Picking up where we left off in last post..

It’s time to tip the scales back towards reverence of material and process and away from the mass manufacturing of today. Deceleration. A slowing down of design and culture is the way forward. Fewer things, made well. And it’s happening! Companies like Hermes are investing in amazing things like the creation of leather from mushrooms and have pledged to design a collection from this new age material.

Scientific American – This Mushroom Leather Is Being Made into Hermès Handbags

Made with reishi. Credit: MycoWorks


The philosophy of deceleration, more selective design and production plans, and attention to materials and design circularity may be easier to implement in the fine, luxury design sector. But there is good news across the broader, global artisan sector, bringing massive benefits through SDG related considerations such as rural economic development, cultural preservation, attention to diversity, inclusion, empowerment, and more.

The global handmade market was estimated at a whopping 678 billion in 2022, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7% from through 2030. An enormous global network of artisans and makers are working successfully in slow design. Commitment to sustainable materials and practices will be crucial going forward.

Handicrafts Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends Report, 2030


Thinking about synthetics for a moment..

Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester fiber, which is now the most commonly used fiber in our clothing. The entire supply chain of polyester and other synthetic fibers are responsible for vast microplastic pollution and threats to environmental and human health. Fossil-based fibers also fuel systems of overproduction and consumption endangering and de-valuing workers. This leaves us with the critical question: How do we turn off the tap on plastic synthetic fibers?

Time to pivot back towards natural fibers, recycled and up-cycled materials, slow, circular design and processes! 



FLAX : the fiber of a healthy culture

The story of flax tells us of land and resources used well, of the strongest of fibers and millennia of woven textiles, of the creation of economic value and its historical  shifts, of hands and looms, and generations of people and culture. Once we were aware of the true value of all these factors, and each linen item made from the heritage plant fiber was like a precious gift. 

A natural fiber, the strongest in the world, flax and the linen woven from it are  central to circular design, and highly sustainable in terms of pest resistance, water consumption, and durability and care of final product. The use of natural fibers like flax is crucial when considering that fossil-based fibers fuel systems of overproduction and consumption endangering and de-valuing workers.

It’s time to tip the scales back towards reverence of material and process and away from the mass manufacturing of today. Deceleration. A slowing down of design and culture is the way forward. Fewer things, made well.



Nicole Gulotta, veteran NYC stylist, designer, and sustainability consultant, is happy to offer an insider styling experience to visitors to the Balearics.

Currently residing between Menorca and Mallorca, Nicole has relationships with the best fashion, design, and lifestyle purveyors in the islands.

Clients will benefit from an experienced cosmopolitan eye, being directed to the boutiques offering the most sophisticated and highly curated kaftans, party dresses, accessories, decor, jewelry and more. With an eye for elevated craft and a commitment to sustainable luxury, it’s as much about the delight of finding the handwoven farmer’s hats and baskets to bring back as gifts as sussing out the most exclusive, independent designers that will inevitably bring the question, “where did you get that?”

Personal shopping tours feature appointments at the the best boutiques in Mao, San Luis, Ciutadella, Deia, and Palma. Receive the special attention of owners and staff, delight in yummy snacks and local intel along the way.

The process begins with a questionnaire or video chat at time of booking to discover client style profile, preferences, and size details.

A half or full day of shopping, sourcing and gathering is next. Purchases are made in boutique by client, accompanied by Nicole.

Alternatively, a guest specific selection can be made and delivered to hotel, home, and yacht. Several hours of fittings and client selection follow, completing the client experience. Nicole arranges returns, exchanges, and wrap details.

Please inquire after further details and booking fees for Summer 2023.



Design & Business Development


If reviews are a cannon for determining wether something is valuable, Ellen Amiryan’s response to my request that she say something about her experience of the Conscious Design+Culture program is priceless, “Umm, it changed my life, Nicole.”

