A Peace Treaty for Artisans of Languishing Crafts

Mother’s Day is this weekend and if your mom or wife are awed by luxury fashion pieces and accessories crafted by skilled artisans, A Peace Treaty might have exactly what you’re looking for. Founders Farah Malik, a Pakistani Muslim and Dana Arbib, a Libyan Jew, started A Peach Treaty in 2008 to support craftspeople living in areas of socio-political strife. By bringing together the skilled workmanship and traditional arts of those in the MIddle East, Asia, Africa, and South America, with modern, high design, Malik and Arbib are introducing exclusive collections for an international marketplace.

The partnership based on a shared love of high fashion, continues to prove that collaboration despite differences and varying backgrounds, has fruitful results, especially with their complementary skills set towards  a common goal – creating awareness of ancient, languishing crafts, and empowering artisans in regions often negatively portrayed by commercial media.

A Peace Treaty works with artisans in eight countries to create income generating opportunities that offer above fair trade wages to underemployed craftspeople, the disabled and widowed women. Through its commitment to reviving ancient handmade textile and metal smithing techniques, Malik and Arbib travel throughout the world to find local village artists to re-imagine and create limited edition pieces for a high fashion, international audience.

The company has worked on projects for Ralph Lauren, Oak NYC, Urban Outfitters and Shopbop. To check out their exclusive collection of scarves and jewelry, read the story behind the crafts and to pick up something special for Mother’s Day, click here.

Thank you A Peace Treaty for making our world wonderful.

LET ME KNOW, REPLY BELOW: What is a traditional, languishing art form or craft technique in your culture?

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