Photo by Yoni Goldberg
The second of nine fair trade principles set forth by the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is the development of transparent and accountable relationships.
As a member of FTF, we are committed to ensuring that our partnerships are based on trust and reciprocity. At The Little Market, we work with artisans groups of different sizes and structures. Our relationships with artisans are founded on transparency and mutual respect. We foster open communication avenues with each partner so that our equitable sourcing strategy remains inclusive.
We recognize that transparent, accountable relationships translate into long-term opportunities. We are vested in sharing design and marketing knowledge to help increase each of our partners’ visibility. Our team works closely with the artisans through the design and production cycles, providing feedback to help enrich their own operations.
Our exclusive pom pom collection by Macvilho and exclusive toy collection (stuffed animals and dolls) by Naguska exemplify mutual trust in the design and production stages. The artisan women of Macvilho craft vibrant pom poms with the soft yarn they produce while using traditional Mayan techniques. The artisan women from Naguska apply techniques inherited from generations past to make our stuffed animals and exclusive mermaids. Our production team worked closely with the artisans to help expand their color palette and explore new product possibilities. Our team provides insight on current trends and shares inspirational images, which the artisans then contextualize. The artisans have the freedom to create a new stuffed animal or doll from their own imagination, and as they’re weaving a new toy, they are preserving a cultural tradition and technique.
At The Little Market, we believe that good relationships are strengthened through face-to-face interactions. We are proud to have partners from around the globe, and whenever possible, our co-founders travel to visit the artisans. Cultural Exchange provides us with an optimal platform to share our artisans’ stories and the milestones they reach. Stay tuned on our blog for the next part of our series on fair trade principles.
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