In my humble opinion, artisan-made clothing and accessories are the epitome of slow fashion. After all, they’re the antithesis of mass-produced fast fashion, crafted with techniques honed over generations and infused with cultural meaning.
It’s this connection to culture that makes artisanal goods so special and it’s a beautiful thing when the clothes you wear mean so much more than a cute Instagram photo.
Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Genesis Fair Trade and contains some affiliate links. I received a fee and was gifted products in exchange for my creative work (styling, photography and writing) and an honest review. No amount of money or product is worth more than my relationship with you, and I strive to provide transparent and honest content.
Introducing Genesis Fair Trade
I’m excited to introduce you to Genesis Fair Trade, a brand that sources directly from indigenous artisans in Central and South America!
Genesis partners with artisans from Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru, making the beautifully crafted clothing, accessories, and home goods of these artisans available to consumers like us. Artisans are paid fair wages and many of their products use eco-friendly and natural materials.
Not only does Genesis bring artisan-made goods to a wider market, helping artisans support their families, but Genesis also contributes to their artisans’ communities in other ways.
Genesis has donated water filtration systems to help communities in the Eloxochitlan region of central-eastern Mexico get clean water, supports multiple organizations that fund education for indigenous children in Latin America, and sponsors programs to help Guatemalan families receive food and medical care.
The founder, Michael, is the son of Mexican immigrants, so these causes are at the heart of Genesis.
Why indigenous artisans?
Indigenous communities in Latin America (and in pretty much every other part of the world where settler colonialism has had a violent history) have higher rates of poverty and lower access to healthcare, education, and justice than non-indigenous people.
These communities also have rich traditions of artisanship, including weaving, knitting, and crocheting techniques unique to each culture. Creating artisan goods is a way to support their families while continuing to practice crafts with strong ties to heritage.
Many of these artisans are women, and investing in the economic success of women and girls has been a proven strategy in uplifting communities. Women are more likely to use their earnings towards the education, health, and success of their families and communities.
So when you buy that cute bag handcrafted by women in the Quechua community of Peru or that stunning hand-loomed pillow from Oaxaca, Mexico, you’re not just buying a pretty thing. You’re investing in the welfare of indigenous communities and helping to preserve artisanal traditions.
Shop Genesis Fair Trade!
Genesis Fair Trade generously gifted me their Cielito Lindo clutch, made by women weavers from Patacancha, a rural Quechua community in the Andes of Peru. The clutch has a traditional Incan pattern handwoven from naturally dyed sheep’s wool in a stunning pale green color.
It’s the perfect size to fit my phone, wallet, and a lipstick or lip balm (it’s always a mistake to leave the house without a lip balm). I love the pop of color for summer, but it’s neutral enough to go with any outfit.
Genesis has a variety of other bags, accessories, and homeware crafted with techniques unique to each indigenous community that they partner with.
What I’m wearing: