While our customers show their individual style and fashion sense by wearing Aldea scarves, Aldea artisans express their creativity and individuality through their woven art. Every weaver imprints her unique talent for craftsmanship upon each item she creates. All of our over 40 women artisans bring a unique passion to practicing their craft, succeeding as entrepreneurs, or carrying on the traditional textile techniques passed down through generations.
The creative talent of Aldea artisans is evident in their woven pieces, but the scarves cannot demonstrate the ambition that our weavers possess. For example, Maria Sajvin owns her own shop on the shores of Lake Atitlán where she sells her woven pieces, as well as products from her local community. Offering products from other artisans allows her to increase her profits. Like Maria, each weaver holds an amazing artistic talent, as well as an incredible work ethic and drive to grow her own business.
While Maria grew her business by selling other artisans’ pieces, Gertrude expanded her business through her determination to learn Spanish. When she began making her sales pitch in Spanish, rather than her native language, her earnings grew exponentially. Thanks to this business growth, Gertrude was able to secure a microcredit loan, which enabled her to buy materials in bulk. Buying materials at bulk rates allows Gertrude and other artisans to expand their businesses and support their families. This ability to support themselves and their families gives our weavers a sense of empowerment.
Our goal at Aldea is to empower our weavers but also to empower you, our customer, to act on your values. We are providing you with the choice to purchase products that uphold your social values. (And with our high standard for quality craftsmanship, you’ll look good while doing good!)
We want to be as transparent as possible with you about our business practices, so that you can feel confident in our mission and our products. Your confidence in us strengthens our ability to be an industry leader in combining fashion, socially responsible business, and sustainable development. Thank you for joining us in this mission!