THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Matr Boomie
A wholesale fair trade collection that marries modern design with traditional art forms, Matr Boomie creates opportunities for the disadvantaged to realize their creative, economic, and leadership potential. The organization partners with women’s groups, minorities, people with special needs, urban slums, and isolated rural communities to empower artisans through dignified, sustainable employment.
This scarf was created using a traditional Japanese method known as Shibori, a process of dyeing cloth in which stitching, binding, folding, and compressing are used to create the desired geometric and tie-dye patterns. The intricacies of this demanding craft have been passed down through many generations to the women whose hands expertly crafted your new piece.
In western Rajasthan, India, economic opportunity is scarce. Most residents of this dry desert region rely on crafts, tourism, and mining for their livelihoods. The small group of Muslim women responsible for making your scarf inherited knowledge of its Shibori technique from their mothers and grandmothers.
While they continue the work of past generations, the current generation’s fair trade partnership with Matr Boomie connects them with international markets, setting forth exciting new prospects for economic stability and the future of both their families and their art.