I´m Carolina Navarro the creator and owner of Tatanka.
I grew up in Chile, South America, looking at the big Andes mountains everyday and digging my toes into the sand.
Always been interested in the Native American cultures and tribal beliefs. Tatanka means buffalo in Lakota language.
I found the call to become an artisan after leaving a normal and conservative life, and began to work with leather and beads after a lengthy travel around the world in the year 2015.
I didn't have someone to teach me the art of crafting, but I play around and I always believe in what my hands can do. But I do believe that the “craftsman DNA” was passed down to me from my grandfather whom I never met. He used to work with leather, making shoes and many other leather crafts.
Now i live in the place I choose to call home, you will find me in the heart of the garden route, South Africa, surrounded by forest, mountain and so much nature.
I feel so lucky to do what I love and that I can share every piece I make.
Everything starts as a dream and I make it a reality, so everyone can enjoy it and love it as I do!
This is me and Rocco
Hippie flowers bag
This bag is made out of leather offcuts, the idea behind this is use every single piece of material i have. Even the labels are made of this.
It takes time to assemble it but when i see the result, i know is worth it.
Crystal are a big part of my life, i always keep them close. I believe of the energy they give us and how they can help us to be a better person.
That way i love working with them so you you and i can use it with style
Who loves the sun?.... me! And i'm sure you too.
This lovely Sun pendants are handmade in brass. I found it a couple of years in my travels to Nepal and still can't get enough of them. The necklace is hand bead with stones and brass beads.
Why not to use earrings with crystals.
This babies are hand wrapped in brass wire and the clear quartz comes form my home country, Chile.. so it has all the energy from the andes mountains.
Cowrie Shell , according to African legend, if you are attracted to cowrie shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth. It also represents Goddess protection which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean.
I always try to create accessories i will like to wear...
But i'm always open to new ideas, please contact me if you want any custom design.