Traditions is a place to discover folk art products from cultures around the world, made available through fair and equitable trade relationships with low-income artisans and farmers from more than fifty countries.
Traditions is also a cafe and center for concerts, workshops and public forums; a gathering place for a community of interesting and involved people.
This site is about community - from our friends here in Olympia to the wider community of the world. Here you'll find useful information, stories and connections to others. We welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas and your presence. We encourage you to come gather with us for conversation, music and good food.
We have new beautiful crafts from Oaxaca, Mexico. We feature the intricate and colorful Zapotec weavings from Santa Ana del Valle (the story of their weaving is in the audio slide show below) as well as the carved, brightly painted Alebriges (wooden creatures) from another village, and a variety of other crafts. My daughters, Xela and Zannah, returned to these villages in October and November to deepen the relationships and continue to support the equitable trade partnerships with these traditional artisans. Come see us in Olympia or at the Antique Sandwich Co. in Tacoma. You can also order online from the display of these weavings shown on numerous pages of Xela and Zannah’s XYZ COOPERATIVE website.
(Video by Zannah and Xela Herridge-Meyer).
Find out where some of our clothes and accessories came from in our interactive “Where in the world did it come from?” pages. Click on the images below to learn interesting facts about a number of fair traded items.
Traditions, as Traditions Fair Trade, started at the Antique Sandwich Company. in Tacoma, Washington. in October of 1993. The Antique Sandwich Company has been operating since 1974 as a place for tasty and healthy breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, entrees, and desserts as well as a spot for the South Puget Sound community for folk and classical concerts, open mikes, plays, and social benefits. Tamie and Shirley Herridge started small and grew over the years and they continue to serve the first and next generation of Antique regulars. I had been a working part of that partnership for two decades until devoting my time to the Olympia store and cafe. However, you can still find a section of Traditions crafts at the Antique Sandwich Co., so visit there as well - if not for the crafts then for the best milkshakes you might ever have. (Antique Sandwich Company, 5102 No. Pearl, Tacoma, Wa. 98407 (253) 752-4069, near the entrance to Pt. Defiance Park and the Vashon Ferry landing) -Dick Meyer
Contact Dick by email at Dick@TraditionsFairTrade.com.