Ellen, a talented student at Parsons School of Design, visited Mallorca in June 2022 for the beta run of this program. It began with a request from a client who followed my career for years. Araxi, also Ellen’s proud mom, would say to me on occasion, “I wish I could send Ellen to spend time with you, just to see how you do things..”

When I moved to Mallorca to make a new base, it dawned on me that my recent studies in women’s leadership facilitation, combined with my full career as an independent creative working in fashion, artisan and heritage textiles, and conscious design    qualified me as a pro mentor!  I woke up one day and sat down to make some notes on what I would arrange for Ellen if this were to actually happen, and my notes quickly transformed into the program.


A few things we did over the week:

Visited with the founders of a growing, local, circular wool project
A workshop with traditional basket weaving pro’s
Sustainability and career path counseling
An artist identity workshop
Unabashed sunsets
Cliff top acoustic concerts
Meeting makers across the island
Learning to make a skirt from scratch



Mallorca is a good place to get a leg up, a cultural microcosm in which smaller, sustainable design and production models can be experienced closely, surrounded by layers of history and magical landscapes. Participation in these activities provides a dynamic, holistic understanding of how things work – and a unique, closer look at business opportunities, operations, materials, sourcing, supply chain, marketing, sales, human resources, and more.

Reflecting on the experience after Ellen went home, I was satisfied that offering this type of experiential mentoring and education to students was a solid way to activate youth around sustainable design and enterprise, and to activate them, period. It served as an intro to independence and a real life orientation towards future professional and personal missions. Students would return having peeked into their future..



Nomadic Thread Society’s main mission points found a home in this program, powered by a strong synergy of timing, intention, and experience. As I flesh these out, this branch of work that is taking shape is migrating intuitively to a broader demographic. I’ve come to understand that experiential education in sustainability for professionals already active in the world in every sector of business, design, and life is a powerful service.

There is a struggle to understand and own the concept of sustainability pushing itself to the forefront of conversation across the globe, as most are limited to studying it in white papers and online courses. It can be so much more simple at times, when meeting the smaller, more nimble enterprises and players in this global shift, committing to being the solution from the get go.

H.Fredriksson | Balearic Brand Activation

H   F R E D R I K S S O N




A week of magic is complete.

Want to bring some home?

Helena Fredriksson brought her special blend of ease with edge to Menorca last week.

A beautiful H.Fredriksson capsule collection is now installed at Cafe Central in Ciutadella, overseen by owner, Monica Colomar, one of the island’s finest fashion eyes.

Nomadic Thread Society’s brand activation concept is centered around a very current, collective way to work in fashion.

We three fashion pro’s put our heads together to create a lasting relationship, one that centers around collaboration, made to order garments, honing a specific clientele’s needs…

cultivating less production, less waste.


Pick up some magic for yourself !

! NOW !

Click here to shop the H.Fredriksson website for select pieces.

For 10% off, use code : NOMAD10

 Scoop up a Kimono Jacket to wear for years to come, 

a show-stopping Ikat Jumpsuit, 

a Studio Tunic Dress dress, with a truly original print.

All timeless-modern pieces. Sustainably produced. Fairly traded.


Helena invites you to meet her at her Williamsburg-Brooklyn atelier, 

in person – or on video.

Click through to make an appointment.

She will be delighted to take you though her archive and personally style you with her unique design, fit, and fabric expertise.




A bit about the H.Fredriksson brand.

“The overall mood of the line is one of time and timelessness, yet the details, silhouettes and design breathe modern contemporary culture. Thru balancing tailored garments with oversized and loosely draped pieces she creates a juxtaposition that is the core of the H Fredriksson aesthetic. With a sense of past and present, the designer’s belief in traditional craft as well as in a future of new sustainable fabric technologies is marked in the mindful fabric choices of the collection. The collection is manufactured in New York City using sustainable fabrics and production methods. The Swedish designer Helena Fredriksson lives and works in Brooklyn where she combines the two worlds into a sophisticated collection which reflects both the Scandinavian aesthetics of her upbringing and the multi cultured reality of living in New York City.”




