IndiArts Collective keeps respectful transparent relationships with our artisan partners by buying directly from them and paying their asking price. Our featured handmade products showcase their talents to global markets, helping them support their families and improve their quality of living.
We travelled and interviewed the makers to learn about their experience and share the traditions behind each of their products. Bringing these items to a larger audience and providing their history on our site helps "Give artisans a voice" and aids with the conservation of indigenous and traditional communities and cultures around the world.
- Our Artisan Products
Our products are entirely made by artisans in South America. At the moment we have products from Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico. We aim to increase the number of artisans we work with and to create innovative and useful products to meet current and future market demands.
- Leather Products
Some of our leather products are designed in Vancouver but then handcrafted in small batches by a small family business in Colombia. Our products are unique, high-quality and durable; we use genuine cow leather which is decorated with native artwork made by Colombian indigenous groups. We buy the Molas or tejido Wayuu art work directly from the artisans in the Kuna and Wayuu communities of Colombia. These fabrics are later brought to the small leather factory where the final products are carefully handmade with the best finishes possible by leather masters. We respect and value indigenous artwork, which is the reason why we guarantee that the authenticity of the indigenous art we used to decorate our products remains unaltered.
Finally, we have audited each of the spaces where our products are made, making sure that they follow the country’s employment standards, no forced or child labor is in place while guaranteeing all makers have a safe and good workplace.