Washein

Washein started in 2017 as a side project that provided work to local artisans in Colombia, making them feel productive and able to support their children.

I, Claudia, felt there was no better way than by the making of what they know best: beautiful and durable straw hats. Little has changed since then, and with the addition of straw bags, our core mission remains the same - creating beautiful artisan-made quality products that positively impacts the maker and the buyer.

We are always looking to add new products that raise the bar on quality, aesthetic, and social impact while keeping our core mission.

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Workers are paid a living wage; no child labour or human trafficking is involved in the production of the collection; the factory is compliant with all local environmental regulations.

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This collection is entirely made in the designer’s studio and/or by an artisan collective of fewer than 10 people.

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The products in this collection are made with at least 50% recycled or upcycled materials.

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The material or ingredients in this collection are at least 80% derived from organic farming.

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This collection has been made using at least 90% plant-based ingredients or materials.

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This collection has been produced on a small scale, with environmentally sensitive production methods; the constituent materials have been sourced sustainably, and conserve biodiversity.

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