a short film about our work

Watch the video below to learn more about the mission and vision of ETKIE!

OUR STORY

How We Got Started

The word Etkie translates to mean “impact” in Turkish. In 2013, Sydney worked with a women’s cooperative in Istanbul assisting artisans in creating a platform for their handmade jewelry. The intent was to elevate their profit from meager sales to a reliable living wage. Returning to New Mexico, she launched ETKIE with the same passion to create an ethical company that could provide Native American beaders with a platform to create contemporary designs using the artistic traditions passed down from generations.

Our Team

The artisan’s skill set is crafting incredible heirloom quality products and our operations team works dilligently to merchandise, co-design and access high-end markets. By working together, we have created a business that benefits everyone involved in the process.

Global Brand

In the spirit of true collaboration, our unique approach to traditional craftsmanship and modern design has developed into a global brand. ETKIE is sold in over 90+ retailers in seven countries and we have created custom collections for some of the world’s best museums. 

Ethically Made with Love

The team of artists earn living wages, impacting the choices they can make for themselves and their families. The artists live on the Navajo Nation where the roads to work are long and the jobs are nonexistent. Many of them elect to work from home on the land and in the community where their roots are deeply planted.

Handcrafted with our heart and soul, with no two pieces exactly the same, we hope you enjoy wearing your ETKIE piece.