A PEACE TREATY was founded on the belief that things made by human hands, imbued with the story of their maker, are the most beautiful and luxurious in the world. We knew that products made in this way deserved a place in high fashion, and that like us, there were people who wanted more from what they bought. We see ourselves as champions for slow fashion and preservationists of centuries-old techniques. So far, we have worked with artisan groups across the ten countries listed below to produce our exclusive collections.
AFGHANISTAN - EMBROIDERY
APT works with a collective of widowed women in Kabul who are working to rebuild their dignity and independence, gain literacy skills, and garner viable incomes. Using their cultural knowledge and traditions, the women hand embroider exquisite one-of-a kind shawls.
BANGLADESH - JAMDANI WEAVING
Once serving as the center of the Silk Road and textile trade, Bangladesh has a deep and rich history of weaving. APT traveled to villages in the Tangal region of Bangladesh to uncover the ancient and intricate jamdani weaving technique. Jamdani pieces are made on a handloom, using needles to pull out silk and cotton threads.
BOLIVIA - KNITTING
The Aymara and Quechua people of the Altiplano and Andes regions of Bolivia and Peru depend upon Alpaca farming and products for their livelihood. APT works with an all-women’s knitting cooperative that employs artisans from these indigenous groups.
COLORADO, USA - SILK PAINTING
APT collaborated with a family silk painting business based out of Colorado. Artisans hand paint unique, abstract designs onto silk in a palette of colors reflective of the Rocky Mountains where the pieces originate. The tradition has been passed down for generations.
ECUADOR - PATCHWORK LEATHER SHAWLS
In the Cotacachi region of the northern Andes, local artisans have been making patchwork out of leather for generations. In this small mountain town, APT collaborated with a cooperative that preserves this tradition.
INDIA - JEWELRY, HANDWOVEN TEXTILES, SCREENPRINTING, BLOCKPRINTING, MUD RESIST INDIGO
Nomadic families in the Rajasthan desert have long been herding camels, using them for everything from transportation to meat. APT collaborated with these families to carve camel bone into jewelry as a way to generate sustainable income. APT works with a cooperative in Jaipur that employs Muslim, Hindu, and Jain artisans all under one roof. In addition to camel bone, they cast metal jewelry, source local stones, and hand-carve each piece. Textile dyeing has been an integral part of Indian culture since the silk trade, when techniques were brought from West Africa. APT has an array of silk projects with cooperatives in Calcutta, Delhi, and the village of Sanganer. India is one of the few places globally where textile printing and dyeing by hand is still a thriving industry. APT works to elevate the status and recognition of these artisans. In the foothills of West Bengal, weavers use the raw silk fibers, which are more readily available, and weave them by hand into fabric. APT collaborates with these artisans to produce scarves made of this silk noile.
NEPAL - HANDWOVEN CASHMERE
For centuries, master weavers in the Himalayan foothills have collected the shedding hairs of Capra Hircus mountain goats, spun it into cashmere yarn, and hand woven pieces with wooden looms.
PAKISTAN - HANDWOVEN TEXTILES, BLOCKPRINTING
APT sought out one of the last remaining block printers in the country, helping him train and empower teenagers from the slums with his ancient techniques. The workshop grew from 3 to 16 artisans, and is now fully self-sufficient, thriving with local and international business. APT works with a network of family-run weaving workshops, in which the men weave the fabric and the women tassel and finish each individual piece.
PERU - KNITTING
The Aymara and Quechua people of the Altiplano and Andes regions of Bolivia and Peru depend upon the Alpaca for their livelihood. APT works with an all-women’s knitting cooperative that employs artisans from these indigenous groups.
TURKEY - JEWELRY
APT discovered a Kurdish metal-smithing workshop in Istanbul specializing in ornamental Ottoman techniques to make our first ever jewelry collection.