The Trade Roots Collection is the creation and vision of Jeffrey
Lewis, its founder and owner since 1970. Jeff has a personal commitment
towards preserving and revitalizing Native American trade and tradition
in the Southwest. Trade Roots has grown and flourished from that
same commitment. In the early years, Jeff spent much time in the
Lacandon Rain Forest, collecting molted
Macaw parrot feathers for use in Zuni and Hopi ceremonial costumes.
Jeff began traveling the world, securing supplies of exotic
shell and stone, at their source, so that Trade Roots was able
to consistently bring pearl shell
from the South Pacific, coral from the
from Chiapas, Mexico and the Baltic
sugilite, turquoise, variscite,
fossil ivory, labradorite,
azurite, and many
other exotic materials...all
to be used by Native Americans for
jewelry-making and fetish
providing the Native Americans of the Southwest with their raw
materials for over 38 years, Jeff is able to supply you with
these same materials... and more! Gems
and minerals in polished form, fetishes
carved from gem stone materials,
jewelry made with the finest and most exotic
natural domestic turquoise and Mediterranean
coral, and other collectible contemporary and antique Native
American arts from his collection.
Along with all of this, Jeff will tell you stories
from his experiences as a global trader.
Jeff has these same rare and exotic materials handmade into beads.
In designing his neckwear,
Jeff incorporates skill, knowledge and an intimate feeling, all
accumulated from decades of world travel, intense studies of history
and anthropology, as well as from his many, many years of living
and trading among the people of the southwest. Jeff's designs
and use of exotic materials are unique, inspired from ancient styles
and motifs. Each of his creations is one of a kind, and has a timeless
feeling that always brings joy to the wearer.