Tulias Artisan Gallery

Northbrook,  IL 
United States
  • Booth: 121

Tulia's Artisan Gallery offers unique handmade gifts from Colombia.  The very popular Flying Mobiles come in all types of birds or fantasy creatures.  Proud member of Fair Trade Federation and Chicago Fair Trade. A portion of each purchase is given back to indigenous IDPs in Colombia.

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  • For Immediate Release

    Contact: Karen Torres

    Title: Owner & Founder, Tulia’s Artisan Gallery

    Email: info@tulias.com

    Phone: 773-600-7432

    NYNOW Booth #121

    Tulia’s Artisan Gallery Joins the Fair Trade Federation

    Membership in the Fair Trade Federation Marks a High Bar

    Chicago, IL (August 1, 2018) – Tulia’s Artisan Gallery is now part of a network of over 200 fair trade businesses after joining the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), a trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations that make a full commitment to fair trade.

    To become a member, applicants must submit thorough documentation describing the organization’s relationships with producer partners and efforts to provide good work conditions, fair wages, safety, environmental sensitivity, financial transparency, and more. Completion of this rigorous screening process provides an important mark of distinction for members and for shoppers interested in supporting an entire business for its fair trade practices rather than simply purchasing a fair trade product.

    “Tulia’s Artisan Gallery’s acceptance into the Fair Trade Federation means that they are meeting some of the highest standards in the fair trade movement,” says Chris Solt, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Federation. “We’re so happy to welcome them to the FTF community!”

    Tulia’s Artisan Gallery’s mission is to empower internally displaced people (IDPs) in Colombia by showcasing their talents, and demonstrate that art is Colombia’s other export.  In the UNHCR’s 2017 annual report on forced displacement, Colombia tops the list with the largest number of IDPs in the world.  The displacement situation disproportionally affects indigenous and Afro-Colombians.  Tulia’s Artisan Gallery’s many collections include the whimsical and very popular Flying Mobiles, and the stunning woven basketry of the Wounaan people. 

     In 2017, Colombia remained the country with the largest IDP population. According to the Government, 7.7 million IDPs were registered in Colombia, an increase of over a quarter-million from the beginning of the year, with no IDP returns or other decreases reported.         -UNHCR Global Trends 2017

    “We are overflowing with joy at our acceptance into the Fair Trade Federation,” says Karen Torres, founder of Tulia’s Artisan Gallery.  “Being a part of FTF, an organization with the highest standards for fair trade, means more opportunities for our artisans to preserve their community and cultural fabric that has been disrupted by displacement.”

    What is Fair Trade? The main goal is to give craftspeople and farmers who are living in areas of extreme poverty the opportunity to earn a living by selling their products in North America. These relationships are formed honoring the nine Fair Trade Federation principles which focus on fair wages, worker safety, transparency, and more. Read all nine principles at www.fairtradefederation.org/principles.

    About the Fair Trade Federation:

    The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.

    About Tulia’s Artisan Gallery:

    Tulia’s Artisan Gallery is a small, woman-owned business based in Chicago, IL dedicated to Colombia’s most talented artisans and using fair trade principles to bring their creations to the North American market. Tulia’s is a proud member of Chicago Fair Trade and the Fair Trade Federation.  Learn more at www.tulias.com. 


  • Tulia's Artisan Gallery Flying Mobiles
    Whimsical mobiles for indoor home decor. Comes in all types of birds and fantasy creatures. Each exquisitely hand-painted by talented artisans in Colombia. All fair trade and gives back. Come hear our story....

  • Fair Trade Home Decor. Hand Made in Colombia.

    These flying mobiles are perfectly balanced for the most graceful movement.  Just pull and release the bottom string and watch them fly. Each is constructed of medium density fiberboard, hand painted, and decorated with dyed tagua nuts.  These whimsical flyers are handcrafted by a woman-owned business that employs single moms and internally displaced Afro-Colombians.  The enchanting flyers come in all types of birds and fantasy creatures including: Bee, hummingbird, flying pig, dragonfly, turtle, blue bird of happiness, cardinal, blue jay, dragons, unicorns, rooster, hen, cow, pelican, whale, seagull, flying monkey, witch, cockatiel, bald eagle, toucan, parrot, macaw, blue heron, phoenix, firebird and more. These collections are great for bird enthusiasts and collectors. Tulia's Artisan Gallery is a member of Chicago Fair Trade. 

    A portion of each sale goes directly back to indigenous refugees in Colombia. 

  • Tulia's Artisan Gallery Bronze Butterfly Ornaments
    The perfect gift for any butterfly collector. Handcrafted from paper thin sheets of bronze, these exquisite ornaments/bookmarks are cut, filed, polished, and painted by hand using proprietary techniques by a husband & wife team in central Colombia....

  • Stunning bookmarks/ornaments handcrafted in bronze.  

    Cut, filed, polished, painted, and packaged by hand using proprietary techniques developed by a husband and wife team of artists. Their award-winning designs are truly eye-catching. Presentation packaging in English and envelope included with every ornament.

    Designs include Monarch Butterfly, Tiger Swallowtail, Numberwing, Glasswing, Dead Leaf, Blue Morpho, and Hummingbird. 

    Bronze plate approximately 11.5 cm long x 6.5 cm wide 

    Fair Trade gifts handmade in Colombia.

  • Tulia's Artisan Gallery Wounaan Art Baskets
    Woven plates and vases by the Wounaan tribe of Colombia. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Sewn palm leaf coils with stitching as tight as 2 per mm! Member of Chicago Fair Trade. Home decor art for the wall or mantle....

  • It takes an expert weaver approximately one day to weave one turn of a basket with stitching as tight as two stitches per millimeter!!  These exquisite pieces of home décor art, are handcrafted by the Wounaan people of the Colombian Pacific coast. Many have had to displace to urban centers due to the ongoing armed conflict in the region. Every purchase helps to empower this community and preserve their culture.  Silky palm threads are sustainably harvested from the 'chunga' palm tree which has sharp spikes along the entire trunk.  These palm leaves are silky smooth when dry.  The leaves are washed, dried, split into fine threads, and dyed with natural vegetable dyes or food dyes.  The designs and motifs come from the thoughts and inspiration of each weaver, usually representing elements from nature or their daily lives.   Tulia's Artisan Gallery is a proud member of Chicago Fair Trade.  A portion of each purchase is given back to the Wounaan for cultural preservation projects.  
  • Tulia's Artisan Gallery Wounaan Accessories
    Miniature coil baskets encased in sterling silver frames to make stunning earrings and pendants. Comes in three colors and three designs. All handwoven by indigenous Wounaan artisans from Colombia. Fair Trade and Gives Back....

  • Needle sewn palm thread pendants and earrings handmade by indigenous Wounaan artisans of Colombia.  Palm threads are naturally dyed, sewn in a coil basket technique, and encased in sterling silver.  A one-of-a-kind statement piece.  Comes in black, red, or deep tourquoise.  Designs are solid, half moon, or star burst.  Tulia's Artisan Gallery is a member of Chicago Fair Trade. A portion of each sale goes directly back to indigenous refugees in Colombia. 

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