Who doesn’t dream of the ultimate shopping trip? An opportunity to travel around the world, visiting different cultures and buying for yourself (and of course your friends) products you would never find elsewhere. Unfortunately, this kind of a shopping adventure is not practical for most of us. At least until now!
INTRODUCING INDIGENOUS CHIC
Indigenous Chic’s mission is simple: to explore remote regions of the globe discovering artisans hand crafting jewelry and apparel previously unavailable to wider audiences. And then to bring these unique products to you conveniently and at affordable prices.
Power of the Internet
Through the power of the internet, we can be your shopping guide – to take you with us as we explore different villages, and remote market places. Learning about the history of the region, traditions of the artisans, and then watching the craft-making take place before our eyes. And as you shop, buying that special gift or new wardrobe addition, and then at day’s end anxiously waiting to tell your friends back home the story behind this one-of-a-kind fashion treasure.
Smooth ovals of rich purple spondylus shell shape these Purple Seas earrings. Sterling silver setting is handcrafted by twisting and soldering together thin silver wire. The shells of spondylus mollusks (thorny oysters), harvested from the ocean floor off Ecuador and Peru, have been used since pre-Columbian times. In ancient times spondylus was used for art, religious offerings and currency. Today this purple to red shell is used to create beautiful jewelry.
Hazy blue of the southern ocean imbues this Filipino necklace. Dyed capiz shell medallions, from Saffy Handicrafts. Capiz is the thin, off-white shell of the windowpane oyster. Artisans first wash and soak After the shells have dried, they are cut into shapes. A wire edge and a shiny coat of varnish complete this labor intensive process.
The rich midnight blue of sodalite gemstones, set in shining sterling silver. Handcrafted in Peru. Sodalite is a royal blue mineral, sometimes including white calcite. It is similar in color to lapis lazuli, and is used as an ornamental gemstone in jewelry-making. Sodalite ranges from opaque to transparent.
By joining with us in this journey of discovery, you can be confident you are making a difference. First, by providing these products, Indigenous Chic opens a marketplace for the artisans previously unattainable due to the current lack of logistics. And because each family's daily livelihood depends on selling these goods, each sale directly increases their quality of life. Secondly, Indigenous Chic donates a portion of every sales dollar to our NGO, a non-profit organization dedicated to proving clear water, medical supplies, and educational materials to the people we visit and buy from. So with each purchase, you are helping raise the standard of living for everyone in the village.
To explore remote regions of the globe discovering artisans hand crafting jewelry and apparel previously unavailable to wider audiences, and then to bring these unique products to you conveniently and at affordable prices.