Project - Mexico - Fair Trade - Colourful Textiles - Mexican Crafts

Mexican couple on colourful traditional clothing
For thousands of years Mexicans have created colorful textiles, which originally identified the maker’s village or ethnic group.

We are working with communities of artisans in the states of Hilalgo, Oaxaca and Nayarit.

The Otomi Indians are located in the States of Hidalgo, Mexico, Puebla and Querétaro, concentrating in the center of Mexico in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains. They are mainly women from the Otomí-Tepehua region who specialize in embroidering the "Tenangos". Tenango is a style of hand embroidery that is whimsical and magical capturing their dreams and the animal, plant and bird kingdoms in multi colored threads. They have gained worldwide recognition.We are working directly with the community supporting this very special group of artisans. Each textile can take up to weeks and months to make.

Oaxaca is the home to over 50% of Mexico’s Indigenous speaking population, it has desert, rain-forest, alpine forest and coast and there are 16 different indigenous language groups in Oaxaca, the largest of which are Zapotec, Mixtec and Mazateco.

The community of women of San Luis Amatlán, State of Oaxaca, have been palm weaving for generations. Their dreams, songs, and mixtec motives are woven into the creation of these versatile palm baskets. They have harnessed the skill of basket weaving through the generations. The palm is collected dried and then dyed. They are a small collective of 15 women who divide into small teams to travel to Oaxaca to sell their baskets.

The Huichol or Wixáritari are Native Americans, living in the Sierra Madre Occidental range in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Durango. The yarn paintings are mystical and deeply magical based on ritual arts they reflect the visions of the Huichol and the work is not only an aesthetic or commercial art form. The symbols in these paintings come from Huichol culture and its shamanistic traditions. The work on a base of bees wax and pine resin in which threads of multi colored yarn are used.

Huichols retain the traditional beliefs and are resistant to change. It is with deep respect and honor that we are working with a traditional Huitcol artist helping to support his family and community and to the survival of this ancient sacred culture.

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