Tulia's Artisan Gallery Blog
Meet the Makers - Artisan Profile #1: Isabel May 17 2016
These whimsical mobiles are the brainchild of Isabel. As a child, she always wanted to be an artist, but opted instead for a career in accounting to please her parents. After her daughter was born, she returned to her artistic passion and created her first mobile, a dragonfly, for the new nursery. Soon, she was busy making more dragonflies to fill requests by friends and family.
After going through a divorce, a friend encouraged her to apply to an arts festival. Isabel took out a loan to cover the costs of the booth fees. At the show, she completely sold out & won first prize. The prize was a full refund of the booth fee! With the loan paid off, Isabel was convinced the business had a future.
About our logo March 02 2016
Tulia's logo is based on a silk stitch design found in many Wounaan plates, baskets, and bracelets. In addition to having a stylized "T", "A", and "G" for Tulia's Artisan Gallery, it is fitting since the Wounaan collections are the heart of our business. In Wounaan culture, this design represents a fish hook used by Wounaan fishermen and is called "sinfiquerca" in the Wounaan language. Our artisans are in the process of collecting artifacts such as these for a cultural heritage museum that they hope to one day build in Bogota.
The original homelands of the Wounaan are in the lowland forests and waterways of the pacific coast in the state of Choco. Some communities are 3 hours away from the nearest town via motor boat. Our artisans are also busy collecting the oral histories of elders still living in Choco to document the use of these artifacts and their knowledge of medicinal plants.
ALUNA - Tairona Heritage Trust February 01 2016
Tulia's Artisan Gallery donates a portion of each purchase to projects in education and/or cultural preservation in Colombia that empowers indigenous communities.
In 2015 your purchases helped fund the Tairona Heritage Trust - A project initiated by the Kogi, an indigenous tribe in Colombia, to communicate to the world that we must take care of nature and combat ecocide.