Artisan Partners

Since Threads Worldwide was founded, we’ve partnered with artisans in 15+ countries to make our collection of fair trade jewelry and accessories.

Each piece of Threads jewelry tells a unique story of the woman who made it. Many of the artisan cooperatives we work with employ women who are survivors of sex trafficking, deaf, or otherwise struggling with social, economic, and political hardships.

Through dignified work in a nourishing environment, women are able to pull themselves out of poverty and thrive. Traditions that have been passed down for centuries are preserved in the making of jewelry, and we’re honored to open these pieces up to a global marketplace. 

Meet our Artisan Partners

Read about the incredible artisans we’re working with in 2017.

Asia

Many of our Artisan Partners in Asia are survivors of sex trafficking. By learning how to make jewelry, they gain a safe work environment, self worth, access to education and counseling, and the chance to heal.

Cambodia

Our Artisan Partners in Cambodia use upcycled materials including newspaper, rice bags, and cement bags to create one-of-a-kind wallets and bags. Many of the artisans are survivors of sex trafficking.

Ecuador

In South America, it is common for families to move to cities in search of work. Our Artisan Partners in Ecuador are able to earn an income without leaving their village, keeping their families together and allowing them to invest in education for their children.

Ethiopia

Many of our Artisan Partners in Ethiopia are HIV-positive, and have been ostracized from their communities due to stigma around HIV. As artisans, they find refuge from judgement and a supportive work environment while earning a fair income and rebuilding their lives.

Guatemala

In Guatemala, our Artisan Partners use traditional techniques inspired by Mayan culture to create beautiful beaded jewelry. With their earnings, artisans invest in resources like smokeless stoves, solar light bulbs, organic farming, and water filtration that benefit their entire community.

India

Many women in India are marginalized because of their gender or social caste. Through life-changing work as artisans, women advance socially and economically, empowering them to send their children to school rather than to beg on the streets.

Indonesia

Through their cooperative, our Artisan Partners in Bali gain access to life-changing services includingsoft loans, sanitary plumbing, farming support, and even access to cows that help agriculture thrive.

Kenya

The unemployment rate among Kenya’s deaf community is around 85%. Our Artisan Partners create jobs where women can earn an income and contribute to their families regardless of hearing impairments.

Malawi

Our Artisan Partners in Malawi learn the marketable skill of sewing, empowering them to earn a fair wage, invest in the education of their children, and feed their families three meals a day. The majority have even opened their own tailoring business!

Uganda

Our Artisan Partners in Uganda believe the long-term solution of job creation will break the cycle of poverty. By offering the opportunity to earn fair wages, this cooperative empowers women to invest in food, shelter, and education.

Vietnam

In Vietnam, our Artisan Partners give disadvantaged women employment opportunities they would otherwise struggle to find. The cooperative provides artisans with housing, transportation, and occupational training as well as a supportive community free of judgement.