With Christmas fast approaching, the time has come to begin seeking out the perfect Christmas gifts. This year, why not make each one you buy more meaningful by seeking out products where the proceeds go towards a good cause. At Red Carnation Hotels, we work in partnership with the TreadRight Foundation, who provide support to artisans across the world. We take a look at these TreadRight Heritage Initiatives, and the ethical Christmas gifts you can buy for your loved ones this year.
It was during WWI that Giuditta Brozzetti stumbled across the farmers’ wives who were weaving textiles on 18th and 19th-century looms in the countryside surrounding Perugia. This discovery led to her founding a workshop dedicated to these textiles. The tradition has since been preserved as each generation continues to weave the patterns of medieval and renaissance Italy. With funding from TreadRight, Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti can keep this local craft alive.
First established as a collective of local weavers, the crafts initiative Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco has now grown to employ over 500 local people in Cusco, supporting the indigenous community here while also encouraging the continuation of the 10,000-year-old tradition surrounding Andean textiles.
The Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot Project was established to work towards reviving the art behind this traditional craft, working with elders and artisans who still make these products in the traditional way. This project was then extended to bring in young Aboriginal artists who wanted to learn this craft from the elders.
Helping to revive Greek artisanship by promoting the country’s traditional skills, TRIA ETC assists communities in finding solutions to their economic crises, particularly in rural areas. By promoting these artisans in the international marketplace, they are able to sustain their craft full-time. The handmade products range from vibrant printed scarves and jewellery, to handwoven and embroidered bags.
Centred on a series of initiatives that create economic opportunities for artisans in rural communities of Laos, Ock Pop Tok develops ranges of products that combining traditional crafts with designs suited to the modern day. The skills of weavers, dyers, designers and tailors go into creating stylish clothing, bags and home décor.
More local artisanship can be seen on display at the shop at Ashford Castle, Mrs Tea’s Boutique and Bakery. And if it’s a keepsake from one of our hotels that’s most appealing, take a look inside the Red Carnation gift shop.
Image credits: Cover photo © TRIA ETC. Italian weaving © Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Peruvian fabric © Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Mukluks © Manitobah Mukluks Storyboots School. Fabric by TRIA ETC © TRIA ETC. An artisan in Laos © Ock Pop Tok Village Weavers Project.