Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fall Arrivals at West Elm

The fall West Elm catalog features a new international line of one-of-a-kind products created by artisans in third-world countries. Pretty incredible to see a big-name brand move in this direction - especially considering no two products are exactly alike. And how cool is it that you can get your very own treasure from across the world without leaving your house? Check out some of the highlights:

To create each of these one-of-a-kind quilts, female artisans in and around Calcutta, India, cut and stitch vibrantly hued recycled vintage cotton saris by hand, using a traditional embroidery technique called kantha to form intricate designs.

Using carved teak blocks and richly colored pigment dyes, artisans in the north Indian state of Rajasthan—whose work has been certified as authentic by the nonprofit organization Craftmark—hand print a classic Indian print in berry hues onto both sides of this cotton pillow cover. 

As part of a collaboration with Aid to Artisans, West Elm worked with artists in Haiti's capital to create horned African animals made entirely from recycled materials.

Handmade by skilled Wolof craftswomen in Thies, Senegal, these lidded baskets are woven from recycled plastic prayer mats and natural cattail stalks, making each one slightly different. They are a partnership between the Peace Corps, Swahili Imports (a member of the Fair Trade Federation) and the artisans themselves.

These organic forms, carved from solid mango wood by craftspeople in Indonesia, are each unique: both their shape and their rich graining are one of a kind.

Craftspeople in Jaipur, India, hand carved the delicate rosettes on this low-lying solid mango wood table, which takes its original inspiration from a ceremonial stool used by Bamileke royalty in the African country of Cameroon.

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