Kikulu partners with various fair trade organizations and individual artists around the world. Fair trade handmade crafts help sustain lives and communities, and when you buy fair trade products you can guarantee that those who have worked hard get a fair price. Buying Fair trade is a way of giving support to many families in impoverished communities.
Learn More About Our Partners & Artisans:
Meet Maribel Malgua:
Maribel lives in Otavalo, Ecuador. Otavalo is in northern Ecuador just hours from the Colombian border and is a largely Indigenous town surrounded by the peaks of three major volcanoes. Maribel is of Indigenous descent and grew up in a small village. She is a skilled artist and makes beautiful handmade crochet handbags. She began crocheting at the age of 17 to help support her family. Each bag takes her 6-8 hours to complete. Her bags are made from only the best yarn and buttons from coconut shells, tagua nuts, and tocte which is a local type of wood. Maribel currently works with her sister and several other women from her village so she can teach them how to crochet as well. In the near future, Kikulu hopes to work with Maribel in starting a woman's co-op initiative and skills training workshop so that she can work with other women in her community.
Ari lives in Ubud, Indonesia. Ubud is a cultural little town on the island of Bali and is the center for the arts, dance, and music. Ari and his family have been making handmade batik items such as bags, clothing, and yoga mats for over ten years. Batik is a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax resisting dye technique. Batik has notable meanings rooted to the Javanese conceptualization of the universe. In 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian Batik as a masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Meet Ni Made Ariani:
Ariani lives Ubud, Indonesia. Ubud is a cultural little town on the island of Bali and is the center for the arts, dance, and music. Ariani's specialty is sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She owns a small shop in Ubud, and she helps support over 50 women in surrounding villages through purchasing their handmade items as well.
Other Fair Trade Items:
In addition to buying from our partner artists, we also seek out supporting organizations that are doing amazing work on the ground. All of the fair trade organizations we buy from are training and educating women or have skills training facilities for women in areas affected by oppression and poverty.
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