There is often little exchange between humans anymore when buying or selling a product, and we think that kinda sucks. We want to share the stories of the jewelry and other treasures we have discovered on our travels, but more importantly we want you to know that everything you find at Nomadic Ant was made and carried to you by the hands of people who care about quality and who genuinely love life, live to travel, and yearn for a world where people value honest to goodness small businesses.
We are those people. We find inspiration and truth in the markets of the world and the stories of people who make things. It is not just about fair trade, it is about direct trade. It isn’t only about shopping locally, but also about thinking globally. We appreciate the differences and think it is important to understand the implications of both.
We believe that if you can’t tell a story about things that you purchase, like who made it or where it came from, you are buying the wrong things. We have been roaming the planet for years, not because we want to sell stuff, but because we see the world as a living market and it is fascinating. It is a place where goods are made, bought, sold, and traded. People exchange goods and services, negotiate, bargain, haggle, and pay for things in countless currencies like they have for thousands of years.
In the modern world this is less and less the case. We want to hold fast to the traditions we love while also participating in an always evolving world. Our goal is not to simply sell things, but to share and encourage the stories and human element that is behind those things.
And we want to travel. And we want to encourage others to do the same. Not just snapping photos but getting into the cultures at a deeper level by participating in the daily life, rituals, cultural traditions and stories of the places you visit as often as possible.