tumtum threads

Pacific Northwest Indigenous Art Products

Handmade Oaxaca weavings of artisan blankets, throws, pillows and tapestries using 'Namgis native designs.


Indigenous artist Bruce Alfred and daughter Molly Willie are from the 'Namgis First Nation in 'Yalis (Alert Bay).

Together they have started tumtum threads to help to keep traditional Indigenous art, design and production within their home and partner communities, building capacity for economic resilience. 

tumtum offers handwoven products created through the collaboration of First Nations families from the Kwakwaka’wakw in the Pacific Northwest of Canada, working in partnership with Zapotec (Bën za) families in the Central Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. 

tumtum products are designed AND manufactured by Indigenous peoples in their communities, at a time when the majority of Northwest indigenous designs are manufactured overseas in large scale factories... tumtum's goal is to change that, while bringing positive change to our communities. When you purchase tumtum threads designs you are supporting Indigenous art that is connected by two different nations.