How We Work
MINNA creates ethically made home goods rooted in traditional craft techniques. We believe that contemporary design should not sacrifice social responsibility, and that our homes should be a reflection of our values.
We care about the world and our place in it. Preserving the ancient craft techniques we work with is important to us — we strive to do our part in ensuring that these crafts, and the history, language, and culture that surrounds them, endure in the face of mass production. By pairing traditional methods with a contemporary platform, we can assist in bringing the work of our artisan partners to a wider market. We think that by working within the realm of responsible design, we can do our part in improving the world and people’s lives on an individual level – whether it’s our customers, our employees, or the artisans we work with.
We work with family-run workshops and independently-run cooperatives. Our process is highly collaborative, and we trust the workmanship, skill, and knowledge of our artisan partners. The artisans set their own wages, and we are committed to following fair trade practices in all aspects of our business. Many of the artisans have been working in their mediums for generations and are masters at their craft. We seek out partners who are interested in design innovation and thinking outside the box. Our artisan partners are our close friends and collaborators, as well as our biggest source of inspiration.
- Flying Shuttle Loom
- Pedal Loom
- Backstrap Loom
- Manual Knit Machine
- Hand Knit
- Natural Dyes
We work hard to source natural and sustainable materials. Our cotton, sheep wool, and alpaca wool are colored with natural or toxin-free synthetic dyes. We partner with sustainable factories and small-batch producers to ensure quality. Each handmade piece is the result of a careful production process, and we hope that you can see and feel the difference.
We see our approach to production as a direct investment in the lives of the artisans we work with. We depend on each other to be successful, and by choosing to make products in the way we do, we directly create jobs that encourage growth and financial stability for the artisans we work with.
Made in Bolivia
Made here: Throws, Pillows
Textile creation has been a part of indigenous Bolivian culture for thousands of years. Alpaca wool is prevalent in high altitude Andean regions. So, we knew where to head when we decided we wanted to create new pieces using alpaca! Known for its softness, warmth, and durability, Alpaca is considered one of the most luxurious natural fibers in the world.Shop Made in Bolivia
Made in Mexico
Made here: Rugs, Pillows, Napkins, Tea Towels, Runners, Baskets, Throws
Working in cotton and wool on a range of looms from room-sized floor looms to portable backstrap looms, our partners here make some of the most quintessential pieces in our collection. Our relationships with these master artisans are the foundational collaborative partnerships of MINNA.Shop Made in Mexico
Made in Guatemala
Made here: Rugs, Pillows, Tea Towels, Napkins, Runners, Placemats
We are inspired by the incredibly vast and varied textile production methods found across Guatemala. After Mexico, our artisan partners in Guatemala produce the broadest range of products and techniques in our line – from rugs and pillows to kitchen textiles.Shop Made in Guatemala
Made in Uruguay
Made here: Pillows, Throws
In Uruguay, we work with the largest network of women-run co-ops in the country. Uruguay is known for its fine wools, and the groups that we work with make the handspun yarns start to finish — from shearing, spinning and dying, to weaving, knitting, felting, and embroidery.Shop Made in Uruguay