The extensive system of rivers and streams in the Amazon has traditionally served as the transportation network for rainforest communities. You will notice the importance of fluvial travel through the aesthetic and functional aspects of Kallari river paddles. Each hand-carved paddle exemplifies the wonderful craftsmanship of Kichwa artisans.

The paddles are fashioned from the extra limbs of trees which were harvested years ago. The paddles are available from small sizes for table decorations up to a full size model for adults. Each one is beautiful enough to serve for interior design and useful enough for the next family canoe outing.

Shown Above - Mahogany

When struck with a family emergency, the market for these beautiful wooden products encourages farmers to sell high quality crafts through the cooperative instead of cut additional trees to sell at a low price. It may take a minimum of two days to make a paddle, but it requires little wood and encourages the farmers to save their trees for future craft production. Currently, if a farmer decides to cut a tree and sell its wood to intermediaries, they may only earn $6 for a large beam, totaling up to $200 per tree. By making crafts for sale through the Kallari cooperative from the excess stumps and limbs from other trees, they can earn much more than by cutting down a live tree.

Paddles are available in your choice of a dark-colored hardwood (Red Cedar or Mahogany) or a light-colored hardwood (Yellow Cedar).

Fair Trade wholesale prices are shown below
Due to the uniqueness of each item we sell, some prices might be slightly higher or lower than shown below.
Dark or Light Wood
(Mahogany, Red Cedar or Yellow Ceder)
Size Length Price Product Number
Mini 20 cm or less $2.00 #1049
Small 21-40 cm $4.00 #1050
Kid Size 70-90 cm $20.00 #1051
Adult Size 100-150 cm $50.00 #1052

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Tele: (011-593-2) 223 - 6009

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