Tucurinca was founded in Colombia in 2014 by brothers Rafael Francisco Zúñiga Lacouture and Manuel J. Zúñiga Lacouture. The brothers are from Santa Marta, a city in the northern part of the country with a population of circa 600,000. Of this, about 27% are victims of armed conflict, 35% live in poverty, and 7% in extreme poverty.
With a deep connection to their handicraft tradition, the Colombian people have preserved the art of weaving through generations. Rafael and Manuel also grew up around this tradition: The iconic woven chair found in many rural South American villages was a fixture in their grandmother's home.
When the young founders noticed a growing interest in traditional design – especially on social media – they set out with the goal of reviving the Colombian weaving tradition, combining original techniques with the most innovative materials: PVC cording and materials like zuncho and cabuya, originally used on banana plantations, are now some of the main materials used for making Tucurinca furniture.
Tucurinca works with people who have been displaced from rural areas. Most have no previous knowledge of weaving, but like the Rafael and Manuel, also grew up around the tradition. Tucurinca is an inclusive project and is dedicated to investing in the artisans who work there by providing professional training and development opportunities in a safe environment.
What started with one weaver is now an international family business that employs about 60 artisans. All Tucurinca furniture is made at its headquarters in Santa Marta. The modern handmade pieces are made for both indoors and out.
Evoking a tropical breeze and South American lifestyle, Tucurinca furniture is created in Colombia by weavers. The company is dedicated to reviving the ancestral knowledge of the Colombian weaving tradition, combining original techniques with the most innovative materials. A true tribute to the Colombian people, Tucurinca was born out of love for the traditional handcrafted woven chairs typically found in small rural villages.