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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 


Reflections on Artisans and the Global Market

Gina Rogari

At the 2017 TINKUY Gathering of Weavers, Alliance director Peggy Clark shared her reflections on artisans and the global market with over 500 local weavers and global textile lovers. She addressed a vibrant room filled with men and women in traditional dress, who spent the week eagerly studying the techniques of weavers from throughout Peru and across the globe and learning from expert anthropologists, designers, and researchers. These weavers, Peggy noted, are the heart and soul of the Artisan Alliance's work. By spending time together and learning from one another, we will be better able to understand what makes a strong artisan business, and work together to drive more resources and opportunities to weavers, potters, and entrepreneurs around the world.