Thursday, June 17, 2010
For Phyllis Ripple, founder ecoFiber Custom Rugs, child labor isn’t just an idea; it’s a very real and very destructive practice. With her husband and 2 children, Phyllis has seen many children working during her time living in Pakistan, Indonesia and Egypt and traveling throughout the developing world.
This first-hand experience with child labor inspired her to align ecoFiber Custom Rugs with GoodWeave—an organization that ensures rugs are made without child labor.
Being a GoodWeave certified rug dealer, it also makes us happy anytime we see GoodWeave getting a little extra attention, like in this ad, which appeared in this month's issue of design magazine Lonny this month.
Here on the ecoFiber Custom Rugs blog, we’ve discussed the importance of purchasing a rug that was made without using child labor—and in supporting the livelihood of our weavers and their families. But, it never hurts to re-emphasize the importance of knowing where your home décor comes from and ensuring it was not created by a working child.
Supporting the artisans who create our rugs
EcoFiber’s founder fell in love with rugs while living in Pakistan. Ripple was swept away by the beauty and intricacy of the workmanship. She and her husband spent whole afternoons with rug dealers, sitting on the floor drinking tea, looking at rugs, and learning about them.
It were these experiences that taught her about the beauty of these masterfully crafted rugs and the need to support the people who create such beautiful work.
EcoFiber Custom Rugs doesn’t use weaving factories, preferring to have weavers work in their own villages on communal looms. That way, families can stay together.
We feel it is a privilege to work with the skilled weavers and at ecoFiber Custom Rugs; we want to do what we can to help them improve their lives. Through our partnership with GoodWeave, we feel empowered by being connected to like-minded professionals who are also committed to improving living conditions for weavers and their children.
Posted by ecofibercustomrugs at 10:23 AM