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Meet Nicole, Part 3: Tantakuna

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Meet Nicole, Part 3: Tantakuna

I hadn't been to Bolivia since graduating college in 2013. I was a year into living in Columbus and was unfortunately laid off from my job in 2018. That is when my childhood friend contacted me to invite me to his wedding. I agreed to go since I hadn't seen my family in more than 5 years. Little did I know that this trip would lead to a life-changing experience. I always knew I wanted to help women in Bolivia learn new skills and give them jobs in order to avoid them having to work in areas where human trafficking...

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Meet Nicole, Part 2: Travels and Textiles

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Meet Nicole, Part 2: Travels and Textiles

I have always had the desire to work with textiles, which is why I decided to study apparel merchandising at Auburn University.  Combine this with the nomadic nature of my family, and you can see why I am drawn to the kind of artisan textiles that come from indigenous communities. Travel has always been a significant part of my life. I've been to France, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, United States, Canada, Mexico, and Argentina. Out of these, my favorites are Buenos Aires, Argentina and Brisbane, Australia. While that list is already rather extensive, there are still placed that I'd like...

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Meet Nicole, Part 1: Family Ties

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Meet Nicole, Part 1: Family Ties

Hi, my name is Nicole Saavedra, the owner/operator of Tantakuna, and descendant of many different cultures. My family is from all over the place, literally, so I guess you can say being a bit of a nomad is in my blood. I was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and moved to Charlotte, NC in 2001. I went to college in Auburn, AL then did two internships: one in Bolivia, and another in New York City. I now live in Columbus, OH. I grew up speaking Spanish, English, and Portuguese. I had to take a language in high school, so I took French,...

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Coming Soon!

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Coming Soon!

Please excuse us while we work on new posts. In the meantime, please enjoy the site. 

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