THE TECHNIQUE : EMBROIDERY
Artisans intricately embroider some of our beautiful pillows at The Little Market. Embroidery is the handcraft of designing fabric or other materials with simply a needle and thread or yarn. The technique has been found worldwide and can be dated back to ancient times. To make our pillows, artisans cut the cotton cloth, draw the design of the pillow by free-hand, and embroider it using a stitch technique.
Once the design has been sewn on, the artisan washes the piece to erase the drawing previously made, irons it, and stitches the hemline of the pillow by hand or with a sewing machine. Overall, the time to make this product depends on the design, but on average it takes between 20-25 days. For larger pieces, it can take between 90-120 days.
Madam Carmelle at Haiti Design Co-op is a seamstress by trade, but one of her strongest talents is decorative embroidery, a traditional Haitian craft. While working from home with her daughter, Ismalle, Madam Carmelle makes the beautiful message banners at Haiti Design Co-op. After her daughter traces words and/or images onto the fabric, Carmelle embroiders the inspirational fair trade piece. Her daughter would like to become a lawyer, and Carmelle has worked hard in order to purchase land and send Ismalle to school.
The women artisans of Bordados Arcoiris come from six communities in Tenango, state of Hidalgo, Mexico. They embroider what their grandmothers taught them, and are proud to keep Tenango embroidery alive. With colorful string, the women draw the traditions of the Hidalgo people, illustrating everyday life, including their native plants and animals, as well as their crop cultivation.
Haiti Design Co-op is a community-based nonprofit that was founded in 2014 by Josh and Chandler Busby. The main mission behind the organization is to create sustainable development through design, training, and job creation; the nonprofit’s mantra comes from an old Haitian proverb that means “Many hands make the load light.” All of the artisans at Haiti Design Co-op work together, and the organization and community development committee provide resources such as healthcare and educational seminars on leadership development training and mental health awareness.