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ABOUT US

OUR STORY

Artesana Love shares the love and celebration of the Andes in South America, its vibrant millenarian culture, and our commitment to bring you the beautifully crafted art created in the soulful way that indigenous artisans in the highlands interact with the world.

Our products showcase the positive attitude of the Andean culture with its bright colors, intricate textures, and natural fibers and dyes. These artisanal pieces are made of natural fibers such as wool, alpaca, toquilla straw are gentler for our bodies, the environment, and our planet. 

 

It was created in 2022 by a Peruvian mom in love with the Andean civilization, folklore traditions, rhythm and the vibrant culture still alive since Pre-Incan times.

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OUR PROCESS

As a female-run business we seek harmony and aspire to maintain the natural balance between the beauty of the Andean heritage, the functional needs of a modern woman, and creating fair opportunities for our indigenous artisan partners. 

In this cooperation, we co-design and offer you uniquely crafted art that is skillfully prepared following traditional techniques carried by generations of Quechua, Aymara indigenous communities. 

These products are made through ethical practices that compensate artisans fairly and uses locally available materials when possible.

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THE ARTISANS

   We developed a relationship with ten different artisan families or female-run cooperatives in Peru, visited their workshops to understand their talents, needs and have developed a respectful relationship with them. Our partners are located in five different Peruvian regions Cuzco, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Piura, and Lima, each focused on different techniques, and specialties to work with natural fibers.

Our goal is to continue placing orders throughout the year which allows them to sustain their families, and their local economies while maintaining their culture and traditions.

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Fair Trade Beliefs

Principle 1: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers

To reduce poverty through trade and business is one of the many aims of Fair Trade. Enterprises that follow the fair trade business model support small producers by partnering with them on opportunities to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Principle 2. Transparency and Accountability

Enterprises should ensure transparency and accountability among its stakeholders. Ensuring dialogue and participation from employees/artisans is key to this system. Both members and producers are encouraged to become active participants of the decision-making process. Transparency and accountability reflects at all levels of the supply chain.

Principle 3. Fair Trading Practices

Fair trade enterprises must have genuine concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of artisans and producers. No business has the right to exploit people for gain and profitability.
At the same time, enterprises must maintain constant and open communication, not just with their workers, but also with their trading partners and other fair trade organizations in their country to build healthy and fair competition.
On another note, fair trade gives importance to the cultural identity and traditional skills of a region by promoting and elevating small producers.

Principle 4. Payment of a Fair Price

Producers receive fair prices and wages for their work. Using an open dialogue and participation, the pay and price are agreed upon, which is amenable to the producers. At the same time this must include costs for marketability and sustainability of the products in the open marketplace. Fair pay means provision of socially acceptable remuneration (in the local context) considered by producers themselves to be fair and which takes into account the principle of equal pay for equal work by women and men.

Principle 5. Ensuring no Child Labor and Forced Labor

Abiding and adhering to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as national and local laws involving the employment of children, fair trade organizations must ensure that there are no children involved in labor and production.

Principle 6. Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment and Freedom of Association

Inclusivity despite diversity is at the core of every fair trade certified organization. What does this entail? Fair trade enterprises do not discriminate in the terms of hiring, wage and pay, access to training based on race, nationality, religion, gender or sexual orientation, political affiliation, status or age.
The spirit of fair trade is about ensuring that every individual is given equal recognition and opportunity. This also means that producers have access to resources to become productive and acquire the ability to influence wider policies and regulations to better shape their lives while being able to take care of the environment.

Principle 7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions

A healthy and safe environment should be provided for by fair trade agencies to their members by complying to the national and local laws with regard to health and safety. Whether it be the working hours or the working environment, fair trade enterprises must comply and continue to raise awareness on this aspect of work conditions.

Principle 8. Providing Capacity Building

It is the responsibility of fair trade organizations to develop the skills and capabilities of both employees or members. By working directly with small producers, Fair Trade enterprises are compelled to develop specific activities to help these producers improve their management skills, production capabilities and access to markets.

Principle 9. Promoting Fair Trade

Promote, promote, promote. Embodying the fair trade spirit entails each organization promote and advocate for greater justice in world trade through Fair Trade. This is done by providing information about itself, the products it markets, and the producers, organizations, or members that make or harvest the products.

Principle 10. Respect for the Environment

Fair Trade certified organizations are encouraged to source raw materials from the local community or least impact to the environment. Technology used in production should seek energy reduction, gearing towards renewable and sustainable energy technologies. All organizations should make use of packaging materials that are Eco-friendly--- recycled, up-cycled or biodegradable.

Since we started in 2022, we have developed personal relationships of mutual help and respect with our partner artisans. While we work on our formal Fair-Trade certification, we are resolute to follow their principles, specially ensuring that our partners have safe working conditions, are paid timely and fairly for their skilled work, and there is no child-labor. See the 10 principles of Fair Trade below:

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