We are an assembly of designers, artisans, print makers, ceramicists, curators, illustrators, sculptors, chefs, wine experts, and all around very lovely people getting together to share goods and a good time! There will be live music and delicious nibbles, and all the gifts you will need for family, friends, and colleagues.

Click through to see more about the participants :

















Finca Mofares is across the street from :



Follow Signs to Find Us !






A   B A L E A R I C   B R A N D    A C T I V A T I O N

In June 2022, Nomadic Thread Society introduced AISH, a favorite, artisan textile focused fashion brand to the Balearics. Nupur Goenka, talented Indian designer and long time colleague, came to spend some time in Mallorca, participating in a dedicated pop up, while taking in both the majesty and the market opportunities of the island.

UnConform studio of Menorca created a spot on digital visual presentation to promote the activation. After the successful pop up, Nomadic introduced Aish to two significant retail partners – Obsolete in Deia, and Cafe Central in Ciutadella de Menorca. Both retailers ordered immediates, and sold out out of their Aish pieces. Handsome reorders are in for 2023. In addition, the brand drew press attention, turning heads at dinners in Menorca and garnering fashion’s most important question, “who are you wearing?” Milk magazine’s editor became an admirer.

NTS saw an opening in the Balearics for truly fine, heritage cloth focused, contemporary fashion. Chic meets handmade can be a tricky thing to nail. More to come ….

Get in touch to inquire about activating your brand.




This is a poncho, the cotton cloth panels handwoven on a backstrap loom by Yine artisans in the mountainous Peruvian Amazon. The story is for lovers of adventure and spontaneity, but it has yet to come to fruition…..

I’ve attended Peru Moda and Home in Lima, Peru – the premier national trade show for textile, decor, manufacturers, fashion, and other supporting industries – several times. At the 2015 event, while busy drinking in the textures and colors, sitting with designers and companies learning about their weaves and stipulations for doing business, etc., I kept seeing this group of indigenous people walking around in their local dress. Black and white was something I hadn’t seen a lot of in the heritage textiles of Peru so I was surprised, and delighted. Their designs are graphic and linear, something that stands out for me among the flora and fauna motifs prevalent in indigenous work. They pepper their outfits with cascades of red beads, worn wrapped and draped, and built into pouches, belts and head pieces.

At some point I went looking for them and found their booth, where I was promptly issued an invitation to go and spend a few days with them in their villages! A few designer-buyers like myself were being invited to participate in their evolving conversation around the design and trade of their heritage crafts and weaves. I said yes immediately. Arrangements were made to fly me to the mountains in a tiny plane that was on loan as part of the managing NGO’s development plan. I was to be at the Lima airport ten days later, to be flown to accommodations in an RV on the airstrip, not too far from the villages. Was I afraid of bugs they asked? Not enough to miss the opportunity. Was I vaccinated against yellow fever? No, but no problem, I could book a mobile doctor service to come with their van to my lodging and take care of it right then and there.

I made my way through already planned stops on my sourcing mission involving Sacred Valley towns brimming with Andean culture and hospitality – personable green mountains, whimsically adorned babies, intentionally cocked hats, and eclectically paired colors filled me up. On the appointed day, I flew back to Lima to catch my tiny flight to spend time with and work with the Yine…

BUT, the vaccine was deemed to be one day short of it’s mandated efficacy window !!!! I was denied passage, and the trip could not be rescheduled. Noooo! I was crushed.

But, I am still planning to get back there.

My Yine poncho decorates the seat at my desk – I have their clean lines and geometries with me all the time.


