RUPAHAUS - Ethical Made Easy

RUPAHAUS

“Naturally hand-dyed, ethically handmade with pride – at RUPAHAUS, every piece
is worth so much more with each thread loomed, as they are a true reflection of the
time spent in the making, the endurance of the makers, the untold story.”

You had us at ethically handmade, RUPAHAUS.

Guys, you know us, we love a brand as transparent as the water at Great Keppel
Island, which is probably why our latest obsession—aside from banana chips and the
Wardrobe Crisis podcast—has been ethical brand, RUPAHAUS.

Born from one woman’s desire to ethically thread the Indonesian, Australian, and
German cultures together, RUPAHAUS has become a company focusing on
interweaving traditional artisan methods with ethical and sustainable methods fit for
the modern world—methods crucial to the sustainability of our planet.

What with their total commitment to using traditional artisan methods, RUPAHAUS
oozes with worker empowerment. Through every collection they put out they support
specific artisan communities, and 5% of the revenue from our RUPAHAUS purchases
go straight back into that artisans’ community. Each and every piece made under the
RUPAHAUS name is done so using raw unbleached cotton and natural pigment from
barks, flowers, plants, and roots, and the result every single time is a beautiful,
durable, wearable piece of art with a unique story to tell. Seriously, could it get any
better?

Location

Perth, Western Australia

Price

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Why yes, yes it can. The RUPAHAUS team even has a process they go through to ensure they stay true to their unwavering values. They travel to rural villages and observe the unique artisan methods, explore and evaluate certain materials, design their product with the artisan/s’s vision in mind, ethically and sustainably make the materials, bring their designs to life, and then pay the artisan/s (who set their own prices, might we add). Then it’s up to us, the super woke (mind our millennial language) consumer, to put both our purchasing and sharing power to good use.

RUPAHAUS’ ultimate goal is to “provide artisans with a platform to exhibit their art and craftsmanship in the hopes to stimulate growth, social and environmental sustainability awareness, and encourage the preservation of skills amongst the artisan’ future generations.” Just like us, RUPAHAUS is a company completely dedicated to empowerment, freedom, integrity, and transparency and, quite frankly, we should all become a part of the “haushold”.

Want to know where RUPAHAUS sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Want to know more about the founder’s journey?
Read our interview.

Steph - Rupahaus Founder
“The collaborative operation behind RUPAHAUS runs under the motto ‘’interlacing tradition into stories’’ and with it, we want to highlight the artisans and set their stories in the focus of the brand, by approaching it through a different perspective, we can still create not only ethically handmade products full of meanings but also rebuild the beautiful communities of artisan collectives and coincidentally still be kind to the environment we’re surrounded with”.

Stephanie Chandra