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Women Artisans Saving the Amazon Rainforest One Seed At A Time

A partnership with indigenous Amazon women artisans to create viable avenues for their traditional artistry & protection of the Amazon rainforest & culture.

Our work helps create viable and environmentally sustainable economies for indigenous Amazon communities as an alternative to extractive industries. In this way, they can continue to be stewards of the forests, ensuring the health of the planet. Once an indigenous community has been disrupted by extractive industries, they are often left with no means to adjust to a new way of life and are unable to continue to live solely in their traditional way. Our work supports their culture, livelihood and self-determination. We develop lasting relationships and work in collaboration with artisans to ensure their needs are addressed. We co-create and bring to the world beautiful traditional and contemporary collections of fine organic and handmade Amazon eco fashions, accessories and home products made with sustainable rainforest materials, based on each community's traditional artistry. We currently work with the Cofán in Ecuador and the Awajún in Perú. www.orgbyvio.com

Your support makes our mission possible, as we grow organically and address the needs of the artisans and communities.

The more funds we have to do our work, the more communities we can reach out to.
 
CONTRIBUTIONS ARE ACCEPTED WORLDWIDE.

Our Work & Mission

• Assess a community's strengths and traditional livelihood to jointly develop a sustainable industry based on their traditional artistry.

• Set up traditionally built facilities for artisans to have a place to develop and produce their goods.

• Work with indigenous Amazon artisans to develop products and open markets that generate a sustainable economy for the communities, while protecting their culture and rainforests.

• Design and develop products based on their traditional arts and local materials.

• Train in quality and production to ensure consistency.

• Train in business and marketing to run their own businesses independently.

• Train in computer and internet.

• Supply communities with materials, laptops, internet, electricity through sustainable sources, etc., where needed and available.

• Fund production of goods.

• Pay artisans a fair wage for samples and production of goods, as well as share 50% of profits from the sale of goods (after all costs and expenses) with producing communities to use in varied ways through projects that enhance their livelihood, while maintaining their cultural identity.

• Connect with luxury markets and designers looking to source the artisans' work for their collections.

• Exhibit and sell collections and traditional goods through wholesale, trade shows and our online Shop.

• Ensure that artisans and youth continue cultivating their arts and culture.

• Promote the protection of indigenous Amazon culture and the rainforest within the communities, domestically and abroad.

• Share sustainable solutions that harmonize with indigenous Amazon culture to enhance their way of life and address a community's needs.

The Impact

We work with women-run artisan associations in the Amazon. Their success impacts their lives, that of their families and communities by using their own creative resources to generate sustainable means to address their needs and thrive in their own communities.

Their success in their own communities also means that they can live where they feel most alive, surrounded by nature and ancestral wisdom they have protected for centuries.

Protected Amazon rainforests benefit all of us and the planet.

Other Ways You Can Help

Buy the artisans' exquisite high-quality Amazon eco fashion and products at www.orgbyvio.com.
 
Write about the artisans and our work in your blog, magazine, and in social media.
 
Invest in our mission.
 
For a tax-deductible contribution, please visit www.amazonwatch.org and donate, in Additional Comments write “VIOLETA’S AMAZON PROJECT”.
 
We'd love your support, if you like our work, mission and seeing the people of the Amazon thriving, as we, together, protect the rainforests for us and the planet.

Thank you!
 

Choose your rewards

Seven Amazon Rainforest Wallpapers for your Smartphone $10+

For $15 or more, you receive 4 Wallpapers for your iPhone featuring beautiful nature images from the Amazon rainforest.For $10 or more, you receive 7 Wallpapers for your Smartphone featuring beautiful nature images from the Amazon rainforest.


Cofán or Awajún Unisex Bracelet $25+

For $30 or more, you receive a Cofán or Awajún Unisex Bracelet handmade with rainforest seeds by Asociación Sukû artisans from the Ecuadorian Amazon or Awajún Artisans from the Peruvian Amazon.For $25 or more, you receive a Cofán or Awajún Unisex Bracelet handmade with rainforest seeds by Asociación Sukû artisans from the Ecuadorian Amazon or Awajún Artisans from the Peruvian Amazon.


Awajún Beaded Necklace $50+

For $60 or more, you receive an Awajún Beaded Necklace handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon. The red and black colors of the huayruro seed symbolize good fortune and abundance, as well as balance.For $50 or more, you receive an Awajún Beaded Necklace handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon. The red and black colors of the huayruro seed symbolize good fortune and abundance, as well as balance.