Global Local

Es Trenc, and it’s otherworldly mounds of salt, are among the best of Mallorca’s local offerings in my opinion. In the coming months and seasons, I’ll be jumping into some work with local artisan projects –  Llanatura and its sheep-to-product vertical wool business is among them. A few posts on the material of wool itself are coming soon, both highlighting it’s properties as a masterful renewable material and it’s sorry fate in last decades being burned due to the high cost of processing. I see this clearly – working with small, nimble, independent enterprises is one good answer to the global crisis we face in earth’s sustainability. Thoughtfully designed, carefully made items in small batches are the new essential, and to me the biggest luxury. Giving more people creative agency to express themselves through their wares, giving natural materials precedence, creating sustainable, if not zillionaire-producing livelihoods for many who wish to step into independent entrepreneurialism – this is where it’s at. More on this subject soon as well, as I prepare both in-person programs and online courses to galvanize all this !



Getting Real in Mallorca


It’s been a few months now, and I’m settling in nicely. I found an apartment in a fun part of town, the Brooklyn of Palma, Santa Catalina. As I discover the old towns nestled all over the island, the indie shops and makers, the endless coves, and I meet the Mallorcans and expats that populate this gorgeous island, the layers of culture and possibility are coming ever more to life.

The layer I am most delighted by is the one in which cafecitos and tostadas are had in locals’ bars and cafes, where the quick Catalan or Mallorquin chatter is about everyday life, and the ages are super varied. These are tucked around the corner from the trendy, new, yummy cafes, of which there are many. There are spots dotting the city where the local drinkers hang around – these provide a special level of entertainment – loud male camaraderie and somehow friendly arguments about love and politics unfold among wobbling characters of every ilk.

Favorite days are spent cruising the old town for the best forns or bakeries, visiting the knife sharpener in his little shop, the palm-woven chair fixers, the old school fabric shop with it’s remaining rolls from the 70’s. I’m drawn like a firefly to local materials, makers, sense of humor, and history. It’s about local agriculture and permaculture, too. I’ve been promised a freshly baked coca, the fine yet rustic local vegetable tart, made by aunt Margarita in Bunyola. Apparently hers is the best on the island. Of course it’s like chicken soup, everyone thinks their mom’s is the best – but I suspect Margarita’s really is.

A place where this love of authentic culture gels in the most sophisticated way is in the legendary finca’s, especially the ones which are renovated honoring their original structure, preserving their heritage design and function languages. I’ve seen extraordinary fire places taking up a whole floor-to-ceiling stone nook. Benches and shelving are both carved from and built into walls, then appointed with very inviting natural materials like linen, jute, and palm. A comfort balance is achieved with carefully updated plumbing and electric, and clean and modern fixtures where needed. This is the apex of rustic luxury, the ultimate for me. The pool is small and made of stone. Everything is both fabulous and sustainable. Oh, the views. The Sierra Tramuntana, World Heritage site,  is the backdrop. Rolling hills with ancient olive trees nestle all around. The deep blue sapphire sea sparkles below. I’m referring to one particular finca as I wax on at the moment.. are you curious about this spot I’m talking about?

So, an umpteenth chapter is happening, and a new role is developing which I’m trying to name –  “authentic culture consultant” or “conscious design curator!”  My friend and colleague Jason Siegel giggled when he heard it, saying it sounded like ” shaman bottle service,” a fluffy moniker he imagined might be useful for folks offering evening hospitality in today’s Tulum!

Natural Materials. Sustainable Consumerism. Global Local Culture. Slow Design. Independent Businesses. Entrepreneurial Empowerment.

What I find myself focused on these days is slow culture and design, in all their facets. I know this stuff, I’m naturally drawn to it. In the last decade, my interest has grown more formal and intentional, studying sustainability, working closely with artisans and natural materials. I’m invited inside the ateliers, the fincas, the studios, the kitchens, the shops – all over the world and now in Mallorca – to meet the makers and people who are likeminded. An expert, consultant, advisor, mentor.. how do you define the work you do when your experience gets fuller and your intentions for how to be of service to people and business evolves… ?

More soon!

A Very Good Day 1

Here I am !

