Pacific Artisan Network
increasing women's empowerment through fair and sustainable trade
Many of the artisans selling to Pacific Artisan are members of organisations that are working to increase women's economic empowerment through fair and sustainable incomes and preserve culture and traditional forms of handicraft. Please see the Pacific Artisan Network below for more information about those organisations.
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The Alola Foundation is a not for profit nongovernment organisation in Timor-Leste working to nurture women leaders and advocate for the rights of women. Alola's Economic Empowerment Program works with women's groups in rural areas of Timor-Leste to support women to use their weaving skills for income generation and culture preservation through weaving. Shop Timor-Leste >
The Solomon Islands Women's Shellmoney Association was established in 2014 to support Langalanga women living in the remote outer islands of the Solomons. Traditionally a form of currency, Shellmoney is a beautifully crafted string of sea shell beads. The Association works to showcse and promote production of shellmoney jewellery and increase sales for the Association's three hundred members and their families. Shop Shellmoney >
The Kiribati Handicraft Association supports handicraft producers in Kiribati to sell their products and maintain traditional weaving skills. The Association works with the Kiribati Cultural Centre and weavers on the Outer Islands and focuses on cultural values, community and traditional weaving methods. Handicraft is the sole source of income for most of the women members. Shop Kiribati >
Founded in 2012, the Ernas Women's Centre in Vanuatu is a grass-roots, sustainable earthbag building, water tank construction and education project for displaced women and children from all over Vanuatu. The Centre has more than 200 members, many of whom make their income by weaving and selling their products at local markets in Vanuatu. Shop Vanuatu >
Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a signatory to the Indigenous Art code, is a dynamic social enterprise of the NPY Women's Council. Tjanpi ('dry grass') supports Aboriginal women living in the remote Australian Central and Western deserts to create fibre art. When collecting desert grasses (minarri, wangurnu and yirlintji), women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach children about country.
True Tonga Inc was established to increase opportunities for sustainable livlihoods of artisans in the informal sector in Tonga. True Tonga provides training and marketing support for artisans and focusses on use of local resources, authenticity, preservation of culture, and increased income opportunity for artisans most of whom are women. Shop Tonga >
Ma Té Sai means “where is it from?” in Lao language. We handpick and design beautiful textiles handmade by women from villages across Laos. Some of our artisans are from remote and rural Laos, making traditional handicraft; some are farmers growing local produce; and some are disadvantaged, working in workshops in villages of Vientiane, where they are developing new skills and a better life. All are proud and happy to share their skills and traditions with you, Shop Laos >