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Ever since our first buying trip to India in 1996 we have continued to personally source all our furniture, textile and jewellery products. This enables us to constantly check on the supply of wood and other natural materials together with working practices and conditions. We trust our suppliers in the same way that you can trust our diligence in ensuring ethical sourcing.
Our one off pieces of Indian furniture are either completely antique or upcycled using reclaimed wood. Typically this wood comes from old colonial era buildings that have been demolished and due to their age the wood has a beautiful natural patina. ‘Reclaim, Recycle, Reuse’ is the motto of one of our biggest suppliers. They have also developed ‘The Green Tree Project’ to promote tree plantation in India along with environmental awareness and education on this topic.
Our reproduction and contemporary furniture is only ever constructed from wood grown in managed forests. We do not purchase items made from newly harvested teak as a matter of policy.
Our textiles are generally sourced from small cottage industries which support hundreds of families in the rural desert areas of Rajasthan. These are skills that are passed down from generation to generation and are an integral part of many local economies.
For the last two years Trading Boundaries has been a supporter of The Sambhali Trust, an organisation that empowers, educates and supports women and children in the poorest communities in India. Some of the Sambhali students have now graduated from sewing school and we are committed to purchasing their products which are available to see in store. All proceeds of these sales go back into the charity. You can learn more about Sambhali by clicking here .
Suppliers who we met over 20 years ago have become life-long friends and we have seen their businesses develop over the years. We’ve also seen their children grow up and join their companies, as have ours - so the relationship goes forwards into future generations. We’re always happy to provide more information so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.