About

Atelier Etica is a lifestyle brand for people who know that nothing is beautiful if comes at a cost to other people or to the environment. Atelier Etica works with artisans and marginalised women in Cambodia to elevate traditional crafts and provide a broader market for their work.

Based in Queensland, Australia, Atelier Etica products have been created to last. They are made from high-quality, long-lasting natural cottons and silks, using natural or chemical-free dyes.

All Atelier Etica pieces are slow-made, created with care and details. Tradition is more important than trend and there is a purpose and a story to every unique piece.  

Artisan partners have been selected because they are experts in their crafts and also because they are committed to caring for the lives of their sewers and weavers. 

Between 66% to 87% of the silk workforce are women. A significant number of these women live in poverty.  Poverty makes people vulnerable -  engaging them in a high value add sector, such as silk weaving, reduces their risk of being taken advantage of.

All Atelier Etica partners pay their workers more than the living wage benchmark. Additionally, they provide training opportunities, high level working conditions and benefits that exceed the average.

Sadly, this is a contrast to the conditions in many fast fashion factories where worker’s rights violations are commonplace. A 2019 Oxfam report found that 0% of Bangladeshi garment workers and 1% of Vietnamese garment workers earned a living wage.

Between 10% and 25% of every Atelier Etica sale is donated to Human and Hope Association. HHA is a social enterprise in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which has been established to empower the most needy people in the community. Through projects focussed on education, community development and vocational training, HHA help keep women and children safe and healthy by giving them skills to earn income.

This year, Atelier Etica customers have helped to raise funds to support three women to attend life-changing sewing school for a year.

When you wrap yourself in soft Atelier Etica silks and cottons, you don’t just feel good, you've also done good in the life of another person.

Partner credits

These are the incredible people in Cambodia who make all the gorgeous pieces for Atelier Etica. Check them out and look them up:

  • Garment makers: FAIR SEW

Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Fairsew is an ethical garment manufacturer that values employees by providing a safe working environment, offering remuneration well above minimum levels for Cambodian garment workers, and the opportunity for further learning and skill development. Fairsew is conscious of the environmental effects of the fashion industry and actively minimises wastage, recycles fabrics, and avoids the use of toxic materials where possible.

  • Blanket weavers and silk supplier: FAIRWEAVE

Established by Chomnab Ho in 2013, Fairweave works with local Cambodian artisans to create uniquely beautiful handwoven textiles using traditional skills in an ethical environment. Fairweave works to empower women through weaving and craft to generate fair income in a safe working environment. They comply fully with the Ten Principles of Fair Trade.

Offering unique, handwoven heirloom blankest, Fairweave allows weavers and craftswomen from rural communities to better understand small family business management, entrepreneurship and fairtrade practices.

  • NGO partner: HUMAN AND HOPE ASSOCIATION

Human and Hope Association (HHA) was established, and is run by Cambodians  to reduce poverty in Siem Reap. HHA know from international research, and their own experience, that women are incredible agents for change in their communities. They offer a vocational sewing program to classes of 12 women per year to provide them with a skill that allows the women to earn income to lift their families out of poverty. Of the 68 women who have completed HHA's sewing program over the past seven years: 37 have started their own businesses; 31 are employed by commercial manufacturers; 16 have built new homes and 10 are currently employed by HHA to sew 5000 fabric face masks to help prevent COVID infections in 1000 families most at need. Atelier Etica work with HHA sewing graduates who create the hand-loomed cotton travel bags that come with Atelier Etica silk robes.  

  • Espadrilles: AMBOH

Atelier Etica silk striped espadrilles are hand-made from hand-loomed silk by AMBOH in Phnom Penh. All AMBOH espadrilles are made using eco-friendly materials such as natural jute sole and natural silk fabrics which allows AMBOH to be sustainable and not harmful for the environment. Importantly, ethical values apply to all AMBOH employees and their working conditions. The idea is not just to comply with local regulations, but to offer good working conditions, fair salaries and a vision to building lasting long-term relationships with their staff. 

With love,

Roxane Horton xx

Founder/ Owner of Atelier Etica

Roxane Horton Atelier Etica