Kate Spade went to Salvatierra!! Salvatierra Imports and Claudia Mercado teamed up to introduce Kate Spade designer Paulina Reyes to artisans of Salvatierra, San Ignacio and San Borja, where she worked with them to develop special items for the Design for a Living World project, organized by the Nature Conservancy. The bags, woven from jipijapa and using FSC certified wood, are on exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt in New York City until January 2010. Find out more here!
Check out the article in Native Peoples magazine about the Bolivian Minga, written by Kristen (Salvatierra co-founder) and Shane Townsend. Click here to learn more.
Salvatierra returned to Bolivia in June and July to develop new products. You'll see them soon on this site.
Check out the blog from our last trip, which was sponsored by Partners of the Americas and the American Business Fellows Program, and financed by the US Department of State.
See the article about Salvatierra Imports in the Arlington Connection!
In the Washington DC area? Now visit us in retail stores in Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria, and Rehoboth Beach!
In New Orleans? Visit us in stores at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens and the Audubon Zoo Marketplace.
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Salvatierra gave a presentation at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University about starting a business with an environmental and social vision. The title: "Where in the World is Salvatierra?"
our presentation on Salvatierra at the World Bank? Click
here to download the slide show.
In the Bolivian tropics, legends of mermaids are common. That might seem surprising given that Bolivia has no coast. But if you are lucky enough to be in Bolivia during rainy season, you might see the pink and gray freshwater dolphins that have inspired legends and art about mermaids.
At left, replica of the 18th century San Miguel Mermaid found in the Mission Church. Natural ochre paints on FSC-certified tropical cedar. $75.00
Jesuit Mission Angels
These angels are replicas of 18th century carving from the Jesuit Mission churches of Bolivia. Hand-painted with natural ochre paints on certified tropical wood. Perfect gifts for people who love angels. $32.00 View more angels...
Tucked among the Andes
mountains to the west and the vast inland forest sea of the Amazon
to the east, Bolivia remains one of the most inaccessible and unchanged
countries of the Americas...
Swing in Spring with Bolivian Hammocks!
How do you make a Guarayos hammock? It takes four weeks, tree bark,
nimble fingers and centuries of tradition. These gorgeous hand made hammocks are Salvatierra's signature product. Known as the best in the world, Salvatierra artisans spend one month spinning thread and hand knotting each piece.
here to learn more or purchase
Hand Woven Placemats
These vibrant placemats are woven on a home loom and trimmed by hand with lovely macrame and fringe. Their vivid colors recall the Bolivian jungle and make them perfect for the porch, patio or picnic. $12.00 each or 6 for $60.00.
Luxury travel tote
This beautiful leather trimmed tote was hand made in Salvatierra. A perfect gift for a traveler or commuter.
Salvatierra means "save the earth" in Spanish, but it is also the name of a remote village in Bolivia where we were inspired by the beauty, skill, and culture that the women weave into the traditional hammocks. We discovered that the tropics of Bolivia have a rich tradition of art and handicrafts that is almost unknown outside of its borders. This inspired us to launch Salvatierra.
Your Purchase Helps. Why?
- We donate a portion of sales to youth music education programs in Bolivia.
- Buying products from forest communities strengthens them so they can manage their forests better.
- Many of our products use Forest
Stewardship Council certified wood, a guarantee of sustainable tropical forest management.
- Everything we sell is made by cooperatives or individual artists. Many of the artisans work in their homes.
- Your purchase supports the rich folk art and artisan traditions of Bolivia.