Globalization and new production technologies have left many traditional craft communities struggling with declining demand for their products and facing an uncertain future. Our initiative, Loop Fair Trade, aims to open up new economic and creative possibilities to enable local artisans and their cultural heritage to thrive.
Hello, we are loop
We are a non-profit association based in Ecuador that enables local artisan and designer communities to gain access to an international market while facilitating the co-creation of products by local artisans and designers. Our online platform provides a spotlight and an e-commerce space to the fragmented craft and design industries empowering local talents in the region.
We've focused on the Azuay region of Ecuador, which is known for Panama straw hats and other specialized crafts and textiles. Unlike initiatives that focus solely on finding new markets for traditional crafts, Loop Fair Trade offers the potential for innovation and co-creation. For designers, there is the opportunity to bridge geographical distance and communication barriers and add value to their brands while working and collaborating directly with Ecuadorian artisans. Artisans not only gain new markets that can help them prosper economically using their skills, but also benefit from the experience of learning new design processes and fresh applications of traditional techniques to contemporary designs.
We are proud to make available to the creatives, artisan craftsmanship and materials sourced from the middle of the world. We seek long-term relations with Loop stakeholder to be able to create a positive impact on the local artisan communities.
Our goal is to contribute to the social and economic development of artisans and designers in Ecuador. With fair-trade practice and an ethic supply-chain, this holistic approach will enable artisans to thrive economically and sustainably, while co-creation with designers can also strengthen cultural identity. As a result, this holistic approach will close the loop in the Ecuadorian design and craft industry.