THE TECHNIQUE : SEWING
Many artisans who are partners with The Little Market sew beautiful, fair trade pieces. More than 24 women at Haiti Design Co. are part of the group’s sewing team. The talented artisans create beautiful products such as handbags, soft leather goods, and homewares. Textile manufacturing does not occur within Haiti, so the denim and canvas pieces that Haiti Design Co. artisans use to make products arrive from jeans factories located in the Dominican Republic. Haiti Design Co. aims to maximize the sustainability and the impact of the process followed to make these handmade products.
Across communities within Bangladesh, you’ll find around 6,000 inspiring female artisans working with CORR - The Jute Works helping to craft beautiful goods including our PURPOSEfull totes. The majority of the women are illiterate and live in rural areas. Through this nonprofit social enterprise, they are able to develop their skills and earn fair wages.
Durable and environmentally conscious, these meaningful bags are made from locally sourced, ready-made jute fibers, which grow well in Bangladesh’s climate. CORR - The Jute Works has a sewing center in Mirerbazar and works with producer groups within the city of Dhaka to sew these bags. This process can take approximately an hour and half based on the sizes, designs, and materials, without accounting for screen printing. Our Product Development and Design Team at The Little Market works together to provide hand-lettering and font styles that are then screen-printed by hand using AZO-free reactive colors at CORR - The Jute Works. We are proud to work with the skilled artisans as they preserve a technique that is passed down across generations. Every piece is an intricately designed work of art.
Haiti Design Co. 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. 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.
In Bangladesh, CORR - The Jute Works empowers rural women through handicraft production. The artisans create their goods while using local materials and can work around their household schedules. CORR - The Jute Works provides them with job training and helps to develop their leadership skills. These reusable bags are made following the traditional technique of braiding jute. Exclusively made for The Little Market, the bags also feature our graphic designer’s hand-lettering for a personal touch.