A Rich History of Fair Trade
Alternatives Global Marketplace had a rich history of promoting fair trade and sourcing products from artisans from around the world. For over 25 years, we dedicated ourselves to providing a marketplace where unique, handcrafted products from diverse cultures found their way into the homes and hearts of customers who valued ethical, sustainable shopping.
Evolving with Purpose
In response to the changing world and the evolution of our mission, we recognized the necessity for a transformative shift in our brand. We were on a quest for a name that not only captured our unwavering dedication to fair trade and cultural preservation but also addressed the contemporary needs of women. Our aim was to create a modern name that promotes feminist agency, instills confidence, and brings joy into their lives, all while remaining true to our commitment to fair trade and culture. This transformative step embodies our dedication to crafting a brighter and more equitable future, where women feel not only empowered but also inspired to live their lives to the fullest.
The selection of "Laadi" as our brand name goes beyond a simple choice; it's a tribute to cultural heritage. Derived from the Zapotec language, "Laadi" translates to "weaving," symbolizing a deep connection to the artistry of textiles. This name encapsulates the essence of our mission—to celebrate weaving traditions that have captured hearts across generations, while honoring the centuries-old legacy of women's craftsmanship in this art.
Our founder, Alisa Woofter, discovered her true passion during a college study abroad expedition in Peru, where she was first introduced to the artistry of indigenous weavers. Alisa further cultivated her weaving skills while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, where she observed the profound influence of hand woven textiles on women's agency. Her journey eventually led her to Teotitlan De Valle, where she fell in love with the artistry of local weaving. This enchanting destination became the cornerstone of Laadi's mission—a commitment giving opportunities to women, celebrating cultures, and preserving traditions. "Laadi'' is more than just a name; it's a reflection of a journey that intertwines a passion for textiles, culture, and women's rights, inspiring us every day.
Join Us on this Exciting Journey
We invite you to join us on this exciting journey as we introduce Laadi Designs to the world. Explore our curated collection of clothing, handcrafted goods that embody the essence of femininity and celebrate the rich tapestry of global cultures.
At Laadi Designs, we're more than a brand; we're a movement, a community, and a force for positive change. Thank you for being a part of our story, and we can't wait to see where this new chapter takes us.
Stay tuned for more updates, stories, and inspirations as we continue our mission to promote a world that's fair, diverse, and filled with beautiful handcrafted designs that benefit artisans and enrich lives.