ARTISAN PARTNERS


'My passion revolves around supporting women’s and children’s issues. Notably work that empowers women and sustains the communities in which they live.'

 -Margaret

ART ATLAS PERU

Founded twelve years ago, Art Atlas' guiding philosophy supports and empowers women with skill training and entrepreneurship so they can be self-sustaining and builders of a healthy future for their families. Today they support more than 500 families. In addition to creating a positive impact on the lives of these artisans, Art Atlas is committed to sustainability, the principles of fair trade and humane practices. In addition, their foundation delivers school supplies and educational material in poor and remote areas as well as providing much needed medical care.

Margaret O'Leary collaborating with textile artisans on traditional looms in in Peru

Margaret collaborating with Art Atlas artisans in Peru.

Smiling face detail of textile artisan woman in Peru
Hand detail of textile artisan woman in Peru

FAIR TRADE FASHION

GLOBAL ORGANIC STANDARD

+500 FAMILIES SUPPORTED 

MANOS DEL URUGUAY

Manos del Uruguay is dedicated to creating yarns that are beautiful, ethical and sustainable. In their view, every skein is an opportunity to help a Uruguayan woman support her family. Their organization was created in 1968 out of a simple question: How can we improve the quality of life of Uruguay's rural women? The answer was in handcrafts, using skills inherited from their mothers and grandmothers and the raw material at hand: wool. Their intention was to give Uruguay's rural women jobs, that would mean, not just an income, but also an opportunity to personally develop and gain independence, keeping their roots and traditions, close to their community and families. Manos del Uruguay is a proud member of the World Fair Trade Organization, WFTO. Fair trade supports the sustainable development of small producers by offering better commercial conditions and protecting their rights. 

Woman weaving on a traditional wood loom at Manos Del Uruguay
Two women smiling next to rows of died yarn at Manos Del Uruguay
detail of purple and blue hues died yarn at Manos Del Uruguay

WORLD FAIR TRADE MEMBER 

ARTISAN EMPOWERMENT

SUSTAINABLE  PRACTICES