Thanks to Tribe member Marie Malinowski, whom we met this past January at Winter Outdoor Retailer, we were recently featured on the Examiner.com with a focus on our broader story: how we work with our partnering villages, the 'why' and 'how' behind what we do, and more. We're humbled by Marie's words, and we're also full of gratitude to see that our media friends continue to spread the good word about Ethnotek with a focus on our artisans and their time-honored craft.
Check out this excerpt from Marie's article and you'll understand why we're so thankful:
In an era of must-have-this-now-at-the-cheapest-price-who-cares-about-the-country-of-origin-and-how-their-(lack of)-labor-laws-coerce-workforces-to-crank-out-products-for-shockingly-low-cost-as-fast-as-inhumanely-possible, Ethnotek is an infernal bonfire of ethics, integrity and respect.
Within the colorful textiles that make up the panels (aka the THREADs) of every Ethnotek bag are the stories of the Cham village and Hmong hill-tribes of Vietnam; of Surakarta, Indonesia; the Bhujodi village in Gujarat, India and the artisans of Chichicastenango, Guatemala.
So when someone walks away from a cushy corporate job, with cushy corporate salary and benefits package, to subsist on $500/month, one has to ask, “Why?"
Check out the full article to learn more.
Thank you for sharing our story, and the story of our artisans, Marie!