The word “Dharma” has no single word translation in the western language, In Hinduism, dharma signifies behaviors that are considered to be in accord with the order that makes life and universe possible…I love this open-ended definition as it leaves so much room for possibilities and creativity.
And is the perfect place to start the story of “The Dharma Door” through their words…
We work 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, we create products that tell a much bigger story than just the item itself.
A story is 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.
Always natural. Always handmade. Always fair trade.
For us, it’s all about woven texture, so every product in our collection is crafted by combining natural fibres with intricate hand making techniques.
We 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.