We have recently taken delivery of a new range of Fair Trade jewellery from Latin America. Mainly earrings, but also some bracelets and pendants.
Tumi specialise in importing from Mexico (silver jewellery), Peru (hand-painted beads, feathers and organic acai seeds from the Amazon basin), and Ecuador (rainforest and tagua jewellery) as well as pieces from Chile (bamboo) and Argentina (wood).
An example is our bone hoop earrings with bamboo drops and turquoise beads which has been handmade by a family business in Cuzco – the ancient capital of the Incas in Peru.
In 1978, he went to South America for the first time.
When he returned to England he founded Tumi, an import business specialising in fair trade arts and crafts from Latin America.
Tumi’s focus has not only been incorporating the business side of Latin America but also the social, cultural and political aspects of the continent together with an understanding of the life of the Latin American people.
Now 35 years on, the craftsmen of yesterday have passed skills onto their children and so the new generation is taking over from their parents and ensuring success stories for small producer and family groups all over Latin America.