We purchase products from our artisan partners at fair trade wages and with artisan groups modelled on the principles of fair trade. We pay our artisans upfront to ensure they are guaranteed income they rely on for their families and immediate needs.
Our partnerships are founded on trust and respect. We are dedicated to forging relationships with our artisans that will last decades. Our partners can focus on their craft, knowing they have the security they need to keep creating.
We respect the fair prices set by our artisans, knowing they know best when it comes to their needs and cost of living. We ensure they are paid quickly and work with partner organizations that focus on community impact within artisan communities.
In the spirit of fair trade, we prioritize products made from up-cycled materials and which use sustainable craftsman methods. We are committed to working with partners on all levels that leave a minimal impact on the environment.
We do our best to protect and ensure the cultural identity and traditional skillset of our artisan partners. We value the traditional design and techniques behind each product, some of which have been passed down for generations.
We prioritize the stories and advocate for rights for our artisan partners to cultivate connection across continents. We are dedicated to bringing our artisans and their craft to the forefront of Le Tattva, shining the light on the humans behind the products.
At Le Tattva, we pay a 50% advance payment to our artisans, which enables them to procure the raw materials necessary to create and offers them protection from predatory loans needed to secure the highest quality materials. We pay the final 50% of the payment upon completion of the order, purchasing the products outright and taking on 100% of the risk of sale, so our artisans never have to worry.
We partner only with organizations dedicated to providing fair wages, safe and clean working environments, health insurance, environmental awareness, employment access for women and empowering our artisans to create sustainable business practices.
We care deeply about the Earth. This is why we collaborate, pay attention, and encourage artisans to use sustainable crafting methods and recycled materials in their handcrafts. To offset the carbon footprint of shipping internationally, profits from each purchase go to support 1% For the Planet. We are committed to plastic-free packaging whenever possible and encourage the reuse and recycling of our packaging in the home.
Operating closely with fair trade principles, each purchase at Le Tattva helps support and maintain the culture and communities of our artisans. In addition, each purchase also directly goes to support childhood education in India thanks to our partnership with Vidya and Child, which helps to build workshops, fund healthcare and education initiatives and additional community projects as needed.
We strive to foster connections between the makers and our customers by sharing the artisan’s stories as well as the tradition, materials and skill behind each of their handmade products.