OUR PARTNER: PROUD MARY
Proud Mary is a “Global Exploration of Textiles.” It all started in 2008 when owner, Harper Poe returned from volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in South America. After falling deeply in love with the indigenous peoples and brightly colored textiles, she decided to combine her passions into a sustainable design business. Proud Mary works with global artisans in the developing world to create their line of 'ethnic-modern' home and personal accessories. By combining a modern design aesthetic with traditional methods of production, Proud Mary bridges the gap between fair trade and on trend/fast fashion.
The brand currently works in Mali with 2 women's cooperatives that crochet and tie-dye as well as a men's social enterprise workshop that produces the mud cloth designs; in Guatemala, with 3 weaving groups and 2 sewing workshops; in Peru, with a small weaving village in a rural mountains creating fringe fabric; in Morocco, with a raffia producer in the coastal town of Essaouira, and in Agadez, Niger with a group of Tuareg weavers to create baskets.