Martha Daligan is a Maine Fiber Artist, Gardener and
Landscape Designer living on Peaks Island.
“Inspiration for the creative work springs from quietude and time spent in Nature. I love fitting pieces of color and texture together in a harmonious way from found materials that may have otherwise been discarded into a new wearable or useful product. The materials I use are a wide variety of re-purposed sweaters and fabrics – cashmere, merino, lambs wool, alpaca, mohair, wool, chenille, fleece and cotton."
Featherstone Fibers was established in 1996 selling her own hand knit hats, cane baskets and handwoven hammocks. That same year an opportunity arose to go to South India and engage with a group of village women setting up a weaving training program.
The program continues today, an independent Fair Trade Crafts Society registered with the Government of India, in conjunction with Premalaya Handicrafts Trust. Their beautiful products are imported together
with Aruna Designs, a project of Aruna Partnership.
Aruna Designs partners with a Fair Trade organization in South India to design and produce high quality Handcrafts. Employment through Premalaya Handicrafts Trust offers over 200 village women a reliable way to support themselves and their families. Sales from the Handcrafts provide women ( many who are young widows ) with a living wage, free medical care,
and education for their children