We’re very happy to be an industry partner of the GoodWeave’s organization, which works to end child labor and improve working conditions in the rug industry. The following videos about GoodWeave’s unique market-based approach was part of CNN’s Freedom Project. You can learn more about GoodWeave’s accomplishments on their website. Part One: Part Two: Part Three:
Chhamu one is one of the many children rescued from slavery and currently receiving an education through the efforts of the GoodWeave organization. Read her story here. With every purchase from Guildcraft Carpets, you help to make this work possible! Thank you for your support.
Goodweave’s Spring 2011 newsletter features a “Spotlight on India”, highlighting the efforts to fight illegal child labor in that country. All of our stock collections (and most of our carpets, period) are produced in India – by adult artisans, of course. Read the newsletter online here.
Here’s a four-minute video about the work of GoodWeave (formerly RugMark) in its efforts to bring about an end to illegal child labor in the carpet industry. By purchasing a GoodWeave-certified carpet, you help support the work of rehabilitation, schooling, and training of former child slaves. We’ve always been strongly committed to the GoodWeave organization and its work. It is a fabulous non-profit organization, run in a lean and effective manner by people with a passion for their cause. Learn more here. Then please come back and order a rug! 🙂
There was a web piece on MSNBC last week about the work of the GoodWeave organization. In addition to being happy every time the work of Goodweave is noted in the media, I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the piece also included some words of wisdom from an old friend, John Howe, who is well known in the collector circles of Rugdom. John was helping to explain the distinction between production of carpets on a commercial scale which may exploit children for cheap labor, and the transmission of weaving skills from mother to daughter in cultures with an ancient tradition of rug-weaving, such as Persia (Iran) and Turkey.…