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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.



Many of our Artisan Partners in Vietnam have special needs. Their work as artisans provides them with rare job opportunities and shatters the stereotype that people with special needs are a burden to society.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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!