Fair Trade Folk Art and Handcrafted Imports
14 West Jones Street
10 am-5pm Monday -Saturday, Sunday 11am-4pm
If you’re looking for an unusual gift, a one-of-a-kind conversation piece for your home or even a greeting card that’s almost too beautiful and inspiring to give away, then it’s well worth a trip to Folkorico, just a bit off the beaten path on beautiful W. Jones Street. This eclectic little shop is full of small wonders from more than 30 different countries. There are artifacts, iconography, accent furniture and a wonderful collection of folk, traditional and contemporary art. Ceramics, pottery, blown glass, textiles and jewelry make it easy to find gifts for just about anybody. The hardest part is deciding what to buy.
For the all the great, reasonably priced finds in the shop, however, the best part of visiting Folklorico is meeting the owners Heidi and Joe Berkeley. Adventurers, world travelers and Fair Trade advocates, they love to share their travel stories and their passion for the artisans whose work they offer. “The pieces we sell all have a story to them,” says Heidi.
“My travel experiences have enriched my life, but witnessing people’s everyday struggles and challenges made it impossible to come home and carry on as if there weren’t a problem.”
That’s where Fair Trade comes in. A growing movement, it insures that artisans are paid a fair living wage, have safe and healthy working conditions, engage in environmentally sustainable practices and foster educational opportunities. All the items in the shop are either purchased directly by the couple on buying trips or through Fair Trade and socially conscious importers. “The shop is our way of helping and giving our customers an opportunity to help as well each time they make a purchase.”