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Get To Know: JADEtribe

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JADEtribe's handbags feature textiles woven by artisans in Southeast Asia. Through its line of accessories, JADEtribe creates financial opportunity for its female workforce while also supporting an artistic and cultural tradition.
  • Job Creation
  • Multi-Region
HOW IT HELPS:
WHERE IT HELPS:
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  • Job Creation
  • Multi-Region
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Thailand
  • Morocco

Meet the Founder

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Kimberly Hartman

WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM?

After working in fashion for a decade, I decided in 2008 to take a break with a four-month trip through India and Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. While in Laos I found myself in a village where the women were weaving incredible textiles. I had an a-ha moment. I felt that I could take these traditional textiles and design fashionable bags for women around the world. In the spring of 2009, I launched a collection with these textiles as the foundation.

 

DESCRIBE THE WOMEN WHO WORK WITH YOU.

We employ a collective of women who weave and sew exclusively for JADEtribe. They are paid by the finished piece, so they can work as much or as little from their homes as their family life allows them. Elder weavers in the village share their knowledge and pass down the traditional weaving techniques to the younger generations. 

 

BEYOND A PAYCHECK, WHAT DOES THE WORK MEAN?

The women behind JADEtribe are able to do what they love and receive a fair wage at the same time. That’s empowering. In a few families, the children are now able to be the first generation to attend college. Each time I return I see improvements to their homes and lifestyle.