Who are we?
Kulturë was founded by Esi and Charles, an Indonesian-French couple fond of travels and art. Both of them got to live in different countries (France, Gabon, Netherlands, Singapore for Charles, Indonesia and Philippines for Esi) and got immersed in foreign cultures from an early age. The pair got married in 2015 in Singapore and settled down in there, where Charles was already working full time in export sales.
After many trips to different parts of Indonesia such as Samosir, Bali, Lombok, Jogjakarta, Solo and Bandung, they decided to share their passion for this incredibly culturally rich country and region with the rest of the world though their online store and blog, where they tell the world about their quests for beautiful handcrafted products.
Us on a hunt for wood crafts (and chocolate) in Jogjakarta in 2015
At Kulturë, we strive to find unique, tastefully handcrafted home decor securely delivered to your doorstep at the click of a mouse.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
The perpetual discovery of new cultures, beautiful landscapes, objects and people is what drives us, humans, to travel relentlessly. The beauty of traveling resides in the fact that new experiences are endless. Arts, in particular, are one of the most diversified forms of culture in our world.
Indonesia, with its 15,000 islands and 34 provinces, offers an incredibly wide array of artistic objects and paintings, with different styles and techniques. Indonesian artistic crafts and paintings encompass designs dated from early animistic beliefs, ancestor devotion, Hindu or Buddhist influenced motifs brought by Indian merchants, Chinese or Islamic symbols and beliefs.
Wood carvings in particular can be found throughout the Indonesian archipelago, with the most famous being from Bali, Central Java, Madura, Sumatra and Papua. Each region developed very unique skills. This means each craft can be easily traced back to its region of origin at a glance.
Our ethical code
We take pride in helping local communities in Indonesia while sharing our passion with the rest of the world. We ensure fair trade principles with all our suppliers and refrain from selling products made from rare and protected woods.
Additionally, we commit to giving back to the community, as we believe sharing is caring: 5% of our annual profits will be donated to the Betesda Orphanage, which houses 35 children whose ages range from 2 to 18, taken care by five primary care givers and overseen by Bishop Zebua and the Yayasan Bahtera Misi in Batam.
Having already visited this orphanage in the past, we naturally thought of helping them out by contributing to these children’s well-being and education. Please check their Facebook page for more details. Trips to visit the kids are organized from Singapore every quarter or so!