Cofán Beaded Necklace $75+

For $75 or more, you receive a gorgeous Cofán Beaded Necklace handmade with rainforest seeds by Asociación Sukû artisans from the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Cofán Kango Triple Beaded Necklace $75+
For $150 or more, you receive a Cofán Kango Triple Row Necklace handmade with rainforest seeds by Asociación Sukû artisans from the Ecuadorian Amazon.For $75 or more, you receive a gorgeous Cofán Beaded Necklace or a Cofán Kango Triple Beaded Necklace handmade with rainforest seeds by Asociación Sukû artisans from the Ecuadorian Amazon.


Amazon Shoulder Bag $100+

For $95 or more, you receive a gorgeous Cofán Shigra Bag handmade with chambira plant fiber and dyed with plant dyes by Asociación Sukû artisans from the Ecuadorian Rainforest.For $100 or more, you receive a gorgeous Cofán Shigra Bag handmade with chambira plant fiber and dyed with plant dyes by Asociación Sukû artisans from the Ecuadorian Rainforest...
OR a Unisex Awajún Wanpash Bag
For $100 or more, you receive a Unisex Awajún Wanpash Bag handmade by Awajún artisans in the Peruvian Rainforest. Chambira plant fiber is hand stripped and rolled into twine, then woven into this beautiful bag. Colors are achieved with plant dyes. Handmade by Awajún artisans in the Peruvian Rainforest. Chambira plant fiber is hand stripped and rolled into twine, then woven into this beautiful bag. Colors are achieved with plant dyes. See Ashaninka Shoulder Bag below from our Deep in Forests partner Ecotribal for a third option. Each bag is unique, you will receive one similar to photos.


Awajún Beaded Chichao Necklace $125+

For $90 or more, you receive an exquisite Awajún Chichao Necklace handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon.

OR an Awajún Beaded Woven Necklace $125+
For $125 or more, you receive a gorgeous Awajún Woven Necklace handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon.For $125 or more, you receive a gorgeous Awajún Woven Necklace or an exquisite Awajún Chichao Necklace handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon.


Awajún Etsa or Enkepa Beaded Necklace $175+

For $205 or more, you receive a stunning Awajún Etsa Beaded Necklace handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon. Etsa means Sun in Awajún.For $175 or more, you receive a stunning Awajún Etsa Beaded Necklace handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon. Etsa means Sun in Awajún...
Or Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Black Seeds
For $250 or more, you receive an amazing Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Black handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon.A striking Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Black handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon...
Or Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Natural & Black Seeds
For $250 or more, you receive a gorgeous Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Black & Natural handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon.Gorgeous Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Black & Natural handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon...
Or Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Saffron Seeds
For $250 or more, you receive a gorgeous Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Saffron handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon.Gorgeous Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Saffron handmade with rainforest seeds by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian Amazon...
Or Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Multicolor Beads
For $250 or more, you receive an amazing Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Multicolor handmade with color beads by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian rainforest.Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Multicolor handmade with color beads by Awajún artisans from the Peruvian rainforest.


Cofán Hammock $300+

For $425 or more, you receive a beautiful Cofán Hammock handmade by Cofán artisans from the Ecuadorian rainforest. Chambira fiber is hand picked, dried, stripped and rolled into twine. Colors are dyed with plant colors.For $300 or more, you receive a beautiful Cofán Hammock handmade by Cofán artisans from the Ecuadorian rainforest. Chambira fiber is hand picked, dried, stripped and rolled into twine. Colors are dyed with plant colors. It takes over one month by a talented artisan to create the beautiful intricacy of the Cofan Hammock.
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SK1 Knife Sage Blades $650+

For $700 or more, you receive this beautiful SK1 Knife by Sage Blades, the perfect bush tool for the jungle or camping. Handcrafted with O1 Tool Steel in a micro-peened finish and a leather-cord handle-wrap with a kydex sheath.For $650 or more, you receive this beautiful SK1 Knife by Sage Blades, the perfect bush tool for the jungle or camping. Handcrafted with O1 Tool Steel in a micro-peened finish and a leather-cord handle-wrap with a kydex sheath.
10 Available.

Sage Blades is the product of knife designer and maker Dylan Farnham, whose attention to detail, function and beauty combine to make the perfect cutting tools that can be passed from generation to generation. All Sage Blades knives and tools come with a lifetime warranty.

Sage Blades has been invited by the men in the Awajún community of Urakusa in the Peruvian Amazon, to give a workshop and teach them how to make their own knives from found metal, which ORG by vio® will sponsor. www.sageblades.com.

Rewards from our Deep in Forests partners

Yanesha Bowl PaTS $245+

For $210 or more, you receive a Yanesha Bowl made with wood from managed forests by Yanesha artisans from the Peruvian rainforest, from PaTS.For $245 or more, you receive a Yanesha Bowl. 25 Available.
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For $270 or more, you receive a Large Yanesha Bowl with Handles made with wood from managed forests by Yanesha artisans from the Peruvian rainforest, from PaTS.A Yanesha Bowl with Handles hand carved with wood from managed forests by Yanesha artisans from the Peruvian rainforest, from PaTS. 25 Available.

