Since Threads Worldwide was founded, we’ve partnered with artisans in 15+ countries to make our collection of fair trade jewelry and accessories.
Each piece of Threads jewelry tells a unique story of the woman who made it. Many of the artisan cooperatives we work with employ women who are survivors of sex trafficking, deaf, or otherwise struggling with social, economic, and political hardships.
Through dignified work in a nourishing environment, women are able to pull themselves out of poverty and thrive. Traditions that have been passed down for centuries are preserved in the making of jewelry, and we’re honored to open these pieces up to a global marketplace.
Meet our Artisan Partners
Read about the incredible artisans we’re working with in 2017.
Many of our Artisan Partners in Ethiopia are HIV-positive, and have been ostracized from their communities due to stigma around HIV. As artisans, they find refuge from judgement and a supportive work environment while earning a fair income and rebuilding their lives.
In Guatemala, our Artisan Partners use traditional techniques inspired by Mayan culture to create beautiful beaded jewelry. With their earnings, artisans invest in resources like smokeless stoves, solar light bulbs, organic farming, and water filtration that benefit their entire community.