Umiwi

Dorothea Schrimpe and Kathrin Ebel

from Berlin

Dorothea and Kathrin are two creative, weird and fun-loving people, who have set up the social and sustainable business Umiwi in June 2011. The idea to start their own company, has developed during their visits to various projects in Asia and Latin America. They are currently studying the Master "Sociocultural Studies" at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt / Oder. The different qualifications in business administration (Doro) and as a social worker (Kathrin) complete each other beautifully and serve as a solid foundation for Umiwi.

Umiwi trades with aid projects in Thailand and Mexico.
Aid projects are generally dependent on donations and other external funding. Therefore Umiwi's goal is to motivate aid projects in entrepreneurial activity and to support as a trading partner. This can generate their own income and donations dependence can be reduced. In each region in Thailand and Mexico rich renewable natural materials are available. Intensive discussions with locals and long stays showed that different cultures have specific knowledge and experience in the arts and crafts and are familiar with the manufacture of jewelry and accessories. Umiwi therefore focuses on fashion and accessories made from natural materials.

Umiwi mango wood bangles from Thailand.
Rarer than with the mango, we come in contact with the wood of the mango tree. It is characterized by a low weight and a striking grain. When the mango tree bears no more fruit, its wood is taken to make furniture, everyday objects or lovingly crafted jewelry pieces, such as the Umiwi-bangles. The bracelet blanks are turned from one piece of wood, then refined with food and other colors, and finally sealed with a resin coating. Each bracelet is handmade and unique.

 

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Picture 1 and 3: Mango wood bangles "Chaang": 100% mango wood, 5 cm wide. The individual grain of the mango wood raw material may result in slight color variations. You will receive a unique item.
Price: 29.- €
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Picture 2: Mango wood bangles "Nuu" : 100% mango wood, 5 cm wide. The individual grain of the mango wood raw material may result in slight color variations. You will receive a unique item.
Price: 24.- €
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