Sylvia Biro Price founded Talis in 2001 out of a deep wish to be an integral link in the process of elevating marginalized artisans out of poverty through their traditional handicrafts. Her dream to start an import business grew out of her travels through Southeast Asia, India and Nepal starting in 1990. Building on a lifelong involvemnet in Buddhist culture, she was immediately drawn to these tribal peoples' expression of art through jewellery and textiles.
She has been dedicated to preserving the indigenous art forms of Thailand and Cambodia by bridging traditional techniques with western aesthetics and establishing inroads to the larger western marketplace ever since. Sylvia has been following fair trade principles in her business practices since she began Talis and, as of January, 2018, her company officially grew the ranks of Fair Trade Federation Members.
Talis offers outstanding tribal sterling silver jewellery handcrafted by the Karen Hill Tribe people of Northern Thailand as well as beautiful and vibrant silk accessories handwoven in Cambodia in fair-trade cooperatives. Following the motto "Fair trade for the people - fair trade for the planet" Talis also carries a whole range of accessories made of up-cycled cement and rice bags as well as reclaimed offcuts of mosquito and fish netting.
The end products (shoulder and messenger bags, wallets, cosmetic cases, etc) are not only elegant, en vogue, lightweight and sustainably produced, but they also allow artisans to support themselves and their families with independence and dignity.