Cultural Cloth is a social enterprise that empowers women artisans around the world who make handmade home décor textiles and accessories. We sell these textiles and accessories in our online store and in our shop Maiden Rock WI.
Our passion is to discover an individual or groups of disenfranchised women artisans whose handcrafts merit a wider audience. We offer design, training and technical expertise to co-create products that portray the cultural life force of the countries where they originate.
We have more than 60 years of textile production experience. They have experience designing, dyeing, weaving, hooking, conserving, displaying, marketing and selling. We provide design tools and training and we test-market products to ensure a sustainable chain of production.
Mary Anne Wise, President & Co-Founder
Mary Anne Wise is an esteemed American textile artist, curator and visionary advocate for indigenous textile traditions. She is nationally recognized as an accomplished weaver, inspired creator of one-of-a-kind hooked rugs, and, as a rug hooking design teacher.
Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the US. In 2009 she co-founded Cultural Cloth to promote sales that support women textile practitioners from around the world including her Guatemalan rug-hooking students.
Jody Slocum, Operations & Co-Founder
Jody Slocum worked as a rug weaver for over 15 years. She studied weaving and dying in Japan. She has traveled extensively throughout the developing world. The combination of her passion for social justice and textiles brought her to join the NGO Farmer to Farmer in 1992. For over 20 years Jody has been on the board of directors of Farmer to Farmer. Today that work focuses on selling coffee grown by Mayan women farmers and raising money for school scholarships for Maya families in Guatemala.
In 2009 she co-founded Cultural Cloth to promote sales that support women textile artists from around the world.