Charllotte Kwon, founder of Maiwa Handprints and the Maiwa Foundation has been working in India for three decades with the goal of preserving craft. She has committed herself to ethical trade and craft practices. Her business mandate is to trade directly with the individual craftspeople, thereby offering the full value of the work to its creator. With great curiosity Maiwa questions its role in contemporary business and craft practices as it works to invigorate the economy with heart. In her words “We are learning from our collective past to value a future filled with colour, compassion, and integrity”. The Maiwa Foundation was established in 1997 to support work that develops higher-level skills or to sustain existing artisans and their skills. Click here for more information.
Maiwa to Jawaja
Charllotte has worked with one group of artisans since the early nineties. The village of Jawaja is home to 2 groups of artisans, leatherworkers and carpet weavers. The skills of these 2 groups left a profound impression on Charllotte and she has worked tirelessly to present their work to a broader North American market. She has helped them navigate through predatory lenders and provided them with necessary technical, marketing, and business support so they can present themselves to a much larger community.
Maiwa to Jawaja to JST
I have had the privilege of traveling to India on 3 occasions with Charllotte and each trip took us to Jawaja. I will never forget that first visit, struggling to take in all that I saw and falling head over heals in love with the artisans and their families. When I returned the 2nd time I brought a table loom to hold a mini workshop for the weavers and a few years later we shared more ideas. My love for Jawaja and the Maiwa Foundation is what moved me to create this fundraiser.
In July of 2020 JST was able to raise more than $20,000.00 CND for the foundation and now we know that we need to continue this work on behalf of the artisans and artisan families supported by the Maiwa Foundation.
100% of all funds received for these ‘pay what you want’ patterns will be forwarded to the Maiwa Foundation to support the Artisans Alliance of Jawaja.
Stash Crackle Pop PDF Pattern Download
The Stash Crackle Pop PDF pattern was designed by our good friend Sharon Broadley. Sharon has been to India with Maiwa on 2 occasions and I know from travelling with her just how supportive she is of the Maiwa Foundations work with textile artisans in India. So guess what? I decided we would include this pattern in our Maiwa fundraiser. The pattern is available to everyone in our community at a price that anyone could pay… whatever you want. You enter the $ amount you want to pay/donate.
Tea Towel Time with Jane PDF Pattern Download
The Tea Towel Time with Jane PDF pattern is available for download by donation. I decided that I would make the pattern available to everyone in our community at a price that anyone could pay… whatever you want. You enter the $ amount you want to pay/donate. All proceeds from the Tea Towel Time with Jane pattern will be donated directly to the Maiwa Foundation.