About Symbology

Our Artisan Partners

Symbology employs women artisans from India and the West Bank, each bringing beautiful cultural artforms to our collections. Symbology aims not only to produce beautiful clothing but also to preserve traditional art forms in each garment — from Indian block printing to Palestinian weaving and Native American embroidery.
We believe that the well-being of our artisans is central to who we are as a company, which is why we pay each of our artisans a livable wage, allowing them to provide for their families. We believe that through sustained work opportunities and involvement in the design process, our artisan partners can affect change not just in their own lives, but our world.

Making Fair Trade Sexy

Founder Marissa Heyl was inspired to start Symbology while on a research trip to India to understand how fair trade empowers craftswomen. Watching Gita, a young mother of three, block print beautiful designs onto a tablecloth, Marissa envisioned it as a dress.

As a result, Symbology was born with the goal of making fair trade sexyto redefine the fashion industry so that ethical fashion would no longer be the exception, but the norm. Symbology celebrates textile arts worldwide by fusing them with modern designs to create inspired, unique pieces--each that tells a story of empowerment.

Behind the Seams


Symbology Behind the Seams from marissa heyl on Vimeo.


 Watch Marissa's story @ TEDX Raleigh

Weaver to Wardrobe: A Sartorial Journey