The Turkish Collection
Originally used in Turkish baths, Turkish towels, also known aspeshtamels or hammam towels, have been traditionally hand-loomed inTurkey for centuries. They are made using extra-long, tightly wovenfibers which gives them a lightweight, yet highly absorbent quality. Thepatterns feature vibrant motifs conveying the timeless heritage of theAntatolia culture.
Our Turkish towels are loomed by small, family owned workshops in theDenizli region of Turkey. Weaving is the main source of income forthese skilled weavers, who pride themselves on keeping the loomingtradition alive, utilizing manual craftsmanship without compromisingquality. They only use eco-friendly, OEKO-TEX certified, 100% naturalfibers such as cotton and bamboo and colors are achieved throughnon-harmful dyes. Tassels are hand-knotted by women in their homes.
The Alpaca Collection
In the earliest Peruvian history, you will find examples of the bondbetween the Incas and alpaca. The Incas placed a higher value on alpacafiber than gold or silver. The knowledge and craftsmanship of spinningand knitting has been passed down from generation to generation,resulting in the rich, diverse textile heritage of Peru. New patternsare combined with traditional methods, giving an innovative touchwithout losing the ethical heritage.
The alpaca live mostly without any boundaries in the highlands of thePeruvian Andes and are not harmed during the shearing process. Theirsoft padded feet are gentle on the grass terrain and they graze withoutdestroying the root system of the area. Alpaca is the only animal thatproduces up to 28 natural colors and can be blended into an infinitearray of natural shades from inky black to warm chestnuts and snowywhite. It is easily dyed in any color and always retains its naturalluster.
Alpaca is supple and smooth to the touch and because of thefeatherweight, it’s ultra-light. Alpaca is softer than cashmere andwarmer and stronger than lamb’s wool. It contains microscopic airpockets which create lightweight clothing with excellent insulatingproperties. It is a completely natural fiber and there is no use ofharsh chemicals in production.
Alpaca Hats & Gloves
Do no harm.It's one of the core tenets in the mission of Sunseed. This is why weat Sunseed make a commitment to use only eco-friendly, ethicallyproduced and sustainable products that not only lower our carbonfootprint, but also actively contribute to saving the planet. This is our collection of products from artisans around the world to help you fulfill a well-rounded mind, body and spirit.
Bracelets & Prayer Beads
Our impact products have been carefully curated from Artisans across the world. Each offering is a rare, one-of-a-kind or limited edition item that provides the highest amount of impact to the local rural economy where these items are made. To learn more about the impact your dollar has on the micro-economy of each product, read the "Artisan Profile" in each product description.
Ironwork artisans, living in an underprivileged community in the Kandal Province, approximately 45 minutes from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, make this recycled bomb shell and bullet jewelry. Bomb casings are left over from Cambodia's wartime three decades ago. Ironwork artisans skillfully mold bomb shells into beautiful jewelry pieces, introducing a small income to under privileged communities. While Cambodia has enjoyed years of peace and development since the war and atrocities of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, today 30% of the population still live below the poverty line(on less than $1.25 per day).
The art of jewelry making is as old as the Indian civilization itself. For centuries women have been adorned in intricate, ornamental designs. The innovative techniques and designs have evolved over time but the jewelry remains true to Indian culture and traditions.
Who are the Hmong? They are an Asian ethnic group from the mountain regions of China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Originally from southern China, the Hmong gradually migrated south during the 18th century due to political unrest and to find more workable land. Today, many Hmong are located in the remote thick forests and mountains of the northern Thai regions and are well integrated into Thai society. They are rich in culture, family, and art and are distinctive in their fabric patterns and vibrant costumes. The Hmong tribal groups have expressed their faith, belief and way of life into each piece of fabric, making each piece come to life with an amazing history behind it!
Karen & Tara
The ancient brass ring tradition has been worn by most of the Karen Tribe women since around age 5. They wear the rings to portray an elongated neck. In their culture this is a sign of beauty. The rings do not actually make the neck longer. They force the collarbone down and deform it giving the appearance of a longer neck.
TARA (Trade Alternative Reform Action) Projects made its humble beginning in the early seventies with the objective of creating avenues of income for economically disadvantaged artisans and craftsmen in Delhi, India. Encouraged by its initial success, the project gradually extended its socioeconomic and trade reform activities to the adjoining states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan in Northern India.