Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things: Creative Women Textiles

When I arrive at the showroom, located in a repurposed mill on the banks of the Winooski River in Burlington, the founder and powerhouse behind Creative Women, Ellen Dorsch, is navigating the intricacies of expressing idioms in a foreign language while testing the limitations of Google Translate as she communicates via email with a new resource in Morocco.

 Hatch Hand Towels

Now in her 11th year of business, Ellen started Creative Women to make a difference in the lives of women in developing nations.

Ribs Bath Towels 

Working with small producers of natural fiber textiles in Africa - all women-owned businesses - Ellen's designs are hand-woven into beautiful, high quality table and bath linens. The collaborations create increasing numbers of jobs for women whose opportunities would otherwise be very limited.

Hatch Napkins and Tablecloth

Having been a devoted customer for the last a few years, meeting Ellen in person quickly revealed the secret to the ongoing appeal of Creative Women. Her vivacious presence, her love of adventure and a passionate commitment to the underlying purpose of her enterprise is immediately evident. 

Block Silk and Cotton Throws

Speaking of her recent forays into the souks of Marrakesh, on her own and unaccompanied by a guide, Ellen's ability to move through a foreign environment with ease and make local connections that cultivate fair and mutually beneficial trading partnerships is a key to her success. The end result is the offering of an exquisite selection of truly unique, limited production accessories.

Dots Beach Blankets

During my visit I was granted a sneak peek at the samples for some absolutely fabulous pillows that will debut later this year. Stay tuned!

Asmara Stripes Cotton Scarves

To see more Creative Women products visit the website here; to shop Creative Women online or find a store near you click here.

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