Woodfolk: 'Wood' represents nature, earth, grounding, depth and foundation | 'Folk' represents people, community, and light-heartedness.
Woodfolk is a hub of accessories and homewares that are proudly designed in Australia by jeweller and designer Julia Denes. These designs are handmade by either herself or by Nepali artisans throughout Nepal.
Woodfolk believes in honesty, compassion and being kind to the environment which means that not only do they use natural materials to create their products, but they also work in harmony with communities in need in order to create their beautiful pieces.
Woodfolk is focused on collaborating and working with organisations focused on women, which helps to create opportunity self-determination and support into these communities through social entrepreneurship. They are also a member of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, and pride themselves on creating relationships that are built on trust, equality and fair trade. Their long-term goal is to bring meaningful change to their lives, as well as demonstrating a fairer alternative to businesses seeking trade with third world communities.
Those in Nepal that help to make the timeless products have master skills that have been passed down from one generation to the next. By preserving these authentic art forms, Woodfolk is helping to encourage the continuation of learning these skills and traditional methods in order to create their unique and quality products. For example, for all of Woodfolks wood pieces, they work with the Newar family in Nepal. According to UNESCO, the craftsmanship of the Newars is one of the most highly-developed in the world.
All of their scarves, bags and cotton gift pouches are handmade from natural materials by a women's co-op in Kathmandu Valley. As a result of working with Woodfolk, the women develop skills and a sense of entrepreneurship, as well as creating independence, a primary or secondary income to support their families, and a strong sense of self-worth. It's businesses like Woodfolk that I hope the large fast fashion brands will take notice of and emulate.
Another thing, all the materials Woodfolk use are natural & sustainable think linen, wood, cotton, and ceramics. By working with natural materials it means that at the end of its life it can be recycled (although I'm sure that wouldn't happen because of how timeless and beautiful the pieces are).
Working with artisans in Nepal also means that the whole of Woodfolk's supply chain from material to final product can be traced. For example, the wood they use is Sisoo wood which is part of the Rosewood family. In keeping with being an incredibly mindful business Sisoo wood is local to Nepal, fast growing and plantation grown. Sisoo wood is one of the finest general-use timbers in South Asia, and is commonly used for high-grade furniture so you know that the pieces you are getting from Woodfolk match that level of quality.
Julia Denes from Woodfolk
To finish it off, all Woodfolk pieces are packaged in 100% cotton pouches that have been handmade by their women's organisation in Nepal and 100% recycled paper. I am absolutely obsessed with businesses that not only do good, but create incredible products
You can check out Woodfolk via their website and Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
*This post is in collaboration with Woodfolk.