Chilote Shoes

Advocacy, Craftspersons/ Artisanal, Employment/ Livelihood, Entrepreneurship, Business Devt.

Chilote Shoes: Ethical Wool Slippers Handcrafted in Patagonia, Chile

Apparcel, Francisca

Issue #10, 2023                                                                              ISSN: 2581- 9410 The Chilote Shoes is a disruptive co-creation model which empowers artisan women to maintain their unique culture and communities preserving crafts for future generations in rural Patagonia, Chile. Chilote Shoes operations are completely distributed and integrated by design into the participants' lifestyles. We have a community based production model where our artisan partners set their own schedules and do not need to commute to larger cities allowing them to remain within their family while earning a reliable income. This human network creates an organic value chain of sourcing, crafting, consolidation, and distribution connecting independent women craft makers from rural Patagonia to ethical consumers worldwide. The business model and strategic design of the project leverages renewable local materials, a unique existing craft capability, and a life-centered co-creation approach. We never manage the exact number as it is something each group organizes depending on their time/availability and our necessities. Each group has a "natural leader" that has the responsibility to make sure everything is done according to the "order" and timing. We sent them all...
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