5.03.2011

Sustainable Style: The Bootstrap Project

{Raphael's baskets & Robiya's ikat pillows}

If you read the same design blogs as I do, you'll have seen a the great idea for wall decor pictured above. Well, thanks to The City Sage, I now know where they come from: Raphael Nyange. He's not a designer you'd be familiar with; he's a basket weaver in Zambia, and one of many global artists whose work is featured in The Bootstrap Project.

{Rose's poufs}

Started in 2010 by Maxine Kaye, Bootstrap's mission involves preserving traditional crafts and customs of artisans in other countries, and allowing them to put an end to their own poverty through their creative work. Or, as they say, "It's trade, not aid."

{Rose's rug}

I love that the name of the product starts with the name of its artisan, and that they're pictured right below it. Every item on the website is absolutely gorgeous and usable for the home — I wish I could get one of each!

{Mutinta's trays & Thembekile's platter}

Be sure and check out their website to read more about the Bootstrap Team and the people it promotes. One hundred percent of the profits go back to these artisans, and as Mother's Day is fast-approaching, consider getting her something that leaves a positive impact on a global community!

{Images courtesy of The Bootstrap Project}

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