Our story and mission

The Wandering Heart brand was born in 2016 from a love of adventure, experience and human connection, and a deep passion for the rich cultural and textile traditions of Central America.

In 2015, while volunteering in Mexico, the founder of Wandering Heart had the great privilege of working with many talented artisans. It was this experience that led to an ongoing love affair with the culture and textiles of Central America and a desire to support and learn more about the use of traditional production techniques and how small-scale artisans were fusing these techniques with modern design.

Wandering Heart brings you a curated collection of handmade pieces from Mexico and Guatemala. Currently we collaborate with six independent artisan families and one co-operative in Mexico, and one co-operative and one independent artisan family in Guatemala.

The collection is also supplemented by beautiful market finds—the result of travelling to many off-the-beaten-track places. We invest time in documenting and understanding the creative process: who is involved, the length of time it takes to make a particular item, and the techniques and materials that are used.

It is our mission to contribute to the preservation and valuation of traditional knowledge and skills. Our focus is also on, where possible, multi purpose or multi functional pieces, shifting the focus away from fast fashion, to slow crafted, quality pieces that can be cherished for years to come. Each piece carries a unique rhythm and story that cannot be replicated through a machine-made, rapid process of production. Our pieces are about the people who make them as much as they are about the people who will purchase them.

It is the stories of our artisan partners and their creative journey that inspires us and brings each and every one of our uniquely crafted pieces into being. We bring you the textures, traditions, creativity and stories of people—not machines.

We invite you to follow our journey and in doing so, to let your heart wander…

 

            

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