Artisan Artforms 

& Craftsmanship

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NAWOU, the National Association of Women Organisations in Uganda, works with more than 80 independent women's groups located throughout Uganda. In addition to health care, social welfare, lobbying and advocacy, microfinance and education programs, NAWOU runs a handicraft program. Each group is responsible for production, quality control and transportation to Kampala. All crafts are based on traditional skills and products; natural dyes are also used. NAWOU helps with local and export marketing of the handicrafts. Through NAWOU, artisans receive loans, training, counseling, links to aid agencies and assistance with medication. NAWOU encourages microlending with the urban poor in Kampala. NAWOU does public education on HIV/AIDS, a significant problem in Uganda. Many of the women producing baskets for NAWOU are infected with HIV/AIDS, and income from basket weaving provides a lifeline of support for them.

~Ten Thousand Villages

Basket Weaving

What it means in Uganda >

At Ethical Hope, we think it's really important for you to see the impact you're making on the world and the ways that you are impacted by others.

So we are going to share the stories of artisans and explain the craftsmanship that goes into the pieces of handmade art they create.  We want you to learn about the processes AND the people behind the products. 

When generations upon generations have passed down traditional techniques, it's necessary for us to take a moment to value all of the hands that went into each item, past and present.

Because it takes all of us together to make Fair Trade and all that it entails a viable and vital component in the weaving of our global fabric. 

Hover over the boxes to see an image of the artisans & their craftsmanship

Upcycled Sari Weaving
Upcycled Sari Weaving

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Jewelry
Jewelry

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Leather Craft
Leather Craft

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Bell Craft
Bell Craft

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Batik
Batik

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Handmade Papermaking
Handmade Papermaking

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Beadwork
Beadwork

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Basket Weaving
Basket Weaving

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Plastic Upcycling
Plastic Upcycling

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Patchwork
Patchwork

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Woodworking
Woodworking

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Jute Craft
Jute Craft

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Shibori Dyeing
Shibori Dyeing

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Block Printing
Block Printing

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Soap Making
Soap Making

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Stitching
Stitching

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Chindi Weaving
Chindi Weaving

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Wood Carving
Wood Carving

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Felting
Felting

Silk Road Bazaar

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Papier Mache
Papier Mache

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Lacquer Craft
Lacquer Craft

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Crochet
Crochet

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Handloom Weaving
Handloom Weaving

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Hand Painting
Hand Painting

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Embroidery
Embroidery

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Pottery
Pottery

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Metal Craft
Metal Craft

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