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.
Supporting Women's Weaving
Threads of Life works directly with over 1,000 women in more than
35 cooperative groups on islands from Kalimantan to Timor. The
common question among these cooperatives is, “How do we maintain our
culture and identity, and make a living at the same time?”
Threads of Life helps to answer this question. Our business model
uses real markets to reward cultural integrity, promote conservation
of the environment, and empower families in some of the world's
poorest places to lift themselves out of poverty.