Fernanda Trombino Figuereido de Assis grew up waiting for her father to return from his adventurous travels around Brazil, bearing countless artifacts and handicrafts from the most remote corners of the country. Her childhood was filled with tales of extraordinary lands and people, which only just satisfied her wanderlust and knack for adventure.
In the early 90s she decided to join the front lines and take over the family business, following in her father’s footsteps. She started roaming around Brazil herself, to meet indigenous communities, get to know them and their traditions, understand their culture and bring back countless varieties of crafts, which she has been selling at Xapuri, the family’s restaurant in Belo Horizonte, in the Brazilian state of Mina Gerais.
Through her collection, Fernanda aims at spreading the richness of Brazil’s indigenous cultures, its nature, and centuries-old craftsmanship to the rest of the world, while working sustainably and according to fair trade practices with the makers’ communities she meets. Her thirst for knowledge and love for Brazilian crafts will stop at nothing: some of the communities she has visited and bought crafts from through the years are a 45 days’ journey away from her shop!
Previously only available at Fernanda’s restaurant and shop in Belo Horizonte, Xapuri joins the Nopo for a limited pop-up collection celebrating the tradition of Brazilian Carnival. Head to their shop now to start collecting or find out more about Fernanda and her family in our Magazine.