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We have the honor of working alongside some pretty fierce women. Artists, self-starters, mothers, entrepreneurs – each one has her own story of how she's making a dent in this world. 


We now work with over 971 women across 18 different countries. We are divided by borders, cultures, and languages, but we share the same drive, the same desire to create something beautiful. We are incredibly humbled that these women have taken The Citizenry mission as their own – our success is their success, and vice versa. 


This International Women's Day, we want to highlight a few of the ladies who've helped make The Citizenry what it is today. Today, and everyday, we're inspired by these strong, hard-working ladies. 






Walk into Chiharu’s indigo dyeing studio, and you’ll be greeted by the master dyer herself – likely sporting oversized black rain boots and indigo stained hands and clothes. If her attire doesn’t give it away, one look at Chiharu effortlessly folding origami-like shapes, clamping wood plates, submerging cloths in one vat of indigo or solvent after another, and you know she is a true master.


She doesn’t follow dye recipes or patterns – after 30 years in the craft, it now comes natural to her. In fact, while most indigo dyers wear gloves, Chiharu prefers to use her bare hands. That way, she can feel the condition of the indigo vats and know by the temperature and consistency what hue it will yield. (Don’t worry, the indigo washes off with a little soap…).


There aren’t many traditional indigo dyers like Chiharu left in Japan – most of the indigo industry has traded the all natural dyes and hand-dyeing methods for faster, more mechanized approaches. Chiharu is committed to preserving the integrity and character of this ancient art, and with this collection of indigo textiles, we’re proud to partner with her studio in that effort.


To see this group's incredible work, click HERE.



In the remote region of Guapi, Cauca, an unexpected community of artisans is thriving. But it wasn’t always so. They are a part of an ethnic group who was forced to leave their ancestral lands in Choco due to hostility in that particular area. A strong and resilient crew, they not only built a new “village” from scratch, but they also found a way to earn a living.


Their career of choice? Basket weaving. This technique has been ingrained in their culture for generations – some go so far as to say it’s “in their blood.” From harvesting the Chocolatillo plant in nearby jungles and dyeing the fiber with native leaves or roots to weaving designs inspired by various animals or ancient legends, this craft is rooted in their heritage, representing their way of life.


Over the past 10 years, this group has worked tirelessly to perfect their weavings – and today are known internationally for their expertise and beautiful designs. And while this craft has given this community a sustainable living, in their opinion, it has first and foremost given them the opportunity to bring their rich heritage to homes near and far.


To see this group's incredible work, click HERE.



In India’s remote corner of Nagaland, what you wear matters – each tribe is known by the distinct motifs and patterns of their clothing. And with over 16 tribes and countless sub-tribes, you can imagine the depth and diversity of designs.

These textiles are woven using the ancient backstrap loom made of bamboo sticks and rope that’s fastened around the weaver’s waist. The best part? This loom can be set up pretty much anywhere, giving weavers the flexibility to work from home.

During our trip, Jesmina, the head of this group, took us to the weavers’ homes so we could see how it’s done. With each visit, we were taken aback by the artistry and expertise of these women. Weaving entirely by memory, these ladies effortlessly execute intricate patterns and stunning details.

Until about 25 years ago, these motifs were reserved for shawls or sarongs, but Jesmina saw an opportunity to expand the market by creating pillows and throws with the designs. Fast forward to today, and she now works with multiple weaving communities, providing sustainable employment and ensuring this craft lives on.


To see this group's incredible work, click HERE.



Between the picturesque sunsets and pristine beaches, you’d think Solor Island would be at the top of every travel guide. Thanks to its remote location (we took 4 planes and 1 boat to get there), we are now some of the few lucky ones who’ve experienced the beauty of this undiscovered oasis.

On the ferry boat ride over to the island, Hanna told us all about her parents who were from the fishing communities in the area. Her father worked to send Hanna to school in Jakarta, and now she is using her education to give back to these communities. About five years ago, she started working with basket weavers from villages in the area, giving them the opportunity to use their talents to earn a sustainable living.

Fast forward to today, and she now works with over 200 weavers across 17 villages. We got the chance to visit the Wulublolong village and meet some of these talented ladies. Over a cup of avocado juice, sitting under the tall palm trees, we got to know their stories – from how they learned to weave to their favorite foods and pastimes (they’ve got some top notch singing voices...). Needless to say, we were fast friends.


To see this group's incredible work, click HERE.



On our first night in Santiago, we had dinner with Cristobal and Valentina at a rooftop bar overlooking the city. Over a couple of piscolas and fresh ceviche, we chatted for hours – from how this husband-wife duo first met to when they decided to start their own design studio, we covered a lot of ground.

These two have dabbled in all aspects of the design world, with backgrounds in retail design, architecture, interior design, and even visual merchandising. But it wasn’t until recently that they decided to strike out and pursue their dream of opening their own studio. While risky, these two entrepreneurs just couldn’t help but pursue their passion. Fast forward to today, and Cristobal and Valentina are living the dream, designing and creating beautiful pieces for the home.

Partnering with small workshops all over the city of Santiago, they team up with woodworkers, stonemasons, and glass cutters who are are true experts in their craft. Together, they combine local materials – copper from the Atacama deserts, leather from Chillan – in a way that highlights the natural beauty of Chile in a fresh, unexpected way.


To see this studio's incredible work, click HERE. 



Driving down the single paved road to the remote village of Banskho, you may pass a handful of motorcycles, maybe a goat herd or two, but for the most part, you’ll simply find miles and miles of quiet farmlands. That is, until you turn into the weaving workshop – it’s here, you’ll meet this lively group of weavers.

When we first walked up, the women were busy spinning the yarn, the men weaving away at their pit-looms. Everyone was laughing and chatting, all excited for us to see their work. Rosa, one of the spinners, called us over to her wheel, wanting to teach us a thing or two. A few failed spins in, and she quickly realized we were a lost cause – at least we gave the whole crew a good laugh.

They went on to walk us through the whole process, from dyeing, to spinning and weaving, then onto finishing, washing, and drying. Beaming with pride, they couldn’t help but smile as we asked questions, in awe of their expertise and mastery of this age-old craft.

Throughout India, groups like these are becoming more few and far between. As we headed back to Jaipur along the same paved road, we felt grateful for the day and time with this special group. We are so honored to play a small role helping preserve their rare craft and community.


To see this group's incredible work, click HERE.


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