"Much has been written about the role of artisan production in promoting socio-economic development, especially for poor women, but there is surprisingly little empirical work that documents the outcomes of artisan and craft work, especially under fair trade conditions. "Artisans and Fair Trade" helps close the gap by focusing on MarketPlace, and there is no better place than India for such an in-depth case study. India has a rich history of artisan textiles, it has embraced global trade with vigor in the past two decades, and it confronts multiple issues of poverty and female disempowerment."
"This book provides a vivid portrayal of the lives and aspirations of women handicraft workers in India and reveals how fair trade relations can strengthen individual and collective capabilities. The Marketplace story is inspiring, showing how development and business goals can combine in building a more equitable world."
"An inspirational case study of a Fair Trade textile group in Mumbai, set in the context of the broader ethical certification movement. Quantitative and qualitative studies of the artisans' lives emphasizes the impact that collaborative production and direct market access has on these remarkable women."
"Provides a critical exploration of the real meaning and motivation of “Fair Trade.” Based on in-depth research that follows a pioneering fair trade organization over eight years, the book presents a thorough, thoughtful and compelling assessment of the impacts of fair trade practices on the artisans who form its base... hopefully it will bring increased support for cultural industries and decent work for the creative and skilled artisans of the world."
About the Author
Mary A. Littrell is Professor and Department Head in Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University. Dr. Littrell’s research addresses multiple facets of business social responsibility, with special focus on artisan enterprises. Across her internationally recognized work, she has examined how textile artisan enterprises achieve viability in the increasingly competitive global market for artisan products.
Marsha A. Dickson is Professor and Department Chairperson in Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Dickson is internationally known for her research and teaching on socially responsible practices in the apparel industry. Her research has been conducted in several countries, including China, Guatemala, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Dr. Dickson is founder and President of an international consortium of Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business, whose initial membership includes over 80 apparel and textile educators from 35 states in the United States and seven countries. Dr. Dickson is also a member of the board of directors of the Fair Labor Association, a non-governmental organization originally formed by President Clinton to address labor standards and working conditions in the apparel industry.