Baba Tree Baskets - Ghana

Founded 15 years ago by Gregory ‘Ayinedollah’ MacCarthy in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana.  Baba Tree is committed to the artisan weavers they collaborate with through the progressive creation of sustainable jobs, fair and meaningful work, and true social impact in the local community. They continue to focus on providing income-earning opportunities for Gurunsi artisans and a global marketplace to celebrate their incredible craftsmanship.  You will quite simply not find better quality craftmanship, they are the BEST!

Ndomo - Mali

Segou is a quiet little town on the banks of the Niger River, it is known as the capital of mud cloth and it is where textile designer Boubacar Doumbia built his workshop 16 years ago, and named it Ndomo - which means "the quest for knowledge" in local Bambara language.  Here he welcomed young people who had no opportunity to receive formal education into his collective. Following the traditional model of youth apprenticeship in Mali, Boubacar teaches professional, people and life skills in the Ndomo community, encouraging his apprentices to become independent, creative, and innovative entrepreneurs.

People of The Sun - Malawi

Malawi’s artisans have a centuries-old craft tradition using natural resources and generations of indigenous knowledge.  Unfortunately these time honored cultural traditions, embedded in craftsmanship, are in danger of being lost and artisans are too often underserved as part of the informal economy.
   People of the Sun is committed to reviving these techniques, through business innovation and a shift in consumer perception surrounding the value of handcraft, through design.
  We help low-income artisans build sustainable businesses, which will raise their income and standard of living. In turn this will preserve their cultural heritage and ensure indigenous skills survive for the next generation.   At the same time we aim to provide you with the most beautiful products and put a smile on your face!

In 2015 People of the Sun was awarded the SEED Award for its sustainable and innovative business model.

The Owlery - United Kingdom

The Owlery was founded by printmaker and textile artist Benjamin Partridge in late 2013. Specialising in screen print and surface pattern design Benjamin creates home and giftware with original surface pattern designs. 

 Benjamin hand makes most items in house on vintage and modern industrial machinery but where he does work with manufacturers he is proud to work with UK based manufacturers, promoting the continued development and survival of UK industry. 

 Benjamin proudly works from his studio in Yorkshire ArtSpace in Sheffield, home to over 160 artists and makers. 

National Handicraft Centre - Zimbabwe

The NHC was established in 1989 and links various community groups to the market through Crafts Marketing. The company is committed to the development of art and craft producers and the marketing of their wares locally, regionally and internationally. Particular interest is given to the development of rural women who produce 75 percent of the marketed handicrafts. We have a clear mandate of promoting sustainable development through crafts development and marketing. Our desire is to grow the Zimbabwean market into a world class crafts market which can positively contribute to the mainstream economy.  The picture shoes work undertaken by the NHC to improve the working areas of some of the weavers.