The IOU Project takes the idea of supporting artisans in developing nations to a whole new level of connection. They offer a range of bright, handwoven apparel made by artisans in India who customers can learn about through individual tracking codes.
The three minute video above has a fantastic description, but essentially The IOU Project was inspired by the peaceful army of weavers brought together by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920. Today, 20 million families in India depend on weaving as a source of income, but with the increase in manufacturing by machines, many people are losing their sources of income, and factories are contributing to damaging pollution.
The IOU Project wants to help consumers rediscover the beauty of handwoven fabrics, which result in one-of-a-kind apparel. This also supports independent artisans through fair wages, helps keep the environment cleaner, and allows people connect through a more soulful exchange of goods. Finally, each IOU Project item is traceable through a unique code that lets customers learn about the personal story of the artisan who created it.
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By: Bianca Bartz - Published: Feb 3, 2012 • References: iouproject