Two years down the track and I am finally starting a little series about the makers. So many products I have in the store are not only here because I love the way they look but I also love the story, I am a bit of a sucker for a happy story. Every couple of weeks or so I will share a makers story with you, sometimes direct from the maker but others through online research and imagery.
I hope you will enjoy getting to know these lovely people and products as much as I will.
ARMADILLO & CO.
I truly and utterly beleive in this beautiful brand. Not only do the designers and their makers create a beautiful product that many of us would love to have in our homes they also do a great deal of good in the communities where their goods are produced.
Their is no point retelling their story as they do it so well so instead here is a little taste of what you can find on their website here
the daisy rug $220
Collaboration is our inspiration. We work intently with each other, our artisans and our clients. We follow our instincts, get excited and combine thinking to let ideas unfold, expand and evolve. These ideas come from little things. Perhaps a shadow, a tile, a piece of folded paper to big themes, like travel, memories and family. They also come from aiming to better what our weavers do best. Adding our unique aesthetic to their innate understanding combines their craft skills with our artistic vision.
Yes, we do get all goose-bumpy when we’re crouched down on the floor for a month in India with our makers (which we do regularly!). We adore our ‘dye master’. We know our weavers’ families. And we always keep it real when it comes to production.
Beyond anything, we expect the unexpected.
Our artisans are our extended family. We treat them all with the care, respect and love one would a father, a mother, a sister or a brother. The intricate tradition of carpet weaving has been passed down through generations, so many of our people are indeed families. They are all carefully selected for both their hands and their heart – that is, not just their skills but their sensitivity to our design vision. And every individual is treated like one.
They are paid above average wages.They are integral to their local community’s livelihood.Most importantly, they
are carrying on a lineage that deserves preservation.
We believe handicraft like theirs needs to be in good hands.
Care & Fair is an initiative against illegal child labour in the carpet production industry in India, Nepal and Pakistan. We are ardent supporters and vocal advocates of this cause.
At Armadillo&Co, we voluntarily collaborate with this vitally important organisation.
We are consciously active when it comes to community involvement and evolvement and we contribute financially to the local education of our weaver’s children. Absolutely no child labour is in any way employed in our rug making.
When purchasing any rug or carpet made in India, look for the ‘KALEEN’ label. Issued by the Carpet Export Promotion Council
of India, it guarantees that child labour was not used in manufacture. Naturally, all of our rugs made in India carry this label.
We believe in giving back – it’s the best way we can back those who give so much to us.
Visit care-fair.org for more information.
THE ANGANWADI PROJECT
The Anganwadi Project is an Australian grassroots non-profit association, working in the urban slums of Gujarat, India. Saleesh, pictured, is just one of thousands of underprivileged children they are reaching out to.
They provide simple, safe, environmentally sustainable and beautiful learning spaces by sending volunteer teams of qualified design professionals to build schools and centres. Here children of all denominations benefit from a nurturing environment as well as an education, hygiene and nutrition to better their health and opportunities. The Anganwadi Project’s relies solely on donations from individuals and companies for funding. Volunteers pay their own way and give their time to the project free of charge.
Armadillo&Co passionately believes all children should thrive, not just survive, and we are excited to offer our ongoing sponsorship. Currently we are donating to their next goal of building more preschools, in order to build more futures.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know this brand a little better and all of these beautiful images and text are from-
ARMADILLO & CO