PaTS stands for Partnership and Technology for Sustainability. "PATS means EARTH in the YANESHA dialect. PaTS has twelve years working in the Palcazu Valley, in the Central Peruvian Amazon, with  the Yanesha ethnic group as partners, in five Native Communities along this exquisitely beautiful lush valley.

PaTS program increases the value of one tree, from US$30 to $1,800 of economic sustenance for the forest inhabitants.  This allows them not to have to harvest many trees to live sustainably, and allows for their forests to be managed easily.  Only two trees per hectare were harvested, on average, last year, 2011.

Artisans are able to work in their own home.  We aim to keep them employed only three weeks a month, so they may also tend their farms and live their family lives.  PATS is a Peruvian non-profit organization still receiving financial sponsorship from foundations until sales reach a Sustainability break even volume, forecasted to be reached by the end of 2013. www.patsperu.org

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Traditional Ashaninka Cushma Robe Ecotribal $350+

For $350+ you receive this traditional Ashaninka cotton robe, or cushma, woven by Ashaninka women for the men of their tribe. The organic cotton is grown in small forest gardens within the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.For $350+ you receive this traditional Ashaninka cotton robe, or cushma, woven by Ashaninka women for the men of their tribe. The organic cotton is grown in small forest gardens within the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Dyed with plant dyes, Cushmas are an Ashaninka's most prized possession and there is a very long tradition of giving and exchanging cushmas and cloth with nyomparis (or trading partners), which linked distant Ashaninka villages into cycles of meetings, collaboration and resource sharing. Each Cushma is unique. Yours will be similar to the one pictured above.
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Ashaninka Shoulder Bag Ecotribal $100

For $110 or more, you receive an Ashaninka Shoulder Bag from Ecotribal. Made from organic cotton fibers and natural plant dyes in a  white, brown and black striped pattern with single strap. Each bag is unique. Yours will be similar to the one above.
For $100 or more, you receive an Ashaninka Shoulder Bag from Ecotribal. Made from organic cotton fibers and natural plant dyes in a white, brown and black striped pattern with single strap. Each bag is unique. Yours will be similar to the one above.
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Ecotribal's basic mission is to collaborate with indigenous peoples in a way that provides them with an income from sustainable products that support their culture and autonomy as well as territorial and environmental integrity.

Ecotribal has been established in 2004 after a long period of gestation, including 28 years traveling and working in South America, accumulating experience in anthropology, sustainable development, teaching, tourism and journalism. This work has led to strong direct links to rainforest communities, particularly in the Peruvian Amazon. www.ecotribal.com


Tambopata Research Center, Rainforest Expeditions $1,500+
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For $2,000 or more, you receive an expedition at Tambopata Research Center from Deep in Forests partner Rainforest Expeditions. 6 days/5 nights. TRC has been working with macaws for over 20 years. A huge claylick lays less than a kilometer from TRC.For $1,500 or more, you receive an expedition at Tambopata Research Center from Deep in Forests partner Rainforest Expeditions. 6 days/5 nights. TRC has been working with macaws for over 20 years. A huge claylick lays less than a kilometer from TRC.
Photos by Jeff Cremer.
Airfare not included.

Rainforest Expeditions is a recipient of The Rainforest Alliance 2012 Sustainable Standard-Setter award. This Peruvian ecotourism company shares with visitors in a sustainable manner the miracles of the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, 1.5 million hectares of pristine, still wild, tropical rainforest encompassing an area of land the size of Connecticut and stretching from the Andean highlands to the Amazon lowlands. It includes the Tambopata National Reserve, a 275,000-hectare conservation unit created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo rivers. It is adjacent to the 1-million-hectare Bahuaja Sonene National Park. Conservation and ecotourism is helping to protect some of the last untouched lowland and premontane tropical humid forests in the Amazon.

Since 1989, guests of first one and now three Rainforest Expedition eco-lodges have added value to the region’s standing tropical rainforest. A sensitively conceived and managed (in some cases by native communities) touristic infrastructure creates a competitive alternative to such unsustainable economic uses as clear cutting the forest for timber or for cattle grazing. The partnerships Rainforest Expeditions has forged with local people eager to share Amazonian traditions with guests provide connection, expertise, adventure and access to wildlife in the jungles of Tambopata. Rainforest Expeditions has been verified and certified “a sustainable tourism business” by the Rainforest Alliance. www.perunature.com

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