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Nunkui Ecoferia Amazónica – The Real Things

An Indigenous Crafts Gallery Store
Baltazara de Calderon 2-14 (next to Mujeres con Exito), Cuenca

Paul and Lucia have worked with indigenous cultures for more than 10 years and have deep, personal relationships with the craft makers. They have direct relationships with many communities of the rainforest—Shuar, Achuar, Kichwa and Waorani. Their new gallery store on Baltazara de Calderon 2-14 continues their mission to make authentic and unique handmade crafts available to the public. They regularly make journeys—sometimes days long—into the Amazonian villages to purchase these creative and lovely items. Many of the indigenous makers travel days to bring them to Paul and Lucia.

Their small gallery store is a place you and your visitors will find the best examples of authentic indigenous crafts. The best thing about visiting their store is that Paul and Lucia can tell you everything about which village, family or individual made the item and explain how the materials and methods used by the indigenous makers reflect the resources available in their environments. Knowing about the origin and creation of your purchases will provide valuable memories for years to come.

They feel encouraged about the interest in both their products and their business philosophy—in proposing new ways of life, education, and respect for nature. They are supporting the preservation of cultural identity and benefiting the communities through marketing high-quality products to contribute to economic sustainability. Their mission is to promote conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Amazon and to contribute to the sustainable development of the rainforest communities as an economic alternative to extractive industries. Their products support biodiversity, cultural survival and the sustainability of the world's largest rainforest.

Necessarily, from time to time, the gallery store will need to be closed so that they and their two children will be able to travel to the Amazonian communities to restock their unique products. Call for store hours.

Baltazara de Calderon 2-14 (next to Mujeres con Exito), Cuenca.

Paul Sanchez:  099 586 767