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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT US:

Lulan Artisans, crowdSPRING, Creative Commons and Markinekt have come together to support Lulans mission of producing high-quality textiles while creating sustainable livelihoods and improving the quality of life for its artisan communities throughout Southeast Asia.

This textile design competition (under the clothing category for now) brings attention to Lulan and its artisans. It also introduces the Creative Commons license to the world of crowdsourcing, enabling creators and designers to extend the use of their works beyond a single design competition. Please be sure to read the CC license if you choose it.

A unique collaboration between U.S. designers and groups of gifted artisans located throughout Southeast Asia, Lulan Artisans designs and produces high-quality, hand-woven, hand-dyed natural textiles. Sold by the yard or as home accessories through designer showrooms as well as specialty retailers and wholesalers, our work elegantly merges original contemporary designs with centuries-old Asian weaving traditions.

Headquartered in Charleston, S.C. since its founding in 2004, Lulan currently partners with more than 650 weavers, dyers, spinners and finishers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and India. One of the companys primary goals is to enhance economic development, creating sustainable livelihoods and improving the quality of life for its artisans, their families and their communities and it is forging new ground as a for-profit social venture.

For more information, visit: http://lulan.com

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

Lulan Artisans is looking for new and innovative designs that will help Lulan to continue to stand out in the market and that will be produced using traditional techniques and construction methods. We would like designs that highlight the weavers skills by focusing on the woven by hand aspect of production while still incorporating the contemporary modern aesthetic as Lulan currently does.

This competition is open to, and indeed encourages, any and all designers to submit, regardless of whether you may have textile training and design experience. Nonetheless, for those with knowledge and experience of textile design, throughout this document we may provide more detailed, technical information which may help guide ideation:

Of particular interest:

Structural weaves

Ikat designs

Block-print designs

Of secondary interest:

Embroidery

Supplementary weft

Fiber content: The winning designs that will be added to Lulan Artisans collection will be made of organic cotton and/or linen.

Most designs may be used to create an upholstery-weight fabric, while others will be considered for lighter weight for drapery use, apparel use or throws. A variety of applications will come from each design and the differing weight of these textiles.

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

The consumers of Lulan textiles live around the world and seek high quality textiles which are beautifully designed, hand-made, and produced in ways environmentally, socially, economically and culturally sustainable, enabling artisans and their communities to thrive while participating via the web in the global economy.

WE LIKE THESE EXAMPLES:

Here are examples of Lulan current offerings: http://www.lulan.com/store/

WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE THIS IN OUR PIECE:

Originality, creativity, joy, peace.

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