Periodically you will see me write about what I’ve been calling fair trade crochet organizations. This refers to the work of companies that pay people (usually women in developing nations) to crochet items for a fair wage and then the item is sold online and in America and other first world stores to create a profit. I’m very interested in, fascinated by and supportive of these projects because of the fact that they allow women to earn a much-needed income for their families doing traditional as well as contemporary craft work. I want to tell you about another one of these organizations today: Le Souk.
About Le Souk
Le Souk is a company founded by Netherlands design lover Danielle de Lange who travels around the world to find hand-crafted items that will appeal to a modern market. Le Souk works with artisans in a number of countries to offer customers a range of items for the home including rugs and furniture as well as select other items like things for babies.
How Le Souk Helps
Le Souk gets its items from artisans in other countries. Additionally, this organization donates a minimum of 5% of all profits to an organization called Women for Women. They explain on their website: “This nongovernmental organisation helps women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives by providing them with job skills training, rights education, access to capital, assistance in small business development and financial and emotional support.”
Le Souk Crochet
I first noticed Le Souk because of a post this week over at Style Files that featured this adorable crocheted bunting bag which I love in part because of the smart button detail:
I’ve been wanting to make some crochet baskets lately so of course I had to check out theirs which, like all of their other stuff, have a great earthy feel:
It looks like the crochet items from Le Souk come mostly from crafters in Nepal. The site says: “They are handmade by women in Nepal. The women earn a honest salary and work under good conditions. At the end of the year the employees receive a part of the profit.”
One exception to the Nepalese crochet is a set of cute crochet mobiles made by a Danish brand called Sebra:
Other Fair Trade Crochet Organizations
Some of the other posts on fair trade crochet organizations that I’ve written include:
- AHA Bolivia: Fair Trade Knit and Crochet Designs
- Cool Crochet Aluminum Tab Accessories (Fair Trade)
- Cordo Bags from Colombia
- Former Model Helps Kenyan Women Work with Crochet
- HIV + Rwandan Genocide Survivors Empowered by Crochet
- Jishike Social Couture Provides Crochet Work to Women in Africa
Note: I want to add a note here to say that I don’t do extensive research into the legitimacy of these fair trade crochet organizations. I do basic online research to make sure that they seem legit and always report only on those that I believe truly are doing good work around the world.