Artisans

Hisar Anatolian Support Society

Hisar Anatolian Support Society

The Hisar Anatolian Support Society (HADD) works with 130 women aged between 16 and 24 from low-income large nomadic families who were forced to migrate to the city of Van in Eastern Turkey.  The Association consists of five ateliers (workshops) under the supervision and training of Mr. Enver Özkahraman, a master of Kilim weaving and natural yarn dyes. Armed conflicts during the 90s forced the women’s communities to abandon their nomadic... continue reading
Jirawong Wongtrangon

Jirawong Wongtrangon

From a young age Ji knew he wanted to do work that was creative and experimental. His father was a natural craftsman and while he didn’t pursue it as a career, he showed Ji how to make things and mix colors together. As a child, Ji could often be found making toys from pieces of wood or experimenting with materials and objects. A perfectionist and reserved by nature, Ji regularly... continue reading
Nattawut (Bic) Ruckprasit

Nattawut (Bic) Ruckprasit

A self-described naughty schoolboy, Bic found the arts allowed him to focus his energy and cause less trouble in the classroom. Today, Bic is a laidback, happy-go-lucky man who lives by the motto ‘simple is perfect’. He applies this to both his work and attitude to life in general. He creates his most creative work when he is feeling positive and can be found working any time of the day... continue reading
Piankusol

Piankusol

The art of silk weaving has been in the Piankusol family for over 200 years, the name is highly renowned for the best in Thai silk. It all began with one Chiang Mai woman’s fascination for the beauty of silk, before the luxurious fiber had the same notoriety that it does today. In order to make ends meet, she spent days walking to Burma, where she sold her silk, and... continue reading
Women of Matabeleland

Women of Matabeleland

Women of Matabeleland is made up of 10 women from a small village in Zimbabwe. Since forming in 1994 they have been selling their baskets and woven products to support their families.  Traditionally, women produced crafts to supplement their income and to have a reason to gather and enjoy the craft as a hobby. However the onset of HIV/AIDS, along with longer periods of drought and poor crops has led... continue reading
Ziya Kenya

Ziya Kenya

Ziya Kenya is a Nairobi based organisation working with artisan communities from around the country. Kenya has more than 40 ethnic tribes, each with different trades and skills that have been passed down from previous generations. Many of the artisans skills today are self-taught by talented and enterprising individuals who share their knowledge as their businesses grow. All the pieces produced by Ziya incorporate the many talents of these diverse communities and include glass blowing, beading, horn... continue reading
Slowstitch Studio

Slowstitch Studio

Slowstitch Studio is the work of Serge and Ann – two young textile artists based in Northern Thailand. Their partnership is the result of a fortuitous meeting in Japan, where both were studying under the same craftsman. Serge was born in Siberia and fell into the world of textiles and handicrafts when wandering rural Japan. After becoming a student of a local craftsman who had been living in nearby mountains... continue reading
Bua Bhat

Bua Bhat

Bua Bhat’s philosophy is to create from waste, upcyling left over fabrics and other materials into home decorative arts. The manufacturing process is also eco-friendly. They are located in Kor-Sa-Leam village in a well-known handicraft area northeast of Chiang Mai, Thailand. A native tribe called Yong makes up much of the population in the region. The Yong are gifted craftsman, especially in fabric weaving and their products are inspired by... continue reading