Founded by Marla Showfer, The Winding Road travels across the globe to discover beautiful and handmade scarves, shawls, handbags and children’s toys. Driven by exploration, discovery and the stories, people and cultures behind each item, Marla looks for eco-friendly fabrics. She is committed to seeking out small suppliers and artisans that follow fair trade practices to produce the goods.
The Winding Road is a Chicago-based, woman-owned business and member of Chicago Fair Trade.
We’re happy to welcome The Winding Road to the Holiday edition of the Chicago Artisan Market on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 10am-4pm at Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan St.). Meet & discover 100+ top Midwest artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.
The Winding Road carries their own line of:
• ethically sourced cashmere and cashmere blend scarves, shawls, travel wraps and throws from Nepal
• cute, colorful and socially responsible handmade felt animals mobiles and garlands from Nepal
• textile items from Peru including hand bags, alpaca ruanas (a shawl cape) and alpaca blankets
• handmade baskets from Berber women in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco
• straw baskets from Bali
The Winding Road seeks out and develops partnerships with artisans in Nepal, India, Morocco, Peru, Bali and Borneo. Marla works with the artisans on product design and handles importing, shipping and sales. Recently, The Winding Road enabled one of their suppliers in Nepal who makes hand-felted animal mobiles and garlands, to grow from a startup, two-person team to now employing more then 75 workers, mostly women. Some women who were at risk for human trafficking are becoming self sufficient and able to help provide for their families. In addition, The Winding Road takes part of their profit each year to are pay full school tuition for three of their worker’s children to school in Nepal.
About Marla Showfer:
After more than 25 years of working in corporate marketing, Marla decided to follow the winding road toward her passions of travel and exploring off-the-beaten-path, exotic places. She loved discovering and shopping for the unique and unusual, getting immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of bazaars, markets and souls around the world. Marla strives to support and get to know small suppliers that follow fair trade practices and utilize natural eco-friendly materials.
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