In many westernized countries, the apparel manufacturing industry is the biggest employer.
Current trends and consumer needs mesh well with mass production and fast fashion in the industry. Throughout the years, craftsmanship and quality has declined, while quantity has risen. But in other countries around the world, older and new generations still appreciate the artistry and hard work that goes into their cultures artesian products.
There has been a recent shift in fashion that is now placing more value and attention to getting products from the source and showcasing the importance of the labor behind an authentic textile or garment.
Here is a collection shedding light on the importance and beauty that comes with handmade products. From countries all over the world, one can see the difference in techniques as well as the intricate detailed work that goes into an artisanal piece.
All photos are shot and styled with modern pieces and women, yet mixed with traditional artisan accessories and clothing.
Guatemalan Bred, Barhaza wears a traditional Aymara Outfit from places well known in Bolivia, Peru and Chile.
Graphic designer Daria and actress Lucia both sport a rare tribal Ghungroo Necklace most often used during Belly Dancing performances done by the Banjara gypsy tribe.
24-year-old Actress Catelynn wears traditionally embroidered aguayo’s from Mexico as well as handmade Native American Squash Blossom by Local Designer Cailey of Sage & Brass.
Claudia, a 20-year-old Ballet Dancer, taps into her Native American heritage by wearing the classic handmade squash blossom design and a handmade bone choker. The squash blossom design refers to the unusual bending at the end of the necklace, and is traditionally made by the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi tribes.
Plus-size model Kristen is pictured adorning her authentic, inherited Cherokee tribe jewelry, as well as handmade ritual feather fans.
Marley is a 12-year-old student and aspiring singer, and is pictured wearing a handwoven poncho made by Artesian women in Guatemala, paired with a handmade collar designed by Paragon Desert. Both items are handwoven in their country’s geometric and indigenous print design.
Monique, a 27-year-old avid hiker, wears the well-known attire of a Mariachi women. The jacket is perfectly tailored and trimmed with the classic metal button and silver coins.
Melanie, 24, is an actress and is photographed wearing handwoven textiles made by Aymara women in South America. These textiles are all woven by hand with the traditional indigenous Incan design and warm color scheme.