Welcome to our online resource section. Here you will find a wide array of useful and informative resources pertaining to the craft sector.
CRAFT SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS
Links to our partners and other players in the international craft sector:
AfricanCraft is a portal packed with links and descriptions of African artisans,
shops, and contacts. Information comes from many African sources as well as from
people with a longtime connection with African art and artisans.
Non-profit organization of Bosnian women knitters. Most are widows who have lost
homes and lands during the recent civil strife and their products are their only
As a membership based non governmental organization, the Central Asian Crafts
Support Association (CACSA) serves as an umbrella for its over 60 members craft
development centers and NGOs from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, by providing communication links, marketing support,
product development training, sales opportunities, and other needed services.
Non-profit organization based in Hanoi that works with craftspeople throughout
Vietnam and especially with marginalized traditional Hill Tribe people. Craft
Link provides marketing assistance and training.
Long-established non-profit organization serving craftspeople throughout India
The Craft Revival Trust, established in 1999, is a nonprofit which is
endeavoring to build an information and knowledge infrastructure for the Folk Arts, Crafts
Cross Cultural Collaborative, started by Ellie Schimelman, a Boston-based artist
and teacher, offers workshops in Ghanaian arts at the ABA center near Accra, as
well as travel in Ghana through ABA Tours. http://www.abatours.com/
Fabrica Social is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based in Mexico
City that helps market products made by women artisans. Their emphasis is on shared
information and they have a social, anthropological and gender focus. They are
closely affiliated with young designers in Amsterdam and represented by TreeHouse
in Brooklyn, New York and they are supporters of Dzitnup, an ATA grantee, Fall
The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is the trade association that strengthens and
promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The
Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable
trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.
Lindblad’s Special Expeditions is a travel firm like no other. Deeply involved
with conservation, culture and the people who live where their ships visit,
Sven-Olaf Lindblad recently established FUDECA (Fundacion de Artesanos Ecuatorianos)
to involve the artisans in the Galapagos in trade with visitors. FUDECA has
helped with product development and merchandising for Reflections, a first class
gallery in the harbor town of Puerto Ayora. Profits from the gallery go to develop
further skills and opportunities for the islanders.
Hagar International is a Swiss-based Christian organization that is committed to
individualized and long-term assistance to its beneficiaries, advocating the
strategic use of the social enterprise model as a tool for social rehabilitation
and economic empowerment.
IFAT is a network of more than 350 Fair Trade Organizations in 70 countries.
Their mission is to improve the livelihoods and well being of disadvantaged
producers by linking and promoting Fair Trade Organizations, and speaking out for
greater justice in world trade.
Kala Raksha Trust, a grassroots social enterprise, is dedicated to preservation
of traditional arts. Comprising artisans, community members, and experts in the
fields of art, design and museums, Kala Raksha was founded on artisan initiative
in 1993 in the desert region Kutch, in India.
The League is a social venture and was started by an ATA colleague, New
York-based financier Chandrika Tandon as a way to “give back”. League of Artisans
mission is to create a unifying platform to build sustainable business enterprises in
the craft sector in India.
Non-profit, fair trade organization working with women artisan cooperatives on
informal but stylish fashion. Based in Illinois, two catalogs yearly and Internet
NOVICA unites you with more than 2,000 extraordinary master artists around the
world to purchase directly from their online store. Read about their lives,
explore their fascinating cultures, and select from more than 20,000 handcrafted
works of art.
Aid to Artisans has formed a partnership with One Shared World, a new campaign
to raise awareness and generate dialogue about global poverty and what America is
doing to tackle it.
Putumayo World Music supports Aid to Artisans and other non-profit organizations
doing good work for communities in the regions where its music originates.
Non-profit advocacy organization, Washington-based, whose mission is to prevent
the abuse of child labor in rug manufacture in India, Pakistan and Nepal.
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is the largest international folk art
market in the world, and their success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO
City of Folk Art, the first U.S. city named to UNESCO’s prestigious Creative
Non-profit women’s trade union, based in Ahmedabad, India with thousands of
members, many of them craftswomen.
Non-profit, fair trade retail and catalog enterprise based in Madison, Wisconsin.
Fair trade retail stores throughout the U.S. and website offering traditional
handcrafts from around the world.
Traidcraft’s mission is to fight poverty through trade, practicing and promoting
approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform
World Craft Council is an organization attached to UNESCO that for over 40 years
have worked for the development of craft and with members from all over the
world. The WCC is organized in five regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and
WorldofGood.com by eBay is the world’s first online marketplace to convene
thousands of People Positive and Eco Positive sellers and products all in one place,
empowering you to shop in ways that align with your personal values. Aid to
Artisans is a Trust Provider on this marketplace.
U.S. MARKET STATISTICS
Reports on home décor and other U.S. markets
Keep updated on U.S. home décor, fashion and luxury markets and trends in color, design and lifestyles.
General lifestyle trends
Trends in all industries
Fashion, Color, and Style Trends
Color Trends, also helpful for putting together color palettes for product design
LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, a market
segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development,
sustainable living, and social justice.
Information about the Green and Environmentally Responsible market
COSTING YOUR CRAFT PRODUCT
Online interactive calculator to help you cost your product
Basic Guide to Exporting Manual
Regulations on Importing and Exporting
Thorough listing of all textile terms by cotton inc.
Download a free ceramic glae recipe book.
AID TO ARTISANS’ PUBLICATIONS
You can purchase the various books we have published and have free online access to all of our other publications, including our magazine and newsletters.
- A listing of books we recommend for anyone who wants to learn more about our industry. These books
cover a wide variety of topics from textiles to market trends.