My mid February arrival was full of Mediterranean promise, sunshine and palms – a light jacket was enough to walk the ancient streets looking for a new home.  I criss crossed the old town 1000 times, making new friends and contacts along the way, introducing myself to yoga studios, shop keepers, restaurant people, estate agents, cafe-goers..

And so it began – one person led to anther and now I have a place, a few colleagues and business projects cooking, and a sense of a new home forming. In fact, some of this lucky chain of events started in a salty blue wave back in autumn when I came to the island to scope it out the first time. A simple moment of joy frolicking in the sea led to an acquaintance who is now my guardian angel on the island – Catin Muntaner is a curious, beautiful soul who has brought me to the bucolic village of Bunyola today to meet her family. And although the weather has turned and the greyest March in memory is underway, the Med still delivers  – the air plants and peonies are gifts from their generous hands and gardens :))))

The sense of discovery, growing community, and little spurts of joy are carrying me – they motivate me to push through the doubts. A big move creates a particular sort of vulnerability  – a hybrid state of openness and anxiousness. The war in Ukraine is adding a level of uncertainty and fear as well, costs rising sharply and unexpectedly, the specter of nuclear danger showing itself. I feel exposed as a single human making my way in the world. And yet I wake up daily truly touched by the agents of welcome and little bits of kismet popping up as I go.

Oh, and the tiles!!

the good stuff | live nomadic shopping sessions

! Save the Date !

 Live Nomadic Shopping Sessions

Round 1

MAY 22, Saturday   |     In Person In NYC 

12 PM  @  HEARTWORK    29 W 30th St.  #301


    MAY 23, Sunday   |   on Zoom  – Worldwide 

9 AM  CA    12 PM  NYC       5 PM  UK      6 PM  EU


Smart, contemporary, easy-to-wear clothing+accessories.

Elegant + rustic, textile-based goods for your home.

 Beautiful, natural, handwoven fabrics.

All with a modern edge.







LIVE Nomadic Shopping Sessions…



It’s simple. I’m still doing what I’ve always done.

Sourcing the most contemporary accessories, clothing, and home goods in the fine artisan sector, along with the smartest pieces from my favorite sustainable brands and producers.

I’ll present them to you LIVE.

Online with Zoom.


In Person in NYC.

!  You’re invited  !

The debut live shopping round will be this May.

You’ll be able to see how things fit, to understand how they feel and how to wear them, and to hear their story directly from me.

Order unique items I’ve travelled the world to find with the finest artisan groups and producers holding down the ever important heritage handmade sector. Receive exclusive online codes to use with favorite sustainable brands, taking advantage of my yearsss of styling expertise and enjoying the perk of a little discount.

Expect to meet your needs for venturing out to dinner, making it to a few outdoor parties, taking a vacation at last, and as always, hanging in beauty at home.

The aim is to breathe life into online shopping, to give dimension and movement to the pieces that so often look just flat on the screen.

It will be my pleasure to style you, to guide you to the smartest, freshest new pieces to add to your repertoire, and to help you cut through all the noise about sustainability.


Where I go from here …

I thank my lucky stars, in a period of such intense global struggle, to be able to allow myself a return to my roots, a real Mediterranean retreat. Dual citizenship helps, as do dearest friends, and an indelible nomadic spirit. I navigate every day among umbrella pines and giant cacti, ultra salty seas, boisterous characters, ludicrously large hunks of feta, and real mozzarella, as big as a baby’s head. From an idyllic, big bday autumn in Paxos, Greece to my roots in Napoli, Italy – I’ve harvested olives, discussed heated politics of the moment, and walked more rocky cliffs than even tiny local lizards manage to.

Clearing in Paxos.

Napoli. My mamma was born here, my big sister… my grandparents greeted us for decades in their home perched above one of the most majestic gulfs in the world. Although I can’t hug anyone, and masked smiles happen only through sparkling eyes, I say thank you life – thanks for delivering me safely to this place.

From my window. Il Vesuvio, powerful creator of land and life, occasional destroyer.

