west elm Handcrafted: Behind the scenes in Jaipur

It takes 7 craftspeople to make one hand-blocked quilt! That’s a lot. But the beautiful results produced by hand-carving, printing, and stitching can’t be replicated any other way. That’s why we work with this small artisan group in Jaipur, India, to produce amazing hand-blocked patterned quilts by hand, the way it’s been done for generations.

Watch the video below to learn more about this family-owned printing workshop, and visit our site to see our committment to artisans across the world.

west elm Handcrafted: Behind the scenes in Jaipur

west elm Handcrafted: Behind the scenes in Jaipur

west elm Handcrafted: Behind the scenes in Jaipur

west elm Handcrafted: Behind the scenes in Jaipur

west elm Handcrafted: Behind the scenes in Jaipur

west elm Handcrafted: Behind the scenes in Jaipur

west elm Handcrafted: Behind the scenes in Jaipur

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Carter

November 18, 2013

Thanks for shining some light on international handicrafts! As a seller of wordily craft supplies, I appreciate handmade from around the world. While I admire all of the attention on American-made, it is nice to honor artists and crafters from the rest of the world too. Lovely, insightful photos. Cheers~

cynic

March 12, 2014

So how to you actually compensate these artisans? What is their compensation based on? West Elm sales and profits?

Jake

March 12, 2014

Ha, we understand that it’s easy to be cynical!

The vendors and artisans we work with determine the pay structure for their employees, typically as an hourly rate. It is not determined by west elm sales or profit. All of our vendors are required to comply to our Safe and Fair Labor Practices.

A big part of our Clinton Global Intiative committment is that we are paying $35 million directly to artisans across the world through 2015.

If you want to learn more about why we care about this, and how we’re trying to make a difference, you can read this post straight from west elm president Jim Brett.

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