Last spring, Cottontale Collections became part of the Shared Trade Global Community. For the first time, we are very excited to launch their beautifully crafted batik chambray hoodies as part of our expanding Shared Trade Children’s collection. Based in Surabaya, Indonesia, Cottontale began as a beautiful partnership between a New York fashion designer, an Indonesian designer, and the director of a local nonprofit Yayasan Pondok Kasih. In Pondok Kasih’s community development sewing program, women were having difficulty finding work upon graduation. Now, these women are employed through Cottontale Collections who combine modern fashion and with traditional Indonesian batiks to form an adorable line of children’s wear.
We are proud to carry a children’s line of clothing that empowers mothers to provide for themselves and their children. As you shop for the children in your life, imagine sharing how what they wear gives back to a community of mothers across the globe.
One of these women, Nashih Hatul Umman is 39 years old and from an urban slum outside of Surabya, Indonesia. She is a graduate of the sewing program and has been working with Cottontale for the past season. She wrote more about her experience working with Cottontale-
We hope to be able to help make her wish come true!