Altiplano is a small company based in southern Vermont and Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Working with many cooperative groups, small family businesses, and their own fair trade workshop, we are committed to creating innovative products that support indigenous communities and the environment.
The Altiplano collection passes through many hands before reaching you. Working with many of the same artisans since its inception, the quality and design of Altiplano products reflect years of experience. Altiplano provides employment opportunities to cooperative groups, small family businesses and to women in their own fair trade workshop. In an effort to support traditional life, Altiplano offers women the opportunity to work at home, making them available for their children, and other domestic duties, while earning financial independence.
Whether drawing from traditional techniques, or exploring new ones, owner/designer Shari Zarin is inspired by the skill and motivation of the many artisans that she works with. The Altiplano workplace represents mutual appreciation, dedication, and respect, and the many beautiful products that result reflect these values.