Virtually all our products are made by hand. That takes place mainly in Vietnam and China. Two countries with a centuries-old knowledge of craft techniques, as well as typically Asian traditions and customs. That requires respect, understanding and patience. We work intensively with honest and personal partners that often have small businesses and believe in our vision: to conquer the world with traditionally produced baskets, bags and other items, made of recycled materials as much as possible. Our point of departure is to develop long-term relationships based on equality and trust. We have earned that trust gradually. By making significant investments in training, knowledge and quality, we now work exclusively with a core group of loyal partners.
One of our production sites is in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The artisans are provided with the weaving material at a central point in one of the villages far beyond the large city. Most artisans earn a living in the rice fields in the country, or around the small farms with their cattle, poultry and fruit cultivation. They live in one house with their children, parents and grandparents. Once they have finished work in the fields, the mothers and grandmothers weave the baskets. When the baskets are finished, they are taken back to the village. There the baskets are inspected, cleaned and finished at a central site. They are then transported to the central warehouse in the city, where they are packed and shipped to The Netherlands.
We visit the villages regularly and take the time to speak to the craftspeople and to understand their day-to-day lives. This is so that we can tailor our production operations accordingly. Quality is important for them and for us, the craftspeople are proud of what they do and that is reflected in the end product.
In Central China, villagers make a living from corn production. The corncobs are being dried on the pavement – the most harvesting work is done. So, it’s time to go to the central site in the village to weave and to chat with the women from the neighbourhood.
We offer regular work to approximately 300 qualified craftswomen. Women with a love of their trade and who are deeply engaged in Handed By. All craftswomen work under healthy and hygienic conditions and receive a fair wage. Since we guarantee continual work, these craftswomen are able to improve their circumstances considerably. For example, they are capable of providing for the basic needs of their families and communities, such as health, safe housing and education.
100% free of child labour
Every four to six weeks, we visit our craftspeople to discuss product and material developments, carry out quality checks, inspect working conditions and nurture the partnership. We guarantee that our products are not made by child labourers. Since the women are able to work during school hours, the children can attend school.