Local organization Ethical Fashion Guatemala was recently featured in an article in Fashionista magazine. The article by Whitney Bauck is titled “GUATEMALAN ARTISANS ARE GOING AFTER 64,000+ ETSY PRODUCTS FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: The same group is also launching an artisan-owned website to protect makers’ rights.”
According to the article, in addition to cracking down on fake wares and people who seriously underpay artisans, Ethical Fashion Guatemala is working to create an online platform where local artisans can:
shape their narrative, gain access to a global market and receive a fair cut of the final sale price of their products. Though it’s in early stages now, the finalized version of the website will feature 2,000 copyrighted and trademarked products from 43 weaving co-operatives in addition to leather products, jewelry, ceramics and art made by over 1,000 Guatemalan artisans. Unlike many American-run e-commerce sites, which take the lion’s share of profits for themselves, Ethical Fashion Guatemala takes only a 10 percent cut to cover the costs of running the website, credit card fees and shipping. The rest goes to the artisans who made the goods.