Welcome to Stories: Hand-to-Home blog from Le Tattva, where we invite you into our community to learn more about the people, traditions and behind our selection of fairly-traded artisanal home décor. Le Tattva cares about more than just beautiful products. Our artisans are central to why we do what we do, and we are excited to create a community here that connects our worlds, bridging great distances as each product tells a story and travels from their hands to your home.
Behind every handcrafted product is an artisan who created it. Le Tattva would not exist without our artisans. Despite being highly skilled, artisans in India often remain hidden, along with their stories and an understanding of their craft. By working closely together, our focus is on uplifting and empowering our artisan partners to continue perfecting their craft, keeping their traditions alive and becoming successful entreprenuers. We are passionate about sharing their beautiful, handmade products with the world and ensuring that they are paid well and supported in creating a sustainable lifestyle for themselves and their communities.
Why fairly traded?
In many interior décor stores, products inspired by travel are found in abundance—woven baskets, rugs, embroidered cushions, furniture and dinnerware for example. In many cases, these products are mechanically reproduced in workshops that pay low wages to their workers and don’t necessarily create safe working environments. This leads to a high poverty rate amongst artisans worldwide. Without the means to support their families, the artisans are unable to pay for children’s education, invest in their communities, and in some cases even put food on the table each night.
At Le Tattva, our mission is to uplift artisans worldwide while bringing their beautiful, handmade goods to market through fairly-traded channels. By sourcing ethically, and partnering only with artisan partners that are certified fair trade or directly committed to fair trade principles, we ensure that you can feel good about the artisanal pieces we curate in our boutique.
Fair Trade Home
If you are like most people, images of coffee and chocolate come to mind when you think of “Fair Trade” products. But Fair Trade goods extend much further than food. Artisans all over the world create modern interior decorations while preserving the knowledge and craftsmanship that comes from centuries old techniques. By purchasing products and filling your home with fair trade products, you help ensure the preservation of the savoir-faire the artisan holds within them, the ability to provide for their families, and the empowerment to invest in themselves and their communities.
Below are our tips and tricks to building a Fair Trade Home, one piece at a time.
How to build a Fair Trade Home