Proud Mary is a socially conscious textile design company. We work with artisans in developing countries to create a line of "ethnic-modern" fabric by the yard, personal, and home accessories. All of our artisans are paid a fair wage for their work and by granting access to broader markets we can assist in facilitating economic growth for themselves and their families.
I wanted to combine my love for different cultures, economic development, and design into a business that supports global artisans. Rooted in my background in the interior design field, I chose to focus on textiles as I feel they are the greatest visual story teller of a culture.
All of our products are made from hand woven or printed textiles which are then used to create home and personal accessories. The materials vary and are based on which textiles are native to the countries where we work. For example, we work with hand woven cotton from Guatemala and naturally dyed wool from Peru. We seek out our artisan groups through non-profits, individuals, and NGOs on the ground.
We use azo-free, low impact dyes on our Guatemalan textiles and natural, plant based dyes on our Peruvian textiles. The handmade manufacturing process greatly reduces energy usage during the production process.
We donate 10% of our "Proud Mary Market" (found objects) goods to non-profits in the goods country of origin. We also consult with established brands and new companies wishing to incorporate ethical components into their collections.
Our fabric is hand woven by weaving groups in Guatemala and Peru. The products are then sewn by nearby sewing cooperatives. The final product is shipped to Charleston, SC where it is warehoused and sent out to the final consumer.
We chose to work with 3 weaving groups and 2 sewing cooperatives in Guatemala. These groups all specialize in different weaving techniques; brocades, Ikats, and tightly woven stripes. Our main sewing cooperative was started by widows of the Guatemalan conflict in the 1980's as a way to rebuild their lives. In Peru we are working with a recent graduate of Columbia University who is on the ground in the Northern Peruvian highlands to facilitate our newest textile exploration.