New WARP Resource Guide
Weave a Real Peace (WARP) was founded in 1992 by Deborah Chandler as a way to connect friends in the United States with textile artisans in developing countries. She thought her friends could provide the artists with resources and networking, and that they all could learn from one another.
Since that time, WARP has grown from a few members to a robust organization that connects weavers, dyers, and other textile artisans and artists around the world.
Recently, WARP has come out with the new and exciting guide Artisan Textile Resources, which you can view in PDF form here. This wonderful guide has information on a wide variety of companies affiliated with WARP and their offerings. The guide includes businesses that sell textiles, yarn, and other fiber supplies, as well as those that provide services such as tours, design and consulting services, and much more.
If like us at BeWeave It you like to shop small and give gifts that help make the world a better place, make sure to check out this new resource guide and to look for Fair Trade products when you're shopping out and about. By supporting small, grassroots organizations you can help keep textile traditions alive and well around the world.
If you want to join in on the fun and become a member of WARP, it's easy! Anyone can become a member of WARP. It doesn't require any special connections to the fiber industry or retailers. All you have to do is have a passion for textiles and believe in WARP's mission.
WARP has a quarterly newsletter, discussion boards, and an annual meeting where members can get together in person to discuss new initiatives and experiences. For more information on WARP, the organization's mission, and how to join, check out their website.