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Carol says she enjoys nothing more than educating customers about new fabrics on the market. Each is dressed in their Sunday best. The boys sport black pants, suspenders and white shirts, with straw hats placed jauntily atop their heads. The girls are demurely outfitted in black bonnets, solid-colored dresses and white aprons. For 30 years, Wile has fashioned dolls replicating the faceless Amish ones that were popular more than a century ago. Parents and grandparents praise them for their simplicity.
Collectors prize them as folk art. To do so was considered a violation of the biblical creed cautioning against making graven images. But followers of her way of life do drive cars, use electricity and computers and have telephones. In fact, other branches of the Christian group dress like mainstream America. John started his own welding business, and Ruth worked in a factory inspecting tubing intended for hospital use. Their life centered on family and community. But in , the world they knew shattered: I finished it while I was in the hospital recovering from surgery.
My doctor was determined to buy it for his daughter at any price. The more he asked about the doll, the more determined I became that I would give it to my daughter, which I did. When it was deemed that production costs would far outweigh profit, plainer Amish dolls became the obvious alternative. Following patterns she designed herself, Wile — assisted by her daughter, Brenda Miller — cuts 16 to 32 layers of cotton material at a time, enough to make attire for 32 dolls.
The duo then assembles the clothes on a Bernina sewing machine. Once the dolls are sewn together, the final step is dressing them. Although it sounds simple, it can be a challenge. But bouts of rheumatoid arthritis have scaled that number to fewer than 1, They are available in four sizes ranging from 9 to 18 inches tall, and each is hand-signed and named after a friend or family member.
The seamstress sells them exclusively at her shop, which is next to the Amish Country Campsites business that she and John own and operate. I love to see them go off to good homes. Instead, the hefty parcel contains material that the couple buys from a company in Michigan.
This was not without precedent; the year before the California-based company had sent students from Design Academy Eindhoven to work with craftspeople in Brazil. But attempts to turn the resulting pieces into commercially viable products had failed. Still, by the time Boontje approached them, executives felt they knew the pitfalls to avoid and were ready to give such a scheme another try, this time with the draw of a big-name designer to help push the idea along.
For example, since the pots are now more likely to be placed in an oven than hung over an open fire, he changed the handles to make them easier to carry. Five years ago whole-food was a very niche market; now Wholefoods is one of the most formidable chains in America. With awareness comes interest. Burks first worked with South African artisans in on a series of patchwork-covered vases for Missoni.
Two years later, through Aid to Artisans and Artecnica, he created TaTu, a wire table that breaks down into a bowl, a tray and a basket. He says he sees a rich future in such collaborations because they make business as well as ethical sense. Giulio Cappellini, founder of the eponymous Italian furniture company, agrees. The allure of such projects is also tied to the disappearance of affordable master artisans in Europe.
Where Cappellini is taking a creative approach, others have simply been forced to outsource; last year it was reported that porcelain manufacturer Royal Copenhagen was moving almost all of its production to Thailand.
Meanwhile, in the developing world, the issues are somewhat flipped on their heads. South African designer Haldane Martin says, for example, that while conscience plays a large role in his work, the main reason he experiments with local craft techniques is the lack of modern manufacturing options available to him. He has also discovered first-hand how important real commercial applications are in keeping traditional skills alive.
For his Zulu Mama chair, which marries an indigenous weaving technique to a contemporary stainless steel base, he had to create a separate business to train the workers who now make the piece for an international market. But the benefits — both social and financial — have been significant.
The products have a global design vocabulary but they come with a local flavour. Yet, like Martin, he has already made a start. Hella Jongerius talks about her new Ikea collection.
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