“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to blow about my home as freely as possible” Mahatma Gandhi.
In these words lies the ethos of The Silk Road founder, Rachel Glasby.
I am a travelling bowerbird and photographer who has lost countless hours seeking and rummaging through the bazaars, markets, souks and chowks along the trade routes that once comprised the original Silk Road. Years of travel, being inspired by these trade routes and a love of meeting artisans led to the eventual creation of our online shop, The Silk Road.
The Silk Road was founded in 2014 based on sustainable business practices and conscious consumerism. We focus on sourcing from the maker and strive to honour and support artisans from across the world.
The Silk Road has collaborated with International NGO’s, Fair Trade Organisations and artisans met on our travels to support womens initiatives, social enterprises with a philanthropic focus and independent artisans globally. These countries include India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Iran, Turkey, Yemen, Cambodia, Vietnam, Fiji, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco and Mali.
It is imperative to The Silk Road that artisans are paid a fair wage, have working conditions that ensure safety, health and dignity for themselves, their family and community and are creating art that they are incredibly proud of.
We also advocate for the growing awareness of Conscious Travel; travel that is socially and environmentally aware, ethically responsible and aims to contribute to a country in a sustainable way.
The Silk Road has a strong personal interest in photography and film to document traditional cultures, and there are some exciting documentary projects with an anthropological focus in the pipeline.
We also offer bespoke hosted travel experiences to India. These are small group experiences for women and children who wish to experience Northern India in an authentic way, with someone who has done it many times before with children.
We recently also launched our sister site, The Silk Road Stories which is part travel journal, part blog and regularly features interviews and stories from inspiring people we have met along our journey.
So, follow along as my family and I travel along routes of The Silk Road, exploring the world and finding beautiful pieces along the way.
We would love you to join us.