton Pants, “Steps”
Seductive and revered, Indigo reveals its origin in its name – from India.
For 5,000 years this love affair with a color, which fades and ages with time, is still going strong. Once arduous to produce and confined to the aristocracy, indigo eventually passed to the working class and now resides in nearly every house on the planet as jeans.
Block-Printed Shawl, “Mughal Glory”
Block-Printed Tunic, “Mughal Glory”
Floral Block-Printed Tank Top, “Midnight Glory”
Block-Printed White Dress, “Elegant Forest”
Block Print Tunic with Beadwork, “Beautiful Jaipur”
Floral Sundress with Beaded Accents, “Summer in Jaipur”
Passed from parent to child, Indian block printing records the pattern vocabulary of India.
Block prints are done by ‘eye’ and the attendant imperfections echo humanity’s vision. Each color requires that it be imprinted with a different hand-carved block. From the carvers who create the block to the dyers who create the colors, to the imprinters, this is a craft that takes a village.
Green and Magenta Batik Skirt, “Gingko Leaf”
Batik caftan in Turquoise and Lemon, “Balinese Breeze in Turquoise”
Batik Rayon Sundress in Mint and Magenta from Bali, “Gingko Leaf”
Batik Skirt in Turquoise and Lemon, “Balinese Breeze in Turquoise”
Batik Sundress in Midnight and White, “Many Leaves”
Batik Caftan in Midnight and White, “Balinese Breeze in Midnight”
Indonesian batik is included on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list as a historical fabric of human civilization. Batik is believed to have been transported to Indonesia by way of the Indian subcontinent and to have reached the height of its artistic expression in Java during the 19th century. Artisan batik today continues to preserve its maritime Silk Roads legacy.
Embroidered Top in Paprika, “Delhi Spring in Russet”
Embroidered Dress in Khaki and Blue, “Royal Blue Personality”
Floral Embroidered Blouse in Paprika, “Delhi Spring in Russet”
Embroidered White Blouse, “Effortless Grace”
Hand Beaded Black Tunic Top, “Mughal Treasure”
White and Navy Beaded Dress, “Summer Stroll”
Since the Iron Age when fur was first stitched together to clothe us, we have realized that the same thread could be used to create embellishments. Each culture has its own distinct style which includes embroidery, painting, applique, and beading that incorporates its own history and traditions.
Meet the Makers
To honor the incredible makers who keep traditional arts alive, we lift the curtain on their hidden workshops, their finely-honed techniques, and the love they pour into every creation. Join us on this journey into three incredible artforms and meet the talented makers who have perfected them.
Homage to Nature
Made Suciati channels the serenity of her garden into every embroidered creation.
You Can’t Rush Perfection
Desak Nyoman Parwati understands the virtue of taking your time.
Labors of Love
How one group of backstrap weavers embrace life after loss.