StitchBuffaloShop

Buffalo, New York | 9 Sales

StitchBuffaloShop

Buffalo, New York 9 Sales On Etsy since 2019

Stitch Buffalo

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Stitch Buffalo

About

Stitch Buffalo was founded in 2014 and began with the simple desire to gather and create. We aim to empower refugee women of Buffalo by providing meaningful work and a fair wage. Like the domino effect, this small but powerful financial independence infuses each woman, her family and in turn, her community. Through the creation of beautiful, handcrafted textiles, she is nurturing her cultural heritage while assuring her self-worth as a woman and a human being.

We have grown into a thriving community of over 55 women from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Thailand and Angola. Each week these women come together to form a Refugee Women’s Workshop, sewing handcrafted goods for sale within the community.

Our Goals
• Educate Individuals in contemporary textile design methods
• Nourish and honor global textile traditions
• Provide cross-cultural interaction, fostering a supportive social network
• Stimulate literacy skills
• Improve financial opportunities
• Educate consumers in re-use of textile goods
• Promote sustainability and environmental stewardship
• Create a community of women supporting women

SECOND STITCH
Stitch Buffalo products are created using donated materials that were no longer needed by local crafters, artists, and manufacturers. Our artists bring these supplies back to life in their creations! When a donated item cannot be used by our artists, it is sold back to the creative community at a reduced price. This helps keep usable supplies out of landfills and provides additional financial support for the Refugee Women's Workshop. Look for these supplies in the "Second Stitch" section of our shop!

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Last updated on Jun 28, 2019
Frequently asked questions
What Is Stitch Buffalo?

Stitch Buffalo is a registered 501(c)(3) organization based in Buffalo, NY. Our mission is to advance social justice for refugee women by creating opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and economic empowerment through textile arts.

Where do you get your materials?

All the materials used in our products are donated by the community and local businesses. Typically, these are supplies that are no longer needed by local artists/crafters/manufacturers. Part of our mission is to reduce waste by transforming unwanted supplies into art!

Who made my product?

Each product is made by a resettled refugee woman now living in Buffalo, NY. Her name and country of origin is listed on each product she creates and she is paid for each item that sells. Through Stitch Buffalo, our artists are able to express their creativity and cultural traditions—while supplementing their family's income.

Do you accept custom orders?

We sure do! Our artists love to transform simple clothes into beautifully embellished garments. We can also create custom versions of our pins, barettes, and other products to suit your desired color palette and motif. Need special wedding favors? Or unique attendee gifts for a conference? We're happy to help. Contact us at info@stitchbuffalo.org to discuss the details.

Do you offer products for re-sale?

We're happy to make arrangements with boutiques and other resellers who would like to carry Stitch Buffalo products. Contact us at info@stitchbuffalo.org to discuss the details.