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Pillow Dreams Project –

Jul 19, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Another good find in a popular magazine – this time Domino, August ’08 issue – for fair trade, textile related products. Pillow Dreams Project imports pillow cases and other items from developing countries and donates half their profits to organizations that help children in those countries.

Galbraith & Paul –

Feb 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment


With its tangy spring colors and lyrical pattern Galbraith & Paul’s brand new “Birds” print on linen is definitely post-worthy! Plus it gives me an excuse to briefly highlight a company I’ve admired for a long time. Perhaps most importantly, G&P are producers of contemporary craft actually made in the USA (unlike so many fabric lines contracted out to anonymous mills overseas). And since every fabric is hand block printed, their fabrics actually look and feel handmade. So with G&P you’re buying beautiful designs and also buying into small-scale, eco-friendly American industry.

Lost City –

Nov 23, 2007 | 1 Comment

I’m really excited and inspired by people who are able to help invigorate and foster small-scale / local traditions of hand-craft in sustainable and ethical ways. That’s why coming across a reference to the company Lost City, founded by Afshan Durrani, this afternoon in Ego Magazine was especially tantalizing — and frustrating in that she doesn’t seem to have a website or other on-line representation. The profile by EM describes how she started her “couture fabric and upholstery” company and how it is helping to revitalize the tradition of completely handmade embroidery in India. The site Design with India also has a profile of her. (And both refer to her representation in San Francisco as well as New York but don’t give details…)

1/7/08 UPDATE: See comment attached to this posting (received today) for more information about Lost City representation! (Thanks!)