Hidden-Talent Rises!

Hidden-Talent Rises!

December 21, 2017

The Maker World aims to promote sustainable livelihoods and preserving maker trades, slow fashion style. To that end, a minimum of 10% of our sales revenue goes to incentivizing new talent, providing tools, education, training, support, and apprenticing for individual makers or maker communities. This year you've contributed to the fulfillment of a dream and entrepreneurial incubation of clothing designer, natural talent, and single mother Leidy Johanna Meneses from Barichara, Colombia. We've mentored, advised, and provided entrepreneurial and financial support for her to fulfill her first clothing collection launch.

She's now selling this collection in her hometown and is available to design custom styles by contacting her on Facebook page, @WonderfulladyDesigns. She's now equipped with ability and know-how on how to build her own custom-design business. Your support has made this possible and together we thank you for contributing to sustainable livelihoods, and skills development and preservation. 

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Honoring the Meaning of Solidarity

Honoring the Meaning of Solidarity

December 20, 2017

The UN reports that "470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labour market between 2016 and 2030." 

When one considers the daunting numbers needed to sustain a future generation working, we can feel dejected, but we can't give up; we need to unite.

It really takes a village to meet these global needs for our future generations; a real challenge that needs to be faced through Human Solidarity and action from retailers, customers, and makers. The Maker World, has chosen to step up to the plate as a conscious business that pays fair market value, contributes back to makers and their communities, and gives customers excellent quality goods and an opportunity to contribute to this effort, through better purchases.

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Andes Mountains, Santander, Colombia

Mountains and Makers Matter

December 12, 2017

In commemoration of International Mountain Day we honor Ana Felicia, Cooking Ceramics Maker...

When I met Ana Felicia in 2016, her beautiful #Maker demeanor shone through like a breath of fresh air. She was ready to show us her stock of pots, pans, skillets, and plates. The 85 year old Alfarera works squatting on a stool, on top of a wooden surface and solely by hand without a pottery wheel. Just manipulation of clay, water, patience, love, and skills. She's the last of a generation of #ceramicsmakers that kept her region's mountain families cooking in one of the most natural and ancient ways: #handmadepottery. They once had a thriving 300 pottery-makers (alfareros) business, covering a small town region of the #AndesMountains, in Santander, Colombia.  

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The Maker's Touch

The Maker's Touch

November 13, 2017

If we relegate makers to legend, we risk losing their skills. Surely technology has allowed for mass production of many goods and some are great, but those that require a maker’s touch, go from being a regular product to a truly fabulous one. Lets not succumb to mass produced goods for our basic needs; we can, with forethought buy better and help keep people at the core of making quality goods and earning well from their craft. Share your favorite maker story and images @themakerworld.

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Who are Makers?

Who are Makers?

November 15, 2016

After Agriculture, the Maker (or artisan) sector is the most active means of earning a living in the developing world. Through traditional craftsmanship, men and women labor to make the amazing products we use. They deserve fair pay, improved social and economic mobility and to be recognized for their honest, hard work. TheMakerWorld.com is working to build a coalition of conscious makers, marketers, and buyers that want to advance lasting, sustainable impact and share prosperity more equitably. Together, we can reduce income disparity and bring back, to our markets, greater access to exceptional handmade goods.

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Handmade products for the holidays, holiday planning, leather-goods, small artisans

Conscious Buying For the Holidays Merits Planning and Forethought

November 06, 2016

As we set to go on our shopping sprees for the holidays we may want to consider products that go beyond a simple purchase. There are many wonderful conscious e-commerce stores that are working to do more with the products they sell, than just sell a brand or a product. They have integrated the making or manufacturing of goods as means to promote work, create long-term sustainability, and combat income disparity.

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Makers Matter: Handmade Health Tech

Makers Matter: Handmade Health Tech

October 26, 2016

In the world of makers and their traditions of mastery, there is always an underlying sadness that comes from feeling that the traditions may be lost. Mostly a result of the tradition no longer being a viable means to making a good living. As such, the younger generations find other livelihoods.

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Maker Traditions to Value

Maker Traditions to Value

October 23, 2016

Ana Felica in her Maker’s Den. This is her inventory and on the other side is a squatting-stool and a short table where she sits to hand-make her traditional ceramic cookware.

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National Handbag Day

National Handbag Day

October 10, 2016

Today, The Maker World honors the original Makers of carrying functions such as handbags, baskets, and ceramics. The indigenous people from around the world resourcefully curated mother nature’s gifts to fulfill their carrying needs. They were function driven, but also wove meaning, beauty and style into their goods.

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The Maker World

The Maker World

June 06, 2016

At the beginning of this year, my sweet, future sister-in-law visited Colombia for the first time. In planning our few days together, she mentioned that she wanted to go shopping. Of course, what do we do? We take her to buy shoes in San Francisco, a shoe-making suburb of Bucaramanga. It is one of Colombia’s shoe-making hubs, with generations of people working on the craft, in store settings as well as from their homes.

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