Nomadic Citizen is an ethically produced brand born out of a love for travel, indigenous cultures, textiles, handmade goods, and doing good.
Built on ethical and fair trade principles, we seek out and collaborate with talented artisans in faraway and hard to reach places to create curated collections of beautiful, handmade textiles and accessories for you and your home. Created using traditional techniques, our products reflect the culture they come from, empower the artisans who make them, and preserve the techniques they're made of.
With a strong belief that we should surround ourselves with items of meaning, quality, and reflective of our journey, Nomadic Citizen provides a unique alternative for those who are filled with wanderlust and an appreciation of culturally diverse and sustainably made goods. Our products honour the culture and traditions they're made in while embracing a modern aesthetic.
We invite you to wander through our products immerse yourself in their stories, and make them a part of your own.
How We Work
We collaborate directly with individual artisans, family-run workshops, and artisan studios, or by partnering with NGO supported artisan cooperatives and workshops. By partnering with NGO supported artisan cooperatives and workshops we are able to connect with artisans in remote and rural areas we might otherwise not be able to reach. The NGO's we work with share our values and, above and beyond supporting artisan development and craft preservation, further add value to the community they work in by providing training, benefits, and educational opportunities to the artisans. All of the artisans we work with work in safe communal environments - allowing them to socialize and learn from others while they work and many have the option to work from home ensuring they can also take care of family obligations. On average, the artisans we work with earn 2-5x the local income.
Choosing to work with small groups was an intentional decision from the very beginning. We intentionally seek out and work directly with small artisan groups and traditional craftspeople because, due to their limited production size, they are often overlooked and as a result, we feel, in greater need of support.
This is not without its challenges - it can be difficult to discover these groups as they're often in rural areas without the convenience of readily available and consistent communication (and therefore have no internet presence); communication can often be difficult and unreliable; larger orders (small in comparison to big brands) take longer. However, there are also the rewards: we feel we're really able to get to know and develop a relationship with the groups we work with, we feel we're able to better ensure fair wages are being paid to all of our artisans and that their working environment and conditions are safe. We believe this approach helps to contribute - in a small but real and tangible way - to a more prosperous, economical, sustainable future for the artisans we work with.
We are proud to work with six small artisan groups, families, and communities in three countries.
Born and raised in Toronto, Kisha grew up with a sincere interest in different cultures and an intense case of wanderlust. After receiving her post secondary education in Public Relations, and spending a few years working in the entertainment industry, in 2011 Kisha decided to shift gears and do something she'd always dreamed of doing. Fuelled by a desire to explore and do something meaningful, Kisha headed to New Delhi, India to volunteer for 10 months. It was there a love of handmade textiles and traditional crafting techniques blossomed.
With the desire to do work that made a difference combined with passions and interests old and new, the idea for what would become Nomadic Citizen began to slowly take shape and was finally launched in December 2016. Kisha lives in her hometown of Toronto and considers herself an imperfect perfectionist and fearful dream chaser kept sane by an 8lb bichon frise/toy poodle named Howard. An indulger of bad reality TV with a perpetual craving for noodles, she continues to work in Communications by day but remains textile-obsessed, and day dreaming of faraway places, at all other times.
Behind-the-scenes photos of the making of our Bolga I Collection as well as all photos of the Yen Pang Basket Weavers we work with in Ghana were taken by Jasmin Sander. You can see more of Jasmin's work on her Instagram.