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Ethiopian Cotton Bath Towel - Natural

Made by Creative Women

$ 72.00

Add style to your bathroom with this beautiful hand-woven towel. Ethiopian cotton is elegant and very absorbent. Each purchase empowers artisans at Creative Women in Ethiopia.

Cotton Bath Towel - Natural | Fair Trade | The Little Market

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Details

  • Approximately: 38" wide x 62" long
  • Materials: pure cotton and AZO-free dyes
  • Made using eco-friendly practices and techniques
  • Care instructions: machine washable
  • Towel becomes more absorbent with each wash/dry cycle
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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About The Artisans

About The Artisans

Creative Women

Creative Women is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and is working with 300 artisans from countries including Ethiopia. Seventy-three percent of the artisans are women. In creating opportunities for ethnically diverse artisans groups across Ethiopia, Creative Women is helping preserve traditional techniques. Weavers remain quite a marginalized group, and weaving remains part of the informal sector. The art of weaving is disappearing as the newer generations are opting to leave the trade in search of other employment opportunities. Creative Women approaches ethical design as a counterpoint to mass production.
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THE TECHNIQUE

Artisans at Creative Women practice a beautiful weaving technique. The raw cotton is sourced from local Ethiopian farmers. According to Ethiopian tradition, women remove the seeds and spin the cotton on pedal-driven spinning wheels to create the thread. This process takes more time than the actual weaving and requires much skill to ensure consistent thread width. If the design involves color variations, the hand-spun thread is then dyed.

Artisans at Creative Women use AZO-free dyes and residue is properly disposed. Production techniques are eco-friendly, as they require no electricity. Hand-spun cotton is lightweight and versatile and becomes more absorbent with each wash/dry cycle. Artisans at Creative Women are incredibly inspiring, and we are proud to work with them as a preserve a wonderful weaving technique.
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About The Country

Ethiopia

Africa’s oldest independent country, Ethiopia is a country with more than 80 different ethnic groups, and each group conserves its identity through food, language, and colors and translates their diverse traditions into handcrafts unique to each culture. Ethiopian culture is vast with artistic expression and traditional handcraft skills. From precious religious artifacts to everyday utilitarian objects, the Ethiopian aesthetic reflects a culture gifted with a deep history and human creativity. Traditionally, local artisans manufacture most of the essential items used in everyday life, from textiles to furniture and cookery to utensils; artisans are still a very important part of the country’s economy.
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About Fair Trade

About Fair Trade

Fair Trade Products

Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.
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