In the indigenous South American language of Quechua, Minga means “communal work day”. When people form a Minga, they come together and work toward a common goal that benefits those involved.

Artisans

Our artisans are the backbone of our business. Read their stories and see their work.

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Eco Responsibility

We really love the earth and try to be as resourceful as possible.

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Sustainable Materials

Our artisans work with renewable and sustainable materials whenever possible.

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Summer 2015 Catalog

Our newest catalog is out! Click here to view a digital copy. If you are a current customer and haven’t received a physical copy, please let us know at info@mingaimports.com.

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Did you know?

  • There are at least 82 different indigenous language groups in South America.

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  • The Incan Empire is believed to have encompassed about 1/3 of South America’s population.

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  • Amazonians invented clay pottery around 4000 BC. Before any other South American cultures.

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  • The stick loom which is still used in many places today, was invented in the Andes region of South America between 4 and 5 thousand years ago.

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  • In South America, families may start training children traditional weaving skills as early as 3 years of age.

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  • The modern-day poncho is an adaptation of the traditional Inca tuni.

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  • Llama fiber is warm like sheep’s wool but is lighter in weight and does not shrink.

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  • The majority of weavers in Ecuador are men.

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  • It may take a weaver up to three months to knot the fringes of a traditional paño shawl.

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  • The Incas so highly valued fine textiles, that when conducting a census, they rated them more highly than precious metals, gemstones, ceramics, or food.

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Minga Fair Trade Imports

Minga Fair Trade Imports is a Fair Trade wholesaler that works closely with South American artisans and producers to bring high quality goods to retailers all over the United States.

We seek to improve the economic lives of small producers in the southern hemisphere, create Fair Trade relationships with retail advocates in North America, and promote education for all. In the native South American language of Quechua, Minga means a community working together to benefit the whole.