Young Taiwanese entrepreneurs are getting better and better at telling their stories. Especially when the products are handmade, artisanal, organic and proudly made in Taiwan.
One of the companies that caught my eye is Kamaro’an, a business founded in May 2013 by three students at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. The company was incubated at the university as part of a business design lab that matched tribal artists with business students.
Kamaro’an products are created by artisans of the Makota’ay tribe, a community settled on the eastern shoreline of Taiwan. In the indigenous Pangcah (or Amis) language, the meaning of kamoro’an is “to stay and to live”.
The vision of the brand is rooted in the concept of social enterprise: “First introduce the unique aesthetics of the Amis artists to the mass by artistic designs, and then drive the tribal economy through the local craft industry.”
Above and below: home products made from umbrella sedge, a natural grass. The card holder is called the Alignment Storage. Below is the Revolve Light. Both are from the new 2016 collection.
Below, items from the Wave collection of handmade carvings out of driftwood, designed to look like organic waves. Every table and tray is unique to the piece of driftwood.
The brand’s website doesn’t have any information about where to buy (a common issue with small, local brands) but I’ve emailed the team and asked them to provide pricing and stockist info. I’ll update when I hear back.
I love this tray…
For more information about the products, here’s the English version of the website.
Image credit: Kamaro’an