Silk Road Bazaar sells goods produced by marginalized artist groups located in Central Asia. They connect with artists who are far from the capitals, who have limited market access, who do not possess modern marketable skills but have carried on traditional craft culture.
Following the proverb, 'the best way to know a man is to walk a thousand miles in his shoes', Silk Road Bazaar believes that to know who they are working with and to understand their lives, they need to live like and with them. They live amongst their artist groups for an extended period of time. During that time they help them become self-sustainable by developing their designs, management techniques, quality control and computer skills.
The fibers for these ornaments are locally-sourced to help provide sustainable livelihoods for rural farmers and craftsmen. All designs and collaborations are original works of Central Asian artists and Silk Road Bazaar.