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Documenting the Journey

  • Colores del Pueblo

    The stars aligned in my search for fair trade textiles because the first shop I discovered was the amazing Colores Del Pueblo. By purchasing this fabric we are supporting the weavers through fair wages and the continuation of cultural traditions.
  • Scouring the Globe for Fair Trade Textiles

    I knew that fair trade fabric was out there, but it was not easily available locally. My next step was to figure out how to find these communities of global artisans. I decided to utilize the websites for the World Fair Trade Organization and Common Objective to source vendors.
  • Start Where You Are

    Sourcing global textiles for me is about more than collecting beautiful fabric, it is also a way to support under resourced communities in a dignified and long lasting way. However, the beauty of handwoven textile is jaw dropping, so in my opinion this work is a win-win!
  • Experimenting with Tote Bags

    When I first started making tote bags I lived just a few blocks away from a local discount fabric store. I would often lose hours browsing and examining all of the fabric and materials. Through trial and error, I learned which fabric was most suitable for my tote bags.  
  • Black and Brown Founders

    I was ready to get started working on my business but I needed help. One day I overheard someone talking about on organization called Black and Brown Founders. Their motto is to start with the resources that you naturally have and bootstrap your way to your vision.
  • Pursuing Entrepreneurship

    For the past few years I have been selling my hand-made tote bags on Etsy. Working a full-time job, combined with my other responsibilities, meant that I was not able to prioritize my Etsy shop.  This year I decided to use what I learned from my Etsy shop and channel my efforts into progressing my business.