Welcome to Dekko Trading! We are headquartered in Chattanooga, TN. All our products are designed and manufactured in India. Our hand-crafted products are made by Indian artisans, and our style reflects a conversation between cultures. We strive for a fine balance of East and West, vintage and contemporary, beauty and practicality.
"None of our women have had previous employment. Many are young women preparing for their marriage in their early twenties trying to help their families pay for their wedding and dowries. Some are mothers of young ones who are trying to contribute to the needs of the home and family through their skill set."
It all started when a couple from America, Shane and Alicia, decided to hop a plane and ‘take a look’ at India in 2006. Inspired by India’s vibrant life and rich history, they immediately saw the business potential in this emerging country. They met gifted artisans, deeply rooted in their age-old craft traditions, who lacked the channels to engage the global market. They also met courageous women who wanted to help provide for their families but didn’t know what to do or where to start.
Shane and Alicia saw how East and West could work together for everybody’s benefit. So they quit their jobs, sold the farm (so to speak!), and packed up for India. They helped start Dekko Trading Company and currently work with a multi-national team, giving work to over 30 Indian artisans, who in turn train and raise up others. They are thrilled to be a part of empowering artisans and bringing sustainable livelihoods to developing communities. Each day is an adventure for them, with surprises around every corner of India!
In April 2010 Steve and his wife, acquaintances of Shane and Alicia, traveled to India for the first time. Experiencing firsthand life in India was both overwhelming and inspiring. You can tell by the picture it was a hard trip. The excitement of becoming involved in a business like this continued to grow over the next 18 months. This came together with the launch of Dekko Trading in January 2013.
With over 20 years of business experience, Steve is the person responsible for Dekko Trading on the United States side. He manages the “exciting” stuff, overseeing importing, warehousing, marketing, and sales and distribution. All this while maintaining the desire to balance profitability with a commitment to improve the lives of those who work with us.