Afghanistan was once at the crossroads of flourishing international trade routes, and maintains rich craft traditions in embroidery, woodwork, jewelry, calligraphy, and ceramics, but its economy has suffered from thirty years of conflict and economic isolation and today is one of the poorest nations in the world... Discover Afghanistan
Turquoise Mountain - Afghan Crafts
Saleh Fine Silks - Afghan Silk Scarves
Zarif Design - Afghan Coats & Jackets


Though Colombia's economy has advanced significantly in recent years, there remains significant disparities between urban and rural populations. Rural people are often engaged in crafts, such as textiles or jewelry-making, to create income... Discover Colombia

Colombiart - Colombian Jewelry


While Ghana's overall poverty rate has declined, economic opportunity is still scarce in the dry northern regions of Ghana, and crafts such as basket weaving provide an extra source of income to families that can lift whole communities... Discover Ghana

Baba Tree - Market Baskets from Ghana


Incredible India, with its billion plus inhabitants, is widely known for its stunning crafts, beautiful colours, and rich traditions. Each state in this vast country has distinct craft traditions that represent an important source of income, as well as symbols of local identity... Discover India
House of Wandering Silk - Indian Kantha Scarves
Kara Weaves - Indian Textiles and Towels


Though Kenya is the safari capital of the world and the business hub of East Africa, the majority of its 40 million-plus inhabitants are subsistence farmers and pastoralists. Crafts such as sisal basket weaving provide much-needed income for women to support their families in poor agricultural areas... Discover Kenya
Kasigau Weavers - African Baskets
Mango True - African Baskets and Bags


Mexican craftsmanship has its own distinct aesthetic that reflects the peoples' indigenous heritage and unique skills. This is very evident in Otomi embroidery which is said to be inspired by the ancient wall paintings found in the nearby caves of Tenango de Doria, in the Mexican state of Hidalgo and is hand-embroidered in the vibrant colours of Mexico.... Discover Mexico
 Cooperativa Doni Joy - Mexican Otomi embroidery


Straddling Africa and Europe, Morocco is one of only three nations to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Since ancient times people from all over the world have traveled to this culturally dynamic country -- arriving as conquerors, traders and refugees. This has led to a unique cultural mix which is reflected in their crafts, such as their handspun Pom Pom Blankets... Discover Morocco

Maslouhi - Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets


Pakistan remains a country defined by its relations with India and Afghanistan, China and the US, Iran and Central Asia, though there is much more to be said about the country culturally. Today it has a vibrant contemporary art scene, is the world’s largest producer of textiles and carpets, and remains a leader in miniature painting, as well as a number of other handicrafts... Discover Pakistan
Polly and Me - Textiles, Bags and Clutches from Pakistan
Nylla Perveen Junejo - Pakistani Quilts


Sri Lanka has a renowned history of devotional architecture, art, dance and theatre, which draw on rich traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism. Its artisans are expert weavers, dyers, cloth-, metal- and wood-workers... Discover Sri Lanka


The small land-locked kingddom of Swaziland faces many issues: Infrastructure remains critically weak; Unemployment is estimated at 40%; and the country has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection in the world. The handicraft industry represents a major component of Swaziland’s economy, providing an additional source of income to many workers, mostly women, many of whom have organized under SWIFT (Swazi Fair Trade Organization), creating batik fabrics, sisal placemats and rugs, and unique paper products... Discover Swaziland
Baobab Batik - fair trade batik textiles from Swaziland
Gone Rural - lutindzi and sisal placemats from Swaziland


Tanzania was one of the first homes of the human race, and has been a major hub of commerce and cultural exchange for millennia. Today the population of 45 million consists of over 120 ethnic groups, creating a diverse cultural heritage. The Maasai in the northern part of the country are one of the most well-known groups for their incredible beadwork...
Discover Tanzania
Sidai Designs - Maasai Beaded Jewelry from Tanzania


During the Soviet Union’s seven-decade rule, regional crafts in Central Asia mostly declined. Since Uzbekistan’s independence in 1991, ikat, ceramics, suzani embroidery and a number of other crafts have re-emerged as important cultural exports... Discover Uzbekistan
Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov - ikat pillows and textiles from Uzbekistan


The ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of a short-lived Italian occupation from 1936-41. In 1974, a military junta deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE and established a socialist state... Discover Ethiopia


Situated off the southeast coast of Africa, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Having developed in isolation, the island nation is famed for its unique wildlife. Traditionally, the Malagasy economy has been based on... Discover Madagascar