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Global Outreach Partner

Fashion Revolution USA Mission

Fashion Revolution USA Mission

Through advocacy, industry partnerships, events, initiatives, and education we bring together stakeholders across the fashion, clothing, footwear, accessories, and textiles supply chains to help create an inclusive US fashion system that conducts business ethically, regenerates the environment, and produces responsibly, supporting all voices across the apparel network.

Artisan Development Partner

The New Fashion Initiative empowers cross-sectional collaboration that is changing the fashion industry.

We work directly with academics, designers, businesses, and other non-profits to bring sustainable and scalable solutions to a broken system. We are here to help key industry stakeholders to: 1) collaborate, 2) share research, 3) convene in order to effectively address systemic issues.

Huellas que Trascienden

Huellas que Trascienden

(HQT) is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of the indigenous people of Mexico, particularly women from Chiapas, the state with the highest poverty rate in the country.

HQT offers these women the chance to become independent entrepreneurs by providing them with interest-free micro-loans to start a productive project, basic business education and workshops to advance their skills, various sales channels and mentorship, among other developmental tools. Being part of the HQT program and undertaking a business venture, empowers the women while lessening gender inequality and boosting the economic growth of their impoverished communities.

Aid to Artisans

Aid to Artisan

As a division of Creative Learning, a non-profit based in Washington DC, Aid to Artisans creates 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.

World Fair Trade Organisation

World Fair Trade Organisation

The WFTO is the home of Fair Trade Enterprises. Spread across 76 countries, members are verified as social enterprises that practice Fair Trade. To be a WFTO member, an enterprise or organisation must demonstrate they put people and planet first in everything they do. We are democratically run by our members, who are part of a broader community of over 1,000 social enterprises and 1,500 shops. We are their global community.

NEST (USA)

NEST

Nest is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) building a new handworker economy to increase global workforce inclusivity, improve women’s wellbeing beyond factories, and preserve important cultural traditions around the world.

Craftmark

Craftmark, India

Craftmark authenticates genuine hand-crafted processes from India through its sector-wide, process-specific standards for labeling a product as hand-made increasing consumer awareness of distinct handicraft traditions. The All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association licenses the Craftmark seal to artisan and craft-based organisations for use on their products that are created through handcrafted processes. Craftmark has certified more than 250 craft enterprises with an outreach of about 165,000 artisans across India.

All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association is a network of handicraft and handloom organizations and artisans pan India covering over 100 handicraft processes and more than 50,000 artisans.

DEW Crafts

DewCrafts, Bangladesh

DEW is dedicated to improving livelihood security of the poor segments of the society in Bangladesh through increasing their participation (particularly women) in small scale economic activities by creating the provision of a range of business and life skills for them.

Industree

Industree, India

Industree Foundation holistically tackles the root causes of poverty by creating an ownership based, organised creative manufacturing ecosystem for micro-entrepreneurs. They have reached 30,000 women artisans across India and Africa, through collaborative efforts with organisations like The Future group, IKEA, The Commonwealth Secretariat, Grassroots Business Fund and National Skill Development Corporation.

Darzah

Darzah, Palestine

Darzah is a non-profit, ethical fashion brand specializing in Palestinian "tatreez" embroidery, a centuries-old art form, traditionally passed down from mother to daughter. Their mission is twofold to create economic opportunities for refugee and low-income women artisans, and to celebrate tatreez embroidery and Palestinian cultural heritage.

BaSE, Bangladesh

BaSE, Bangladesh

BaSE is a non-profit Guaranteed Fair Trade organisation of Bangladesh set up to co-ordinate and promote the handicraft products of various female manufacturing groups out of the mainstream, especially those working in the South-West. Since 1999 BaSE is a member of WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization).

CRAFT REVIVAL TRUST, INDIA

Craft Revival Trust, India

The Craft Revival Trust (CRT) is a non-profit that is mandated on the principle that access to knowledge and its dissemination forms the vital core of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. CRT believes that this investment empowers and strengthens the cultural diversity of individuals, communities and societies.

Artisan Outreach Partner 

Guild of Canadian Weavers (The GCW)

Guild of Canadian Weavers (The GCW)

In 1947, a small group of experienced weavers, namely Miss Mary E. Black of Nova Scotia, Mrs. Ethel M. Henderson of Manitoba, and Mrs. Mary Sandin of Alberta, drafted a plan to organize Canadian weavers into a nation-wide guild to be called the Guild of Canadian Weavers.

The purposes of the Guild were many, but the main objective was to raise the technical, mechanical and artistic standards of hand weaving among Canadian weavers. It was felt that this could be done most effectively through establishing examinations, or tests, based on the various levels of ability of the beginning, intermediate, senior and master weaver.

Today the values the GCW was founded on are still maintained but we offer more than just technical weaving. We offer a place for weavers of every generation to join together and thread the past with the future through the stories we share and the cloth we weave.

The Guild of Canadian Weavers has been built up through the dedication of committees and individuals working under the constraints of distance. It is to the credit and perseverance of our members that today the Guild celebrates well into its seventh decade as a national volunteer run organization.

Six Yard Story

Six Yard Story

Six Yard Story is a premium artisanal brand which embraces traditionalism rooted in an Indian craft aesthetic. Central to our ethos is the empowerment of weavers and revival of the slow fashion movement. By focusing on these aspects, our endeavour is to bring handloom sarees back in vogue and entice our consumers to start an everlasting love affair with them.

Our story is not just about sarees – it is about a fascinating art and the artists behind it. It is a story about the purity of weaving a saree by hand, which is a vital part of India’s heritage. It is a tribute to the spirit of womanhood.

For us, a saree represents six yards of pure extravagance, a fusion of colours with traditional handwoven motifs. Behind every saree is a fascinating story. For generations, skilled artisans and their families have dedicated themselves to keeping their traditional art form alive. And appreciating this labour of love is our consumer, the avant-garde, independent Indian woman who, despite her global outlook, has an aesthetic sense deeply rooted in Indian traditions.

Six Yard Story intertwines the purity of making a saree with the stylish, understated sophistication of a woman who proudly flaunts her Indianness through her sartorial choices. And our story does not have an ending, because tradition has to be carried forward, and we are playing a small but important part in making sure that this legacy stays alive.

By reviving authentic handloom products, our brand is playing a vital part in promoting responsible fashion and paving the way for a sustainable future.

The New Fashion Initiative

The New Fashion Initiative, USA

A foundation creating interdisciplinary education and communications initiatives to promote circularity, collaboration and accountability in fashion.

Storyloom Films

Story loom Film, India

Storyloom Films is a four year old fruitful partnership of two women filmmakers and has to its credit several short films including our National award-winning short, 'Weaves of Maheshwar’. They have collaborated with Fashion Revolution, British Council, Women’s Earth Alliance, Good Earth, Contemporary Craft Ideas and more to create timeless films about issues that touch people's hearts wherever they are.




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