One of the main things that attracts us to this company is their mindfulness around and regard for their artisans. There is longevity amongst the staff, where, on average, artisans have worked for 10 years, all the way up to the most senior artisan, Lili, who has worked in the workshop for 28 years, and even provided homework help to Eugenia as a child! This artisan group employs 15 artisans, 5 who work in the sawmill and 10 who work in the workshop. Hiring women is very important to Eugenia, which is evident in that 7 of the 15 artisans employed are women, in a workforce traditionally filled by men. She says “we have to take care of mother first.” In fact, they just experienced a recent “baby boom”, adding 4 babies to artisans’ families, further proving the flexibility the artisans enjoy, allowing for quick schedule changes due to sick children and school drop-offs/pick-ups.
This artisan group is incredibly mindful about the techniques used to source and create their designs. All of their materials are biodegradable and eco-friendly. The wood comes from recovered timber industries all across Argentina. In particular, the “Lenga” wood grows in the forests of Patagonia and the “Kiri” wood grows in the northernmost part of the country. The wood first goes to their sawmill in Buenos Aires before making its way to the workshop, which is across the street.
We hope you enjoy the products out of Argentina as much as we do!