Inside of each Escama bag is a card bearing the name of the artist who hand-crocheted the piece. The artists work in two craft cooperatives ,located in economically depressed 'satellite cities' of Brasília, Brazil. The cooperatives offer women in the community a means to earn money through handicrafts and business training. Prices of goods are set by the cooperatives and the production is in their hands. Escama respects fair trade principles and the artists are paid fairly for their piecework. In addition, Escama donates 3% of gross annual sales directly back to the cooperatives.