is taken from
a mud volcano located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, between
the cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena, whose mud baths are
highly sought after by tourists from around the world for the
benefits to health and beauty. But El Totumo is also a tree (Crescentia
cujete) with deep roots, known in English as calabash gourd tree,
native to America and distributed throughout the tropics. Its
fruit, whose dried shell is used to make containers and handcrafts
of great beauty, also has many medicinal qualities, and it is
used by indigenous and rural communities to address, especially,
therefore believe that the name represents our artisans from America
to Africa very well, where hundreds of men and women want to show
the world their amazing artistic talent through what they do best.
Many of these artisans are living in rural or indigenous territory
in countries such as Colombia, Kenya and South Africa.
calabash is the culmination of a dream: to bring authentic ethnic
and popular folk art to the hands of a consumer who values multiculturalism
and appreciates the social sense of the project. We practice fair
business trade principles, which allow artisans to obtain a fair
price for their products and achieve a better quality of life.
The buyer, meanwhile, enjoy products that have a history of value
and respect for human beings and their environment, while contributing
to a work that benefits producers, since part of our earnings
are intended to help women and men to build their life projects
and small craft workshops where they make the excellent products
you will find in El Totumo.
has not worked in fashion, has not dressed celebrities, and did
not decide to embark in this line of work from an "aha"
moment while having exotic vacations in remote places. Born and
raised to a working class Italian immigrant family in the northern
coast of Colombia, taking every opportunity small or large to
learn and dream of improving the lives of her own family and those
less fortunate, Vivian never shied away from hard work. Fortune
has it that after graduating from college, her first job provided
her first international work-travel experience.
Ever since and
after 32 years in the international workforce, she has seen the
opportunity of the many ways we can all help struggling societies
around the world. Through El Totumo she wants to contribute to
help others have a little piece of a better life by providing
a platform to showcase who these artisans are and how talented
they are, and the importance they play as human beings. Raising
awareness and by sharing the stories of some of these hard working
people is El Totumo's contribution to improve the lives of others.
Be part of it.