A while ago I was lucky enough to be contacted by Sukhi who asked me if I would like to have one of their handmade rugs in my home. The first thing that drew me in (before I had even looked at the rugs) was the lovely social media this company has set up - its colourful and joyful (Sukhi means Happy in Nepali) and as it says - Sukhi is empowering women one rug at a time.
Now I absolutely love rugs, I enjoy layering and I appreciate quality - so I googled Sukhi and was excited/humbled to find out more about this ethical brand
Sukhi collaborate directly with the maker - cutting out the middle man - thus providing the maker with a fair wage
But for you lovers of colour just look at this
My rug arrived with a label on it telling me the name of the lady who had made it
In this case it was RITA
Sukhi believe that the talented people who make their rugs should receive great pay - Rita is able to work in her home creating woollen felt ball rugs and skilfully sews them into artisan rugs enabling her to be on hand to care for her family and also provide her with status within her community.
I actually feel very humbled that here I am in my very comfortable home owning a new rug from a lady in Nepal who has a completely different lifestyle to me. However, I have been provided with an email address to contact and thank Rita and share a photo of her work in my home. Don’t forget a lot of these workers will not speak the same language as us so a picture speaks a thousand words.
Most of the women who work for Sukhi live within walking distance from their place of work - some work making the woolen felt balls, some sewing them together and some offering supervision and training within the community of workers.
My rug is felt balled using a traditional technique but has been given a contemporary twist. It is beautifully made and very bouncy to walk on
Thank you RITA - I Love it!
Sukhi also work with artisans in small villages in Morocco, Turkey and India as well as Nepal. But the crucial part to all of this is that they buy directly from the maker and also ensure that the rugs are fair-trade with the workers receiving excellent pay and working conditions.
If you would like to see more, can I suggest you watch this empowering and inspiring video
Although I was lucky enough to be gifted this rug all opinions are my own