Mesteshukar ButiQ, a Bucharest based social enterprise working on revaluing traditional Roma craftsmanship, has succeeded in becoming a safeguard for Romani art and craftsmanship traditions, for providing these craftsmen with revenue and new life-skills, at the same time supplying customers with quality designer objects. Moreover, through all of this process, MBQ represents a peaceful and modern form to fight the widespread stereotypes against the Roma people. Their lifestyle products come packed with a story that stands out in any context, using a blend of centuries old techniques combined with the aesthetics of contemporary design. Exactly like the dowry of the newly wed Roma, the MBQ craft jewelry, clothes and home-decor objects. But, what is important for Roma communities is the fact that every object sold generates direct income for Roma craftsmen and is why the Mesteshukar ButiQ Network has about 35 craftsmen and craftswomen from all over Romania and cooperates with 5 Product Designers to create the unique product line that will enhance the life of a community.
“Our inspiration comes from tradition, crafts and contemporary design.”