A collaborative women’s project with appreciation
for diversity and culture
The scarf, and its special meaning as a cloth in the different cultures, reflects the diverse facets and colors of our world. For WOMENMIND, the scarf means the starting point for a journey through a variety of cultures and its wish to bring them closer to each other.
Our goal is to bring together women on the other side of the world, their culturally influenced craftsmanship and their resulting hand-made precious textiles, with the aim of sharing this knowledge and making these unique scarves accessible to women in Europe.
WOMENMIND cares about the encouragement of women, the strengthening of their position in society and the support of community and networks.
Sadaf, the project manager of WOMENMIND in Pakistan:
“We invite you to think about who makes the products you buy, and how their lives are impacted by it. At WOMENMIND, our artisan women get practical training, fantastic wages, dignity and a path to self-sufficiency. For every handmade shawl you buy, a beautiful change is happening for the hands that created it.
Our main female artisan group hails from Hafizabad, one of the oldest districts in Punjab, Pakistan. Famous for its high-quality rice, with a major portion of Pakistan’s rice exports coming from this region, it is also home to an enterprising cohort of skilled women whose dedication to earning their own income leaves us in awe. Our Hafizabad artisans are masters in hand embroidery and create the embroidered fabric that goes on our shawls.”
Together for the preservation
of traditional craftsmanship
In Ethiopia, WOMENMIND supports a women-lead weaving factory, certified by the World Fair Trade Organization. The hand-spinning and hand-weaving are centuries-old craftsmanship which have been once highly regarded. Due to the increasing availability of extensively produced textiles from abroad, this craft is disappearing. The weaving factory is dedicated to the aim of preserving the art of hand-spinning and hand-weaving and its rich Ethiopian textile tradition, by making hand-made textiles accessible to the world market. At the same time providing artists with a secure livelihood.
All employees receive a fair pay (World Fair Trade Organization audited), medical care, interest-free loans, pension funds as well as support and access to training and education.