NYC GF: Fairly traded, eco-friendly jewelry from Colombia
It was a pleasure to meet Carolina Lara this morning at the New York City Green Festival.
Carolina is the founder of Amano Artisans, an eco-friendly jewelry company that maintains direct-trade ties with local artisans and jewelry-crafters in Carolina’s native Colombia. With a background in both architecture and fashion, Carolina brought her passion for design to her new fairly traded jewelry enterprise, when shed founded Amano Artisans in 2007 during one of her regular trips to Colombia. Previous trips showed her how often friends in the US would admire the jewelry she would bring back with her, so the idea for her business was born.
All of Amano Artisans’ products are hand-crafted in Colombia, some by individual artisans, others by cooperatives. One cooperative producing bracelets provides work for women whose husbands have been incarcerated, killed in war, or who have otherwise become single mothers. Another Colombian jewelry designer hires artisans whose communities have been displaced by war. And all of Amano Artisans’ jewelry is made from renewable materials, such as tagua (seeds from palm trees), reclaimed wood, dried orange peels, and acai seeds.
“Our goal is to create a powerful and thriving community of artisans where all the traditions and talents of Colombia are kept alive,” says Carolina.