Artisan Portraits

Portraits and quotes from artisans part of the International Trade Centre's Ethical Fashion Initiative network. From Burkina Faso, Kenya and Haiti.
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“I learnt how to weave in my home village, where this craftsmanship is really rooted into our culture. I like my work because I have a market where to sell my products and when I’m not doing that, I teach my skills to others.” says Denke, an artisan in Ethiopia © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

“I learnt how to weave in my home village, where this craftsmanship is really rooted into our culture. I like my work because I have a market where to sell my products and when I’m not doing that, I teach my skills to others.” says Denke, an artisan in Ethiopia © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

“This type of weaving is a tradition in my village, so I’ve always known how to make these baskets. I also work as a launderer.” says Tewabech, an artisan from Ethiopia © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

“This type of weaving is a tradition in my village, so I’ve always known how to make these baskets. I also work as a launderer.” says Tewabech, an artisan from Ethiopia © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

“I like my work. I even get my picture taken!” says Makeonena, an artisan from Ethiopia © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

“I like my work. I even get my picture taken!” says Makeonena, an artisan from Ethiopia © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

“I’ve been working here for four years and this is where I learnt how to make baskets. I also make some income doing laundry for other people. With both these jobs, I can make ends meet.” says Fantanesh, an artisan from Ethiopia © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

“I’ve been working here for four years and this is where I learnt how to make baskets. I also make some income doing laundry for other people. With both these jobs, I can make ends meet.” says Fantanesh, an artisan from Ethiopia © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

"I want to make progress in my work. I want to get married and start a family." says Veronique, an artisan from Haiti © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Marie Arago

"I want to make progress in my work. I want to get married and start a family." says Veronique, an artisan from Haiti © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Marie Arago

“Before working here, I used to make injera in people’s homes. That was really tough work. I came here to learn how to do something new. I wanted to do embroidery, but my eyes are too bad, so now I make baskets and that’s good enough!” says Belaymesh, an artisan from Ethiopia © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

“Before working here, I used to make injera in people’s homes. That was really tough work. I came here to learn how to do something new. I wanted to do embroidery, but my eyes are too bad, so now I make baskets and that’s good enough!” says Belaymesh, an artisan from Ethiopia © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

A Buddhist Monk at Angkor Wat. Photo by Jon Bauer #Cambodia #Traditional #AngkorWat - curated by @ethicalfashion1

A Buddhist Monk at Angkor Wat. Photo by Jon Bauer #Cambodia #Traditional #AngkorWat - curated by @ethicalfashion1

EFI artisan from Ethiopia.  Photo by ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi. #Portrait #Ethiopia #Photography #Louis Nderi - curated by @ethicalfashion1

EFI artisan from Ethiopia. Photo by ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi. #Portrait #Ethiopia #Photography #Louis Nderi - curated by @ethicalfashion1

"I started weaving when I was 20 years old, now I am 21. This job enables me to cover my needs and those of my baby." says Sarata, an artisan from Burkina Faso © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Anne Mimault

"I started weaving when I was 20 years old, now I am 21. This job enables me to cover my needs and those of my baby." says Sarata, an artisan from Burkina Faso © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Anne Mimault

"I need work to earn a living. I dream to own my own house to not rent." says Sophia, an artisan from Kenya © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

"I need work to earn a living. I dream to own my own house to not rent." says Sophia, an artisan from Kenya © ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative & Louis Nderi

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