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Meet Us

 "Our business mission is to empower South American artisans in disadvantaged areas"

Your support is truly appreciated! ❤️  

We are passionate about creating opportunities for artisans to use their skills to improve their communities, standard of living and future outcomes. 
 

Originally founded in 2016, Indiarts Collective offers unique, quality handmade products that support and share our artisans’ work and spreads awareness of each product’s history and significance.

We thrive by supporting artisan communities in Latin America to preserve their indigenous and traditional cultures. Traditions that get passed on from generation to generation and that rely on the artisanal industry to continue to succeed.

Our products, made by independent artisans or small family businesses in Colombia, Guatemala, Chile and Mexico, express the wisdom, beauty, uniqueness and richness of their makers,  and the complexity of Latin American culture and traditional craftsmanship. We are committed to increasing the number of artisans we work with and to create innovative and useful products to meet current and future market demands.

Social Responsibility Promise

Indiarts Collective is a mission driven company.  We aim to give the artisans a voice by showcasing their products,  their history and their talents to a global market. We also pride ourselves in making sure each person involved in our supply chain is treated fairly. Our artisans earn a fair income to support their communities and preserve their rich traditions. Our suppliers follow each country’s employment standards, guaranteeing the safety and health of our artisan partners. 

Interested in learning more about the story behind each of our products?

Visit our Social Responsibility section to learn more about our partners, their culture and how your purchase helps make a positive impact in their communities.  

Let's empower and support South American artisans together!! 

 

Sustainability Commitment

Our ancestral commitment to our world: We have learned from our ancestors that the Earth is our center, and we must continue to honor, take care of it, and help it heal. 

Currently 50% of our products are created in a sustainable way and 10% of these are fully sustainable. Although we currently have established sustainable practices within our production process, we want to and we will do more. 

Our Sustainability Plan: we are committed to helping our earth and our artisans. This is why we have decided to take big steps towards becoming a more sustainable business. 

Our goal is simple: To make the best artisan-made, quality products without negatively impacting our earth. 

Visit our Sustainability Promise section to learn more about our current sustainable practices and our goals and strategies to become more sustainable and offer 100% sustainable products by 2025.

 

About the Owner

Hola! I’m Valentina - owner of IndiArts, a Colombian living in Canada since 2008. I’ve always appreciated indigenous culture and tradition so I started this brand to honor indigenous communities. For the past 4 years, we’ve been collaborating with indigenous artisans from South America who create quality and authentic products. IndiArts provides them with fair income to support and preserve their traditions. Our business goal is to connect with more artisans every year. IndiArts also represents product transparency. Our customers know who made the products and where they come from, each of them tell a unique story.

Why I started IndiArts 

After visiting many South American countries, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the talent of indigenous, traditional artisans and their impeccable handcrafts. However, there was an upsetting side to it. Artisans lacked support from locals, they lived in poor conditions, underpaid and unable to maintain traditions. 

My mission has always been to give back. Seeing these hardworking people live under tough conditions, I made a promise to make my dream of helping them come to fruition. IndiArts Collective stands for support and recognition of South American artisans and increasing awareness of cultural traditions in handcrafts industry. 

What motivates me to work hard since day 1: 

  • helping those in need, giving back to my home country 
  • connecting with my roots 
  • contributing to solve big problems (disparity around the world, fast fashion, neglect of marginalized artisans in Latin America) 
  • having a flexible lifestyle to stay close to my family
  • I absolutely love the work I do because it represents who I truly am, along with being able to share appreciation and knowledge with others.

 

       Listen to our pitch at a competition organized by Latincouver in Vancouver to learn more about what we do, why we do it as well as of our future plans.