I'm Carter, the color-loving, travel-loving, textile-hoarding, over-achiever behind WomanShopsWorld. All of this started with an etsy shop where I would sell the types of beads that I loved; my shop is an extension of my creative endeavors. I never envisioned that it would grow into the successful tassel empire that it has! Being a jewelry designer myself, I am so enchanted with so many types of beads and supplies, that I can't possibly use them all myself. So WomanShopsWorld gives me a chance to play with these goods, handle them, photograph them, and share them with you. I find great joy in curating these crafting supplies that I've gathered here. Each photo session is a magic-filled experience for me. I hope that magic translates and inspires you.
Growing up in a house where my mother spoke French to me, and my father traveled the world while working for the zoo, I have been instilled with a fascination with the world around me, and the people and cultures that make this such a beautiful, colorful place. The art of adornment that is so rich in other cultures has always been my personal preference on style. It's been said that my great-grandmother was the "original hippie of South Carolina." Traveling to India with my native husband, I stumbled upon a land where I am quite certain I have been before, in another life. My fascination with faraway lands runs deep.
My husband and I owned a wholesale bead company where we specialized in semi-precious gemstone beads; we have a collective 30+ years in the bead business. We travel frequently to source, design, collect, and bring home beautiful beads from all over the world. We travel mostly to India and Nepal, but we have our eyes on many other horizons and places where we hope to travel. We work directly with the small, family-run business that we purchase from, and help them in continuing their traditional crafts. As our company grew, it became less hands-on, and more of a job. So I created WomanShopsWorld as a way for me to have more hands-on time with the types of beads and supplies that I love. I never imagined that it would turn into a full-time engagement and that we would actually close our wholesale semi-precious business.
I donate a portion of my proceeds to human-rights organizations around the world. I am currently donating to V-Day, a global organization dedicated to ending violence against women worldwide. Read more about V-Day here: http://www.vday.org/home. This is my way of giving back some of the gifts that I have been blessed with.
Many people ask if my items are Fair Trade. While I am not certified "Fair Trade," I do guarantee that all of the items that I sell are ethically made. In fact, many of the items that I sell provide work for Indian and Nepalese women who would otherwise have no means of income. So the production of the goods greatly empowers them.
As humans, we create borders and name countries, but I believe we are all one and the same. WomanShopsWorld is an extension of my love of and fascination with humankind, travel, color, and love of the world. I hope you delight in the things I have gathered for you here, from around the world.