Tulia’s Artisan Gallery strives to show that art is Colombia’s other export and to source this art from artisans recovering from forced displacement and preserving native cultures.
Tulia’s friendship bracelets, baskets, and woven pendents are handmade by the Wounaan, an indigenous people of Colombia who currently struggle with forced displacement.
They use a special palm leaf made into threads. The threads are sewn in a coil basket technique or handwoven. While there are over 14,000 Wounaan in Colombia, only one family can make the more elaborate jewelry pieces and they train and provide jobs for other members of their community. Each piece of jewelry or home decor art is a rare one-of-a-kind work of art.
Tulia’s pays a living wage price for each piece. Additionally, approximately 5% of each purchase (of any Tulia’s Artisan Gallery collection) is given back to the Wounaan. Currently we are building a new workshop space with more natural light for the women.
The Wounaan are also working hard at improving housing, education, and job training in their communities.
Find more information at Tulia’s Artisan Gallery.
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