Brought together by their love for high fashion and the awareness of disappearing indigenous design, Farah Malik and Dana Arbib conceptualized a company that brought income to regions of sociopolitical strife. A Peace Treaty was born in 2008.
An evolving collection of luxury fashion, A Peace Treaty is known for their artisan-level accessories. Each season, jewelry and scarf collections are re-defined using unique colorways, ancient handmade textiles, and metal-smithing techniques that otherwise would not be used. Looking to support artisans’ technique and craft while promoting luxury design for a worldwide audience, these pieces are ethically-produced, providing above fair trade wages and income generation opportunities for disabled, widowed, and/or marginalized women.
A Peace Treaty creates employment for local village artisans in nine different countries – Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and the United States.
This past fall I visited Antigua, Guatemala for work. The majority of my days were spent at a world craft show meeting with new artisan groups and attending networking events. However, any few spare I had I was exploring the markets. Whenever I travel I end up getting lost in the local markets for hours just in awe of the amazing native handicrafts. In Antigua, it was the vibrant Huipils and yards of woven textiles. I was talking with an artisan we worked with and she said she could weave about 3-4 feet per day! Holy cow you have to have such patience with this craft…but clearly worth the time for these works of art! As we start to put together our Fall line, I get so excited to be able to share indigenous craft like these with others!
I am constantly looking for new artisan made products and pieces crafted from around the world. I came across Bluma Project at Anthropologie about a year ago and their product line fits right in. They work with female artisans in Rwanda and Ghana to create jewelry and textile collections. After their products are complete they sell them to retailers in the Western Markets. By collaborating with these artisans they hope to provide employment opportunities where there is very little. Make sure to check out their SITE. I attached a few of my favorite pieces:)
This blog will be a culmination of our journey launching our own handmade collection, finding pieces and work that inspires us, artists from around the globe, our travels, indigenous craft, organizations to get involved with, interesting people/stories, fashion trends, design, sustainable living, and our lives here in Chicago!
Join us on our journey to create a socially conscious lifestyle through the products we purchase, artisans we support and collection we create!