The brand is all about celebrating the skills of artisans and promoting a fairer fashion industry for all. We all have an impact, so let’s make it a positive one.
Working in India & Cambodia, I work slowly and thoughtfully to create products that align and honour the artisans skills.
I try to work with producer groups that are led by women, or that actively support women and equality within the workplace.
For me it’s so important that the makers have freedom to use their voice and that their voice is respected.
I don’t put unnecessary time pressures or demands on the relationship, I care about building partnerships that will last & grow.
To me a new dress or piece of jewellery is so much more than that. When you know how your fashion pieces are made, they carry so much more weight. They tell a story and that’s what makes each piece so special.
The Maia Collection is sewn in a tailoring and embroidery unit based in Kolkata. The organisation was set up in the 1970’s to provide work from marginalised women from the surrounding urban areas. There are 35 women that work at the unit, with others taking on work from home projects. Workers are paid fairly, respected and are employed under fair trade principles.
I work with a weavers group based in West Bengal, the organisation was started in the 1970’s to improve working conditions of the weavers, located in Tamluk, India. This traditional craft requires a lot of skill, there is no electricity used so workers will often remain in the village. The artisans are paid fairly and under fair trade, the Maia Collection is handwoven organic fair trade cotton.
The recycled brass jewellery is made by artisans in Cambodia. I work directly with a fair trade project based inPhnom Penh.The brass is collected from waste bombshell casings which has littered the Cambodian countryside since the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. It is melted down and turned into items of beauty and peace. With an aim to turn something so negative into positivity. The project provides work for disadvantaged men and women who are still affected by the aftermath of the war.
I recently started working with a fair trade silver workshop based in New Delhi, India.The workshop was set up to provide training plus safe & fair work for women living in a poor urban area of Delhi. The project has only been running for a few years, they are working to break the stereotype that skilled silversmith work is only suitable for men.