We are blessed with an inspiring Mum. She uses her innate generosity and intrepid spirit to give back wherever she can, employing her incredible skills as a renowned midwife to teach women safer birthing techniques. She travels along treacherous routes to remote areas in Mongolia and Myanmar, effectively reducing maternal and baby mortality through her teaching programmes.
Thread Tales Co. is founded on the values of Giving Back and for us, supporting the communities of weavers, who painstakingly produce our designs with care and pride, is integral to the success of our business. Their success is our success, their livelihoods in part depend on us, and we work hard to facilitate and foster this shared sense of partnership.
We are helping to resurrect and safeguard skills that, in both Myanmar and Nepal, had faded into relative obscurity into our increasingly machine-driven world. The unique feel and quality that you can achieve through hand producing thread and hand weaving is not possible when done mechanically. Therefore our relationship with the weaver and their incredible skills is vital in our production process. Each design starts with an idea for a story and it is the collaboration between designer and weaver, the conversation that ensues as to how to turn the story of the design into a woven piece, that creates its uniqueness. The personality of the weaver and the designer is woven into each creation and no two are ever exactly the same.
I love sitting with the Artisans in these workshops, listening to the rhythmic click clack of the looms, seeing beautiful thread emerging from the raw fibres and watching with wonder something so bespoke, light and perfect produced by a pair of expert hands.
In a world where the demand for fast fashion has driven appalling working conditions and exploitation of vulnerable people working in a sweatshop environment in conditions of poverty, not to mention the environmental costs, we strive to champion the “Less is More" philosophy and change this selfish, destructive mentality.
We collaborate with our workshops in creating sustainable jobs based on a vocation and skill, in which the workers are valued, paid a liveable wage and are recognised for their work. There are no children labouring to make our products, instead we support family values and the economic and social development of their community.
On the Inle Lakes, 30 square kilometres of shallow water with paths cut through the dense reeds like a network of roads, our incredible Lotus and silk scarves are made. Some of the weavers work from their homes, wooden buildings on stilts; from looms in the houses. The looms have been restored for purpose, in order that they can be with their children and work to earn a wage. We have chosen the workshop owner that we partner with here specifically because he supports the values of the family. He is an entrepreneur with an ethical spirit and a pioneer in his community. He pays a liveable wage and the weavers are also given the opportunity to do piece work, where each item personally woven by that individual earns a commission at point of sale.