Threads of Life is a fair trade business that uses culture and
conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia. The
heirloom-quality textiles and baskets we commission are made with local
materials and natural dyes. With the proceeds from the Threads of Life
gallery, we help weavers to form independent cooperatives and to manage
their resources sustainably.
Aesthetically and economically, natural dyes are at the heart of
Threads of Life's mission. But buying naturally dyed textiles is not
an end in itself; our support for natural dyes is also a means to
address environmental conservation.
Depletion of local forests and loss of diversity in managed
gardens threatens subsistence farmers across Indonesia. Without a
solid plan for conservation, rising demand for naturally dyed
textiles can quickly lead to scarcity of natural dye materials. Only
a committed business partner who offers long-term financial security
over short-term gain can provide the incentives for sustainable
Threads of Life and its partner organization, the
YPBB Foundation, take on that role everywhere we
work. Our field staff works with local cooperatives
to develop sustainable harvesting techniques and
efficient use of natural resources.