First Look: Lauren Conrad's Woven Frame Collection
In addition to her thriving fashion label, Lauren Conrad is the co-founder of a growing global shop, The Little Market, which sells beautiful lifestyle accents, home décor, and fashion accessories made by artisans in developing nations. Today, Conrad and her partner and friend Hannah Skvarla give us an exclusive first look at their new collection of woven frames.
We are now carrying one-of-a-kind picture frames at The Little Market! We love these frames because of their bright colours and unique designs. A signature frame in the home can bring a pop of colour to a bare corner of a bookcase or plain surface of a side table. It is also the perfect way to display photos that capture memories you want to treasure for years to come.?
Each frame is made from the fabric of a huipil, which is the traditional blouse worn by Mayan women. Clothing is of great cultural significance to the Mayan, and the huipil is the most prevalent part of a woman’s traditional dress. Mayan women often weave their own huipils, and the design can reveal her individual personality. It also can identify where she is from, as each village has a unique weaving style. Women also use different colours for different times of year. Because of this, you may notice that some huipils have similar colours or styles; however, each huipil is a unique work of art and can take months to complete. Once a woman grows tired of her huipil, she will often sell it for extra income. Since the woven frames we carry at The Little Market are all made from huipil, no two frames are alike!
We first fell in love with these frames during our trip to Guatemala last year, when we met with the women artisans of Precious Hands, who make not only these frames but also many other woven products that we carry at The Little Market. Precious Hands works closely with artisans to help them design, produce, market, and sell their handmade goods. They also commit part of their profits to their micro-loan program, which provides long-lasting and sustainable assistance to individuals in the communities where their artisans live and work. Through the program, individuals can earn fair wages, grow their businesses, and prosper, thus improving their lives and the lives of their children.
At The Little Market, we work to build sustainable partnerships with artisans all around the world, by connecting them with customers through an online marketplace. When you display one of these frames in your home, you will be reminded that your purchase is making a difference in the home of the female artisan who made it. We hope you love the frames as much as we do!
Shop a few of our favourite frames below, and to see our complete collection and learn more about the artisans we work with, please visit our website.