Suspiro Taller (pronounced "tie-yehr" in Spanish) is a socially conscious design workshop. We work with artisans in Ecuador to create bags using natural materials and traditional crafting techniques. Suspiro was started in 2012 by Veronica Buitron, who was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She studied Fashion and Designed Objects abroad with the idea to come back home and use design as a tool for social change. With this vision in mind, Suspiro focuses on the value of what the land can provide and what the hand can create with it.
We are very proud of the bags we produce at Suspiro! Handmade, quality work goes a long way. Each bag offers:
- Hand-woven fabric made from hand-spun wool & cotton.
- Sustainable practices that preserve the land and people.
- Job opportunities for Ecuadorion Artistans, and the means to preserve their textile traditions.
Our goals for the future Suspiro Taller are simple: continue to grow our company and product line, offer more jobs to the people of Ecuador, and leave an even lower impact on the land.
Kickstarter funding will allow us to:
- Restore the looms and weaving studios.
- Set up an education system and network for broader weaving education among the community.
- Set up a natural dying workspace, which will bring more color to the fabrics while remaining safe for the artisans and land.
- Create an outdoor workspace for the spinners to gather and work together.
- Expand Suspiro Taller in the US and beyond by improving our website and online store, and also by attending internationally recognized art fairs and gift shows.
- We follow Fair Trade practices: The artisans are paid a fair wage, and can work in their villages without being forced to move their families or commute long distances.
- We provide labor to women: Our bags are sewn by a small collective workshop led by women in Quito.
- Traditions and local economies of the Andean communities are kept alive, which preserves their identity in the midst of the modern marketplace.
- 100% handcrafted fabric made by local spinners and weavers in Ecuador.
- Natural hardware made from local Ecuadorian wood.
- Up-cycled fabrics that would otherwise be discarded from textile mills.
- Decorative seeds local to Ecuador.
- Use of natural tones of wool & cotton and native natural dyes.
- Traditional techniques that involve low energy consumption, and leave no contamination of the water or soil.
- Knowledge of our supply chain - There is no middle man. We direct each step of the bag-making process, so Suspiro and the artisans grow together, and know all of the materials involved.
Our artisans are located two hours south outside Ecuador's capital city of Quito. Spinning and weaving have traditionally been a huge part of their economy and historic integrity. Cotton and wool is hand spun by the women of this Andean town, and the weavers transform that yarn to become the beautiful hand-woven fabric that makes up the bags of Suspiro Taller.
We wanted to work with these communities because of their incredible textile traditions, as well as a lack of jobs within close proximity. As of now, most people in this region have few job options: commuting long distances to work as construction workers in Quito city, or working at the nearby flower plantations where pesticides and chemicals greatly endanger the people and their land. Before Suspiro, only a few people (mainly elders of these communities) were able to earn a modest living on the traditions of spinning and weaving.
In a world of mass production and fast fashion, the demand for hand-spun fiber or hand-woven fabric is diminishing for these communities. Suspiro not only produces bags, but results in additional jobs for the people of these Andean Communities.
Risks and challenges
We know there are potential delays in production that involves international and hand-made items. However, we're helping prepare our artisans for a larger a quantity of materials, and we anticipate that production will only become more efficient over time.
While Veronica will stay in Ecuador, Chelcie will return to Chicago in May. That means having one person in close proximity to the artisans, and the other able to expand Suspiro in the states, which is vital for successful growth and consistent practices.
We will do our very best to get your items shipped by the timeline we have stated. We will also stay in regular contact with our contributors and collaborators, in case there are any delays along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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