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November 12, 2019
Generations of Woodworking in Thailand
At Barehands, we love to see every collaboration as one that is made by artisans and consumers or designers around the world, using the skills and talents they have been endowed with to contribute to the betterment of communities around them. This year, we met a family of eight woodworkers including...
September 22, 2019
The hands behind KANOE: A child of the tropics, journeying across borders
A look into ethical fashion brand, KANOE. Born and bred in Malaysia, fashion designer and owner, Ms Noelle Kan, saw life take her through a series of adventures that finally gave birth to the tropical brand - KANOE.
September 18, 2019
"Look, Ma! Our Barehands is featured in the papers!"
An honest reflection on the lessons learnt from the founders of Our Barehands with just five months in operation.
July 11, 2019
Bead by Bead in Gujarat
The Wanderer series of earrings was inspired by the sights and sounds of Gujarat, India. The Sarita and Aarika beaded earrings were woven with that in mind; terracotta-like beads representing its earthy architecture, olive beads representing the agricultural and horticultural tradition that many villagers have, while the black and gold coloured beads feature...
June 26, 2019
A Different Design by Eh Wah
Conceptualised by Eh Wah, Myanmar-based designer who loves all things colourful, she has been working with a group of women producers for the past seven years to train them in their craft. These women have benefitted much from Eh Wah who has tirelessly trained and provided them with a sustainable...
April 24, 2019
The Weekender: Generations of Leather Crafters
The Puspak* (pronounced as push-pak) woven slides in vegetable-tanned full grain water buffalo leather was handmade in a small village located in North Karnataka, India. With just over 11,000 people living in that village, our leather shoemakers have been pronounced 'Master Shoemakers' by the local community due to its centuries-long tradition of...
April 24, 2019
The Weekender: The Wayuu Way of Life
The Wayuu (pronounced as wai-you) people, an indigenous group from South America, are known as the people of the sun, sand, and wind. They arrived in the Guajira Peninsula of Colombia from the Amazon rainforest and Antilles around 150AD to escape hostile environments to find a new home. The tribe survived many fights...