Thursday, March 25, 2010

*Terrabella* Spotlight

Over at Etsy it is Euro-week and in the spirit of promoting the global handmade community, we thought we would be more worldly here as well! I am happy to bring you this shop called Terrabella from Nicaragua. To me this is a far off place and I find it fascinating to learn of people like myself running Etsy shops and how it works for them in their community.

Terrabella uses sustainable and ethical materials from Central America. The natural look and feel of her products, made from materials unique to Nicaragua, make this shop undeniably the place to find distinct home decor and eye -catching- sure -to- get you- compliments jewelry!

Terrabella is owned by a female artisan who turns to nature to create her products. You can spot the influences of Nicaragua in the natural materials used to create her products. Terrabella had such a compelling handmade story worth exploring so we asked her to tell us about crafting in Central America and here is what she had to say:

"Terrabella" means "beautiful land" and perfectly describes the setting in which I live. Our country has different natural resources in the different regions. We have volcanoes, fresh water lakes and lagoons, beaches in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean, mountains, and rivers. Each small picturesque town has its own traditions and folklore.

Terrabella's owner is a third generation jeweler. Her husband owns a carpentry shop and uses large pieces of sustainable wood. Being the crafter that she is, she found a way to recycle his leftover pieces of wood to create like her keepsake boxes, carved bowls, and wooden bangles and earrings.

I have always been fascinated by the different regions and the ingenuity of the people in each region and found ways to help sustain and support individual families. The crocodile leather is bartered from a family that lives in the lake region where crocodiles are sustainably farmed and are used as their main source of meat. I give them bangles for their artistic creations and they give me small amounts leather in return.

The baskets are elaborated in the northern region of the country where the lower temperature and higher altitude provides pine trees that do not exist in any other region. Since my grandmother is from this region and we are constantly traveling there, I always purchase whatever amount of baskets this one particular family has made and then I embellish them with natural seeds, metals, and fibers.

I think these bracelet have such a natural beauty and rich earthy color tones. They are adaptable to any occasion for wearing them because of their wooden element and the loveliness of the quality will surely having people wondering where you have found it.

I love all these earrings and their funky, sexy appeal! I can see all the Nicaraguan ladies on the beach with their hair up and some gorgeous earthy earrings and I want to do that too! It's now my number one beach accessory this year!

I was definitely intrigued by Terrabella and the handmade story of it's existence. Come and check out all of her eco-friendly, sustainable, ethical products. We feel inspired to be more eco- conscious in our fashion thanks to Terrabella, and hope that you are too!

Terrabella has a generous Buy Two Get One Free (of equal or lesser value) Offer to A Handmade Revolution followers, just make sure to mention by contacting before your purchase. Also Terrabella has Free Shipping to USA and Canada, I know for me this is a huge bonus. A big thanks to Terrabella for your wonderful offers!

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  1. Reading this interview makes me want to spend a day with Terrabella on a Nicaraguan excursion and watching her work in her shop. Love her sustainable, ecofriendly items. She makes such beautiful things working WITH nature!

  2. What an AMAZING shop! I love, love, LOVE those bangle sets. They would make a great gift!

  3. Her work is incredible! I love sustainable crafting. And I too love those deep red bangles -- fabulous!