Back in 2007, disillusioned with the rat race, we decided to pack it all in, sell our possessions and buy one-way tickets to Asia, where we begun an exciting new adventure exploring new worlds, cultures, music and nature. Fascinated by the diversity and skills we saw as we wandered through endless markets, souks and street-stalls, we formed an idea to set up a small business importing some of these ethical and fairly traded items into Scotland. As we travelled around, we met with artisans, women’s co-operatives, traditional weavers and other craftspeople and over time we developed lasting business relationships with them. Business with a personal basis. We placed emphasis on fair trade, mutual respect and sustainalility, and by cutting out the middlemen we were able to find a competitive niche in the UK craft market. The result is Terrapin Trading Ltd.
Now selling to over 40 countries worldwide and with a loyal support network, together with the strong relationships we have forged with our suppliers in the design and production of innovative exciting handmade items in these developing countries, we are now a strong and fast growing fair trade company. We are commited to supporting craftsmen in these countries and doing our part to revive and maintain traditional skills and crafts.
We currently trade with producers and craftspeople in Morocco, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Nepal & Vietnam and many more countries will be investigated in the coming months and years.