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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  1. Thanks so much for the introduction Phyllis, I love supporting these types of ventures!


  2. These are beautiful Phyllis, and I love supporting local artisans, or women owned businesses!
    xo Nancy

  3. Hi, Phyllis -
    Thank you for the introduction to Creative Women Textiles. I love learning and supporting this kind of business. Ellen's textiles look beautiful and remind me of vintage homespun linens. Many years ago, Tom and I visited a women's weaving factory in a little village in the Atlas Mts of Morocco.
    x Loi

  4. You find the most unique merchants who make and sell beautiful/quality items for a home!

  5. Hi Phyllis. What a great company! I love the concept and its gentle footprint. Will check them out. B

  6. What beautiful things and a great company indeed. I just bought a beautiful hand woven scarf from a lady in India and felt proud to contribute to a woman artist's solo enterprise. :)

    xo Terri

  7. Such beautiful linens and a great way to help women in developing countries. I'll be sure to visit the company's website.


  8. What a wonderful when someones heart strings are tugged and a cause and a business join hands!

  9. What beautiful textiles for a wonderful cause. I can't wait to check out their website!

  10. Phyllis,
    I had read about this organization some time ago. What a great cause and such beautiful products for us, the consumer. It's truly a win-win. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. LOVING the blue stripe hand towels. They have Gates written all over... :) N.G.

  12. love this woman's mission, woman to woman, across the globe, brilliant. off to visit her site, beautiful products!
    thanks for the introduction.

  13. Happy to know about Creative Women. Thanks for sharing this post.

  14. What a wonderful cause! This is great, thank you for the introduction!

  15. I think what Ellen is doing is amazing. It is wonderful to be able to create job opportunities for women that are in areas of the world where jobs are not in abundance. You are very lucky that you got to meet her.

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  16. Hi Phyllis
    This is a truly wonderful business; going to take a look at their site; what I see here is of such quality!

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  17. Great cause and stunning products! Will have to bookmark. Thanks for the intro.

  18. Wow, they are simply awesome! I really love the fabric, its texture and design. I’m glad that they aim to empower women of today. I think that’s really great of them to inspire a lot of women to build or make difference. I hope they will keep up to their mission. Kudos to you!

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