THE DHARMA DOOR
Making a difference through design.
The Dharma Door works with fair trade artisans around the world to create stunning natural homewares and accessories. From showstopping wall hangings to smart storage baskets, each item is made by hand – from start to finish – amongst the bustle of rural village life.
By combining contemporary design, enduring quality and unfailing ethics, they create products that tell a much bigger story than just the item itself.
A story woven with every stitch and fibre.
Founder Shannon Sheedy created The Dharma Door after spending a year travelling in India and Nepal with her husband, Mick. The plight of Tibetan refugees motivated her to return to Australia in 2004 and design The Dharma Door’s first product – a reinterpretation of the culture’s traditional fabric prayer bag, now fondly known as The Everything Pouch.
Recognising that she was making the biggest impact by placing ongoing orders, Shannon then searched throughout the region for new products and people to work with. The journey took her to Bangladesh; the timeless craft of woven jute; and a wonderful not-for-profit NGO group who genuinely supported its artisans.
Based in their home studio in the beautiful hills surrounding Byron Bay, the couple now work together with a global team to replicate this approach across continents.
For The Dharma Door, it's all about woven texture, so every product in their collection is crafted by combining natural fibres with intricate hand making techniques.
They seek out the highest grade of fibres available and pair them with artisan skills found in various regions to create original, quality pieces that are a joy to live with.
The Dharma Door has been commissioning the incredible skills of female artisans in remote, rural communities since 2004. Their ultimate goal is to genuinely empower as many people as possible out of the cycle of poverty.
By working with not-for-profit NGOs on the ground, and keeping a close eye on what our customers enjoy, they have developed an approach that honours both artisans and buyers.
While they focus on new concepts, marketing and the distribution of our products, their NGO partners support the artisans who make them. They are in constant contact with each group – particularly with the field leaders who help them to reach the level of quality and skill they are now well known for. Everyone involved in the cycle plays an important role.