Tine Withagen was the initiator and organizer of the Amsterdam Traditional Jewelry & Textiles Fair (ATJTF), which is held every year on the last Sunday of September in the church "de Duif", Prinsengracht 756, Amsterdam.
Over a period of 16 years, it has succeeded in expanding the fair to a monument for anyone interested in 'tribal jewelry and textiles'. All experts and lovers of beautiful beads, jewelry and valuable old textiles from Africa, Asia and Latin America find their way to “de Duif” annually, especially because of the inspiring way Tine organized this event.
Because the organization costs a lot of work and energy, Tine has decided to transfer the fair to Paul Spijker and Jan Aarnout Boer starting the 2016 fair.
Paul Spijker is well known in this world, he is also the owner of the Toguna store in Amersfoort, where, besides many traditional jewels, African art is being sold. Paul has been on the stand since the start of the ATJTF.
Jan Aarnout Boer is married with Pieternel de Hoogh, who is also a well-known holder of the fair. She attracts the attention of the visitors through ancient African beads and chains that are ridden with much love and artistic ingenuity.
Paul and Jan Aarnout take care of the exhibition since mid 2016. The edition of 2016 was very successful, so it was decided to enlarge the fair in 2017 into a two-day event.
In 2017 an other change has been introduced: the name of the fair. The current name is: The Tribal Jewelry and Textiles fair.