Who Inspire Us? Eve Blossom + Lulan Artisans

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‘In a symbiosis of beauty and function, product and purpose, Lulan creates sophisticated contemporary designs in order to open new, profitable markets to traditional artisans. Just as our fabrics enhance your décor and wardrobe, we work to enhance the economic development and quality of life of our weavers, spinners, dyers and finishers. create sustainable livelihoods by paying ample wages and assisting in benefits, such as education and housing, to improve quality of life in the villages, towns and communities we work in throughout Southeast Asia. Our business practices promote economic,environmental, cultural and social sustainability.’
Lulan Artisans mission

The founder of Lulan Artisans, Eve Blossom, was trained as a designer and architect and discovered a passion for the hand-woven textiles of Southeast Asia while spending two years restoring French villas in Vietnam. During her travels throughout the region, she met master weavers, learned their stories and was moved by their remarkable talents and spirit. She became determined to broaden the principles of design and architecture to empower these artisans economically while celebrating their spirit, skills and traditions. The (for profit) business of Lulan Artisans was born and has provided over 650 weavers, spinners, dyers and finishers in Cambodia, India, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam with stable livelihoods ever since. In addition to this economic stability Lulan helps grow local economies and assists with other social benefits such as education, housing and healthcare.

A frequent lecturer on design and social change, Eve is not only committed to sustainable responsible design comprehensively, she is also intent on changing business methodologies to create economic options for artisans whether in Southeast Asia or in the U.S. I was fortunate enough to hear her lecture last fall and her humble presence and unshakable devotion was remarkable. Learn more about her story and the story of Lulan Artisans in her new book, Material Change – a must-read for any social designer and provocateur.

-Devon

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