Dan and I began exploring the area as soon as we arrived, visiting with local artisans and learning more about Peru's culture of craftsmanship. I loved watching a Cusco weaver in the process of creating a new textile.

A DARA Sourcing Trip in Peru

If you’re passionate about discovering beautifully handmade things imbued with centuries of tradition and technique, Peru is veritable fantasy world. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Nov 11, 2015
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After a Tragic Earthquake, Nepal’s Artisans Find a Way to Move Forward

Having worked closely with local Nepalese artisans for many years, FROM THE ROAD founder, Susan Easton, was devastated to learn that a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake had struck Nepal this past April. Much to her relief, none of the artisans had sustained serious injuries, but many lost their homes in the tragedy. She knew they would face the subsequent challenge of rebuilding their lives, both literally and figuratively, amidst a world thrown into chaos. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Sep 29, 2015

Back to Roots with Tucker Robbins

Renowned furniture designer Tucker Robbins has a vision for world peace. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Aug 12, 2015

Q&A with Livewell’s Claire O’Hare and Susan DiMarco

Livewell co-founders Claire O’Hare and Susan DiMarco are more than just jewelry designers and business partners— they’re also sisters! We sat down with the stylish duo to find out more about their brand and how they decided to work together. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Jul 23, 2015
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Watch Mirena Kim Behind The Scenes

George Billard visits Mirena Kim‘s Los Angeles studio to get an inside look at the artisan’s process. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Jul 16, 2015
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The Art of Bhutanese Weaving

Textile experts widely acknowledge Bhutanese weaving to be among the most sophisticated and time consuming in the world.


Written by DARA Artisans.Jun 23, 2015


As the former advisor to the first lady of Peru, Marta Castañeda traveled extensively to different areas around the country. Wherever she went, she couldn’t help but marvel at the abundance of highly talented native artisans. Struck by the evident quality of their craftsmanship, Marta left her post to refocus her career on creating a global market for traditional Peruvian artistry. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.May 30, 2015

Raven + Lily

Socially conscious lifestyle brand Raven + Lily is one of the latest additions to the DARA family. Dedicated to empowering women around the world through design, co-founders Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin employ marginalized women in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan, Guatemala, and the USA at fair trade wages.


Written by DARA Artisans.May 05, 2015
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Behind the Scenes : Martinez C.

It is a joy to discover creative individuals who still take the time to savor the beautiful materials and meticulous processes of craft-based design. Eduard Martinez is one such artisan.


Written by DARA Artisans.Apr 16, 2015
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Q&A with Peter Hofmeister

Peter Hofmeister got his start designing for Ralph Lauren and now works full-time creating distinctive handmade jewelry in his Manhattan studio. With his keen eye for detail and stunning Bohemian aesthetic, Peter is the kind of artisan we dream about working with at DARA. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Mar 31, 2015
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DARA Artisans promotes cultural curiosity and a sense of discovery by offering a sophisticated edit of handmade artisan crafts to an audience seeking authentic, responsibly sourced designs with a modern aesthetic.