Ecology, Craftsmanship and Social Responsibility

Ecology, Craftsmanship and Social Responsibility

By: Janet H. Thomas, RID Webster’s defines Ecology as a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments AND the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment. For Jan Kath and Nani Marquina is means fabricating the highest quality handmade rugs using traditional craftsmanship and contemporary styling’s while improving global communities. Jan’s roots are in Bochum, Germany. His designs blend old world hand knotted rug techniques using Tibetan wool, silk and nettle based yarns, all natural or Swedish dyes and 2,500 traditionally trained craftspeople that hand weave each rug. The Jan Kath carpet workshops are monitored by STEP inspectors, maintaining the highest ecological and social standards. Workers are paid fairly so that their children can attend school instead of working to support the family. Rug designs are developed in Bochum then sent to the workshops around the world for production. The results are more art than rug. Nani Marquina grew up In Barcelona, Spain and was influenced by her father’s industrial design background. She was the first contemporary rug designer in Spain. Like Jan, Nani utilizes old world hand knotted techniques but reaches further by incorporating handweaving and new world materials. Nanimarquini relocated their production facilities to developing countries to stimulate local economies and improve the quality of life for the communities. They are involved in Care&Fair which works to eliminate child labor, improve educational opportunities and improve health awareness for carpet knotting families. These two craftspeople have taken their creative interests, developed their hand crafted brand and embraced global stewardship. The beautiful results all tell a story about people coming together to make the world better. What other examples do you have to share? Jan Kath showroom photo courtesy of Jan Kath Scarlenka Splashed photo courtesy of Jan Kath Spacecrafted-2 photo courtesy of Jan Kath

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