Sustainability - Artisans
We see our artisans as part of the extended Pampa family
We see our artisans as part of the extended Pampa family and we speak with most of them on a weekly basis. Their happiness, health and wellbeing and financial stability matters to us and as Pampa continues to grow, we hope it supports their growth too.
When we began Pampa, many of our artisan partners didn’t have anywhere to sell their products. Many of them had the knowledge and skills to weave incredible textiles, but lacked the ability to connect with a global audience.
Paying a fair price for our homewares helps guarantee that our weavers receive the working wages they are entitled to. The profits each artisan makes are reinvested back into their family, used to cover day-to-day living expenses such as food and clothing, paying school fees, accessing health care, and sourcing new tools and materials for weaving.
Earning a fair wage has enabled our weavers to form their own co-operatives, giving individuals the added benefit of sharing materials, ideas and workloads. This ability means that our weavers can work from their homes and villages, eliminating the need to travel long distances to sell their rugs or find alternative employment in big cities.
By respecting each individual artisan’s creativity and technique, Pampa helps to give communities a stronger sense of cultural independence and pride. Showing our artisans, the real value of their work demonstrates to the younger generations that weaving is an honourable and profitable vocation, helping to preserve this traditional art form for years to come.
We think it is important to explain that the way Pampa operates is slightly unusual for modern business. Our weavers don’t have email, phone calls or text messages are the only way to communicate. This means that everything is dependant on a phone signal in their region. It requires a lot of extra effort and patience to be able to work the way we need to, but the more ongoing work we can provide for these communities, the more we are contributing to their growth out of poverty (in most cases) and the building of sustainable regional communities. This rests at the heart of what we aim to achieve.
You can read more about our artisans partners here
As Pampa grows, we are always looking to partner with more artisan communities across Latin America, and hope to bring more, ethically made, traditional craftsmanship to our international community.