2021 is here. I’m evaluating. Where to live? How best to evolve my career? How to spend the next half of my life? Art, fashion, the electronic dance world, the fastest, coolest cities in the world – these were the motivators in the first half. Ever lucky stars! Parties, festivals, productions, fashion shoots and shows, trips to work at the source of heritage cloths and artisan traditions – all had a major thread in common – a love for passionate self expression, the stories of people told in celebration and style. And even as things have gotten tough – illness, work challenges, most profound loss and massive changes – I still aim to live celebrating and working out the story, if only in fragments, in redux for now, between one lockdown and another.

I am certainly cultivating a deeper relationship with “what I do,” working on a new project, bringing together long time dreams of making the world a better place with best use of my skills as a communicator and entrepreneur.

I’ll be sharing more over next months about The Artivist Nest (!!) an arts activism non profit for social good of which I am a co-founder. Please click through below to read about our evolving mission and developing concepts for yearly retreats, the first of which is happening in June 2022, corona virus be damned! Teen refugee community building and integration is our first endeavor to spread some good luck. Other themes involve accessible sound therapy, the securing and elevation of women’s place in the world, a simple strategy for a big personal reduction in carbon emission, and so much more….. Here’s to brighter times ahead!


Healing Art of the Abiquiu High Desert

Suzie Fowler-Tutt is an inspiration.

Here’s to creating and consuming with real purpose and effect.

Her artist statement:

Suzie-Fowler-Tutt is a mixed media folk artist and painter who spends her free time exploring the vast wilderness around her home in Abiquiu, New Mexico USA collecting interesting rocks, sticks, bones and feathers to use in her work as well as infusing pigments with local earth to enhance the power of her representational art.

Suzie immersed herself in the art world once again after a 20-year military career as a Naval Intelligence Chief. Difficulty transitioning to civilian life and suffering from PTSD led to a variety of unhealthy coping measures. Upon hitting rock bottom she sought care and began healing through artistic expression.

Suffering and pain are universal. How one copes with it determines the ability to function in society. Whether expressing a message of hope with her ‘Pathfinder’ series, facing pain in the ‘Lost Souls’ works, or healing by creating ceremonial ‘Prayer Sticks’ and ‘Smudge Wands’, Suzie has found peace in the remote high desert at Studio Rama Seca.

Experience is a superpower!

I’ve been observing something wonderful over last few weeks.. my brain has been offering solutions to things even while I’m doing something else, not actively considering them.
All the years of finding answers to myriad large and small questions seem to have formed automatic pathways to solutions – and these pop up spontaneously, in their own time. It’s like you ask yourself a question, put a goal in the calendar, or set to preparing something you need to do – and your mind offers solutions, better ways, without having to actually ponder and search and analyze. You just know at some point, it simply comes.
It’s like a superpower you earn with years of practice. A bit of ease, some flow with challenges and process.


A Solopreneur’s Mission Statement


Independent entrepreneurs and small businesses contribute to a healthier collective future, helping to curb mass production and consumption by placing more focus on authenticity and mindful process. 

I believe people who are allowed, encouraged and trained to do their own thing create a more contented world – and self-realized, fulfilled humans are a powerful thing. 

I recently had an aha moment around my own personal mission.
Having often longed for mentorship as an independent entrepreneur, I’m inspired to offer the very same support I have always desired myself.
To that end, I’ve created a consulting and mentoring practice consisting of a series of practical workshops. They’re written from the point of view of my own active experience, and certainly founded in the spirit of self-starting. 


One-on-one and group workshops function as a sort of “business therapy.”  The very practical curriculums are designed for creative entrepreneurs at different stages of their endeavors: for those who are exploring what to do, those who are starting up, those who are digging in, and those who are ramping up. Custom consulting packages are also available for entrepreneurs seeking help with particular issues or structured support from a fellow founder.

The take aways are answers – a clearer business concept and identity, documents and tools to manage smooth operations, strategies to address challenges arising in your mission, an action plan for your business, pertinent resources and referrals, and a supportive, sounding-board relationship to return to.



