Our Ethics

Mainie is an Aboriginal owned, Australian company.  We embrace Fair Trade ethics and are committed to supporting the economic empowerment of traditional Aboriginal women artists from isolated and remote communities in Central Australia. 
Mainie wearable art pieces are designed entirely in Australia using authentic Australian Aboriginal artworks, which have been ethically acquired under licence.
 

Aboriginal Art

Mainie is an approved Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. 
The Indigenous Art Code sets the standards of conduct for those involved in the trade of Indigenous art to ensure that they act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience at all times when dealing with Indigenous artists.
Signing the Indigenous Art Code is a commitment by sellers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to build strong, ethical and sustainable Indigenous art commerce and to end exploitation, which takes advantage of artists and negatively impacts communities.
By signing the Indigenous Art Code we are committing to always conduct our business with Indigenous artists with the highest standards of ethics and respect.

Mainie’s commercial arrangements with Aboriginal artists are governed by formal contractual agreements in accordance with the Indigenous Art Code, whereby the Aboriginal artists retain the copyright to their original art designs. 
The formal art licensing agreements cover:
  • Purchase of original artworks.
  • Licensing to allow for the reproduction of original artwork images onto Mainie products.
  • Payments of artist royalties calculated on sales of Mainie products.
  Mainie is also a Supply Nation certified Indigenous business. This verifies that Mainie is Indigenous owned, managed and controlled and is based in Australia.
   
       
 
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Silk

 The provenance of the silks used to make Mainie products just as important as the ethical sourcing of our authentic Aboriginal artworks.
The silk pieces in the Mainie collection are sourced from the historic Imperial Silk Capitals of China, where silk-making originated over 4,700 years ago.  
Mainie fashions have been made with the finest premium silks from the ancient Silk Cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou.
The historic city of Suzhou is situated on the Yangtze River and is known as the Venice of China. In addition to its stunning gardens and flowing canals, Suzhou has been at the centre of China’s silk trade for centuries.  Because of its historical association with riches and royalty, Suzhou has had a major part to play in the prosperity of China’s silk trade.
Hangzhou known as the ‘City of Heaven’, was Venetian traveller, Marco Polo’s favourite city in China.  He wrote in his travel journals, “It is without a doubt the finest and most splendid city in the world.”  In the late 13th century, Marco Polo visited Hangzhou many times, travelling around China as the “eyes and ears” of the Mongol general and statesman, Kublai Khan. 
Mainie ensures that its silk manufacturers are audited suppliers in compliance with international standards.  Mainie silks are sourced from reputable companies, which have undergone rigorous site inspections to ensure that their production processes, workplace conditions and environmental management practices are compliant with international standards and regulations.
Mainie manufacturers operate modern factories with state-of-the-art digital printing facilities and are suppliers of high-quality silk goods to luxury fashion houses in Europe, Japan and the USA. 
Mainie fashion products are handmade and feature specialised finishes such as hand-rolled hems.  The artisan skills required to achieve these handmade touches are not readily available outside of China. 
Due to silk’s historical importance as a national heritage industry, much of the silk production process in China, including mulberry silkworm cultivation, fibre milling, and textile weaving is still closely monitored and controlled by the Chinese government. 
China supplies over 80 per cent of the world’s silk.  Silk is not manufactured for commercial purposes in Australia.
 
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