Via Seven, started by two Chicago Mompreneurs on a mission to make an impact in the world by helping women and children, is a soft home textiles business. They are committed to creating unique, functional designs in towels, throws, loungewear and baby blankets that consumers will feel proud to use and wear.
The high-quality Turkish textile products are multi-use, sustainable, Oeko Tex® certified, and fair-trade friendly. Maha & Bahar of Via Seven believe that socially responsible working conditions and environmental considerations aren’t just trends, but the way of the future.
We are excited to welcome Via Seven to the Chicago Artisan Market on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 10am-4pm at Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan St.), where she will join 100+ top artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.
What is a Peshtemal?
A Peshtemal (pesh-te-mahl) is the authentic Turkish bath towel. It is a flat-woven towel made of high-quality cotton. Unlike a thick terrycloth towel, Peshtemal is lightweight and compact by nature, super absorbent and quick-drying and become more absorbent after each wash. More recently, Peshtemal is also produced from natural fibers such as Linen, Bamboo and Silk. Today, they are used at the beaches, swimming pools, spas, gyms, camping and picnic trips as well as at home.
Via Seven began as a manifestation grounded in the belief of the human spirit, of true happiness, and of how habits and rituals can have an instrumental effect on lives. With that as the foundation, Via Seven built their own list of “7 Essentials.” They firmly believe when they focus on and properly prioritize their 7 essentials, life gets better and everyone feels more charged and energized, more generous, more connected and balanced, more loving, and more enriched.
Via Seven was created to alleviate abuse, poverty and the discrimination cycle among women, through global awareness and artisan partnerships. They employ dozens of marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to safe employment, a sustainable income, quality education and healthcare, and a real opportunity to break the pattern of inferiority for themselves and their children.
The start of Via Seven:
Maha & Bahar, friends for many years, had a lot in common — great jobs, families, and a love for the finer things in life. They always found themselves talking about the beautiful home goods they would find during their travels, and always talked about ;a business that would revolve around the sanctuary of Home.
Their roots motivated their desire to help smaller artisan workers throughout the world and their connections initially lead them to Turkey and the wonders of Peshtemal cotton. They aspire to offer handcrafted and hand-selected products from around the globe, made with love (not profits) at the center.