Cactus – the man, not the plant

In May of 2012, I landed in Bogota to snoop around their textile scene. I had just made my first trip to Peru to visit their premier trade show in Lima, Peru Moda and Home, and to explore the country a bit. While planning this maiden voyage to South America I thought, might try to make a more thorough expedition.. I contacted a few friends to see if anyone knew anyone, and the gods of hospitality extended their hand to me once again. A friend of the family in Bogota invited me to stay, so I booked an extra leg to my trip, and off I went. Lucky.

In Bogota I was advised to take taxi’s carefully, not to be out in the evening on my own, not to have that much cash on me, etc. I was super intrigued by the museums and gardens and parks, but not very confident about exploring freely. That approach wasn’t going to work all the time. At one point, the generosity and care taken by my host produced an invitation to lunch at the home of a distinguished professor and textile expert, Ricardo Carrizosa. For this trip I had to take a few buses and a publico, or van, to get to a mall where we had our rendezvous, that was absolutely nowhere on the outskirts of town. Then we drove into the hills to his beautiful home and art studio to have a charming lunch among his flowers and a brilliant chat surrounded by his cache of folkloric wonders and books. I was schooled in Colombian artesanias – in addition to hearing all about Ricardo’s travels and intrigues!
IMG_2771IMG_2780IMG_2791IMG_2798IMG_2803I admired the mantas antiguas Ricardo had thrown on the sofas – these handwoven beauties were from Peru and I had just picked up a few of the same myself while in the Sacred Valley. Ricardo had found a veritable treasure trove of these heirlooms in Puno, in a little shop on a street just off the main Plaza, with mantas stacked to the ceiling! That sounded like Valhalla to me having just been introduced to these collectibles and already obsessed. He insisted that I get myself there at some point. Never having been to Puno, I wasn’t quite sure I would ever locate it. But there was another clue.. The man to see at the shop was an avid collector of Peruvian handwork of all kinds, maybe a bit of a hoarder even as I was to learn. He went by the name of Cactus, quite a flamboyant character in the town and well loved by all. Ricardo was confident that I would find him if I ever made the trip. I thought, hmmm, sounds farfetched, but…..


This is me, a year later in Puno, looking for Cactus, with a nasty bout of altitude sickness that kept me awake for nights.. I’m smiling, but it’s only because I have chewed up coca leaves stuck to my temples. I was instructed by the giggling ladies in the market place to do so because they could tell I had a migraine that was out of control painful. It didn’t work, but it was a fun distraction.


Saheli Women

I was recently invited to work with a promising NGO based in Jodhpur, India – Saheli Women.  Since their director, Madhu, and I met in the fall,  I’ve been tinkering with product concepts to produce with these ladies. Mirror and embroidery work are their strengths and I am very drawn to both. Why not create an eye pillow or eye mask with embroidered silk? I’m obsessed with the patterns in tile work, at once so fine and imperfect, and have many photos saved from travels around the world. These are a starting point for a simplified embroidery motif.  And as far as mirror work goes, wall hangings are dancing in my head ! More soon……IMG_1352IMG_1351


In their own words:

Saheli Women is a nonprofit clothing manufacturer and ethical fashion social enterprise in rural Rajasthan, India. Located in the village of Bhikamkor, Saheli Women employs 20 rural women, providing them with fair wages, health insurance coverage and a safe work environment free from gender, religious and caste discrimination.

Saheli is a subsidiary of IPHD, Institute For Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development (IPHD), a women’s empowerment and rural community development nonprofit based in Jodhpur, India. It manages the Saheli Women production facility for clothing, accessories and homeware out of its community center in Bhikamkor. Additionally, IPHD sponsors the educations of all daughters of Saheli Women members, runs the only female health clinic in the village and delivers workshops on a range of topics including human rights, feminism, menstrual hygiene and health and financial literacy.