Dolma specializes in personal accessories and home décor. Each piece is carefully handcrafted with attention to detail, quality and beauty. We work with fair trade artisan cooperatives in India that were established to provide an alternative income to struggling communities. We focus on empowering women to earn an income and to invest in their families and communities.
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Table Linens Artisan Group
Skilled artisans create our beautiful tabletop collection as a reflection of the natural world that surrounds them. Inspired by vibrant Indian jungles, each piece is block printed by hand with floral and animal motifs. Thanks to fair trade, female artisans are empowered, the local economy is strengthened and cultural art forms are preserved.
Craft Process: Block Printing
India has been renowned for its block printed textiles for centuries. Our tabletop artisans help keep the celebrated tradition alive. They carve beautiful designs into wooden blocks, immerse them in paint and press them onto fabric – in careful but rapid free hand form.
Silk Scarves Artisan Group
Peace Silk Scarves weave strength and hope for struggling communities in rural Northern India. The scarves are created with a reverence for the land and the people. Women are empowered because they play a central role in production and the land is reforested to provide enough trees for the cocoons.
Craft Process: Silk Weaving
Silk weaving is a traditional regional craft passed down for generations. The villages harvest the silk, dye the thread and use wooden looms to weave glorious scarves.
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Cotton Scarves Artisan Group
Our collection of fair trade cotton scarves carries a story of hope. Each piece was handmade at an empowerment center for women in India. As part of the lowest caste in a male-dominated society, these women are overcoming discrimination and poverty as they receive a basic education and become talented artisans.
Craft Process: Block Printing and Beading
The artisans block print with various designs and pattern combinations so no two pieces are exactly alike. They embellish each scarf with a detailed beaded fringe.
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Cotton & Silk Handbags Artisan Group
Our collection of silk evening bags, cotton bucket bags and shoulder bags was made at an empowerment center for women in India. As part of the lowest caste in a male dominated society, these women are overcoming discrimination and poverty as they receive a basic education and become talented artisans.
Craft Process: Sewing
At the empowerment center, the women are trained in embroidery, block printing and sewing. Through their work, they are revitalizing important Indian craft forms and earning an income for their families.
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In addition to working directly with artisans in India, Dolma partners with Ganesh Himal, a fair trade organization that has worked with artisans in Nepal for over twenty years. Dolma features their fair trade paper products and hemp handbags from Nepal on our website.
Craft Process: Hemp Weaving
Hemp is a sustainable crop that grows rampantly in the Himalayan region. For countless years, Nepali artisans have woven bags from hemp fibers. The strong fibers create bags that are both durable and eco-friendly.
Craft Process: Paper Making
Artisans use Daphne Bark (also known as Lotka), a sustainable bush that grows rampantly in Nepal to create eco-friendly paper products. Combined with beautiful designs, the greeting cards and journals they create are true pieces of art.