Shilp World

Shilp World – Hand–made Fairtrade Products from Original Source.

Shilp World – is a label for contemporary fair handmade products and design with its base in Frankfurt and products from all over India.

We reinvent the idea of sustainable products and design by offering hand-made craft products from around the world that combine high quality with a contemporary design. Far from the fast fashion hype, we create products that are likewise timeless and unique. Our focus is on the people who make them and the story they convey through each piece of products. This is how we see ourselves as a social enterprise that combines fair products and promoting traditional handicrafts techniques.

We use the proceeds to finance literacy and further education programs with a focus on work and women’s rights, as well as our own health insurance for women. Together with them we develop individual concepts and possibilities of a future self-employment or employment in which they .can apply their newly acquired skills. This is how we create a sustainable cycle that enables us to reach more and more women.

Therefore we collaborate with carefully selected artisans from India who have preserved and passed down their traditions as well as unique production techniques from generation to generation.

Grounded in this appreciation, we cultivate a personal relationship to each of our partners and see them as equal and lasting partners. We buy the products at a fair price directly from the artisans. With many of them we design new products which combine local natural material, traditional techniques and skills with our knowledge and experience. Our aim is to help local manufacturers to keep traditional handicraft alive whilst at the same time developing them further and partially reinventing them. Plus: to support them through a sustained and stable income.

Check Artisans for an insight into our current partners or Our Impact to learn more about our concept and our way of working.

Shilp-World was founded in 2015 by Sundaram Kumari, inspired by her travels which had led her to some of the world’s most interesting and remote places, and her passion about strong contemporary design, Shilp-World is founded on the claim to reinvent the idea of sustainable handicrafts and design: likewise timeless, fairtrade and with a strong design, the products are made to last.

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