Join LOOM Imports for a one day Trunk Show at the Sawtooth Brewery Taproom on March 11th, from 4pm-8pm.
Mae Link founded LOOM Imports in 2013 after eight years of working as an adventure travel guide and having spent many years volunteering, working for non-profits and various community projects focused on sustainable development in rural impoverished places. Loom is a fair trade home décor and accessories company that aims to preserve indigenous crafts by introducing them to a global marketplace. All of Loom’s collections are produced using traditional methods in countries such as Morocco, Peru and Thailand.
Working directly with artisans in developing countries to produce handmade textiles, accessories and home decor.
“It’s been really exciting and we’ve had a lot of great feedback, and also a lot of success with running textile based all-inclusive guided trips this year”. Mae explains, “We’re excited to offer another trip to Peru next September for people interested in seeing and experiencing village markets and each step of the handmade artisan process”.
Pit toilets, limited electricity and running water, sleeping on the ground on sheepskins in a mud hut. Eating fried crickets and roast guennea pig- it sounds like something out of a survival show, but Mae has found herself in some pretty interesting circumstances as she’s learned about the heritage of craftsmanship and traditional weaving.
“I truly love the relationships I have with our partners and seeing firsthand the direct impact Loom has in communities. I generally spend 6 months of the year on site with our Partners working on design and production and fully immersed in their village life. If LOOM items could talk they sure would have a story. Never in their wildest imaginations would they guess they would go from the dirt hut, where they served carrying crops and babies, to a meticulously designated home in the States.” -Mae Link
LOOM’s focus is to incorporate modern styles with traditional craftsmanship and indigenous techniques, providing new markets for rural villages abroad and supporting cultural heritage and fair trade. Most of their pieces are one of a kind and made from natural materials, using primarily plant based natural dyes and steer away from plastics, synthetics and mass-produced machine made styles.
Another aspect of LOOM is their sourcing services. Working with a limited number of boutiques selling wholesale, but also offer personal shopping and sourcing services for individual clients. Link often sends videos and texts directly from markets and workshops abroad for folks at home to choose from, allowing them to hand select items from international markets and villages not many people have access to.
LOOM Imports typically releases new products every 3 months, and have a constant stream of one of a kind goods trickling in throughout the year. A lot of our logistics and timing work around obstacles like the rainy season and harvest time when everyone in the community is needed in the fields. The LOOM team works with women’s co-ops, small family groups and individual artisans to design and produce their products. It is a collaborative effort, with Mae presenting ideas and designs and tweaking them out based on materials and resources available. As a fair trade company paying significantly above average wages and also insures that the partners have access to healthcare, education, workshops, childcare and opportunities that would not be granted in the traditional subsistence agriculture economy of their regions.