We buy directly from the artisans themselves.

Here are a few of the artisans that make some of our beautiful products.

ALL photographs on this website are copyright of the photographer © Edwina Pickles 2012

 Some of artisans that make hammocks for The Toucan Shop.

nicarguan artisan hammock maker

Don Ricardo has been making hammocks all his life. As a young boy he learned from his mother and in turn he has taught his daughter how to make hammocks.  This family are true artisans who make beautiful high quality hammocks. They also understand the principles of fair trade.


artisan hammock

It is common but not always the way.... that the man weaves the hammock and the women make the crochet border to be attached onto the side of the hammocks.


making a nicaraguan hammock
crochet hammock


For the Nicaraguans, ceramics are part of their traditional culture. They have been making "art from the earth" for centuries, long before the Spanish Conquest.

Today they still use the traditional techniques and natural paints to produce magnificient work. They use both modern and pre-Columbian designs.

Here are a few photos of some of the artisans with their work.

pottery artisans 

Azucena works together with her husband Juan Paulino. They are well known for using pre-Columbian designs and maintaining their traditional techniques. They now specialise in ceramic jewellery. Juan proudly showed us all the steps starting from the clays to the finished polished pieces of art. He uses bottle tops to cut the shapes of the earrings.

pottery jewellery artisans 

pottery artisan nicaragua


Dulio Jimenez is another artist whose ceramic work is very impressive.

pottery nicaraguan 


 more to come .......