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Meet our artisans
We collaborate with artisans to promote our heritage through handmade creations with an exotic touch of elegance and avant-garde design.
WEAVING THE PAST INTO THE FUTURE
Since its creation in 2014, Casa Textil has grown to employ over 130 artisans from 14 communities in the highlands of Chiapas. The artisans are mostly women who work from their homes, taking approximately three days to carefully craft each piece. Casa Textil is supported by a team of 21 people, who run their shop and workshop in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.
What we offer you today is only a small selection of the wide variety of hand woven and hand embroidered products they create in collaboration with a talented team of women artisans. Each product has a fascinating story to tell; each piece blends traditional weaving and embroidery techniques on pedal and backstrap looms with the needs and preferences of the modern world.
Amanoarte, like Moontlali, is born from the illusion of sowing equality between women, creating a bridge between indigenous women and urban women. Thus, made a special connection with the indigenous women of the nearby communities of the area where their founder lives.
From its base in the mountains of Tepoztlán in the state of Morelos, Amanoarte merges yesterday with the now in each of its embroideries and clothing, always supporting the indigenous woman of Mexico, being a bridge for anyone who wants to start a job with its artisans inside and outside of Mexico.
Currently, collaborates with 28 artisan communities and 12 ethnic groups located throughout the states of Jalisco, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Puebla, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Quintana Roo. The artisans work from their homes, mainly, the techniques of embroidery stuffed and counted embroidery and take approximately 4 to 45 days to carefully prepare each piece. The selection made are very authentic and comfortable pieces of some of these communities, but above all, garments with that touch of avant-garde design that characterizes us.
Nowadays, Imelda Vásquez is a recognized woman in Mexico and around the world because her amazing talent, obtained many years ago, doing the famous “Tenango embroidery”. She shapes this kind of embroideries on different women and men garments and accessories.
Tenango is a very authentic embroidery style from the community of San Nicolás located in Tenango de Doria municipality in the state of Hidalgo, México.
Its process includes 3 different stages. The first one is made by the person known as the “draftsman”, who draws the figures on the fabric (rough-cotton originally). The predominant figures will be always birds, deer, rabbits, dogs, fish, flowers and kids of the region.
Second stage, is made by the “embroidery artisan” who is in charge of embroidering all the figures the draftsman traced during the first stage. The embroidery can be made by one person or some others from the same family. Originally, all the figures were embroidered in different colors, nevertheless, artisans also make pieces on solid colors for their customers.
Finally, third stage is made by the person known as “assembler” and is who set Tenango embroideries on the garment or desired piece.
Imelda Vásquez participated in the Guinness record of the biggest Tenango embroidery in the history of Mexico. Currently, she collaborates with several fashion brands, among them, Moontlali; by which people from the north part of Mexico and southwest of the USA can know some of her beautiful pieces.
MODERN TEXTILE DESIGN
Folklora was born in 2016 with the objective of developing positive changes in the lives of those who every day collaborate for the preservation of the Mexican indigenous textile legacy.
We started collaborating with Gabriela Borja in 2020, Folklora designer, because we do believe in the creation of high quality and authentic pieces which fuse artisan generations knowledge with avant-garde designs, making a difference in women and men dressing style.
Today, Folklora collaborates with more than 120 artisans from 12 communities in the highlands of Chiapas. Also, is supported by a team of 18 people, who run their shop and workshop in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.
Backstrap Loom is the technique used by the master artisans who collaborate with the brand by which they preserve their communities’ identity but at the same time by which they and Folklora reinterpret it creating an authentic style, including the best part of every story and memory.
PÉREZ GONZÁLEZ FAMILY
BACKSTRAP LOOM TECHNIQUE
The passion and dedication to the Backtrap Loom of these 5 sisters who integrate Pérez González family, originally and residents of Zinacantán community, Chiapas, began more than 20 years ago when Mrs. María González Pérez transmitted and taught her daughters the beautiful textile technique, which she also learned from her family at the age of 15 years old. And a fourth generation is already learning the technique in order to don’t lose this valuable textile technique.
Currently, they have their own workshop and store where they produce daily different for men’s and women’s garments and accessories, and home accessories. They receive throughout the year, tourists from several states of the country and parts of the world, to whom they open their workshop and home doors to transmit the history of the authentic Backstrap Loom technique that has been transmitted from generation to generation, preserving cultural heritage of Mexico.
In 2019, Moontlali meets some of the members of Pérez González family, being Margarita, the leader of this lovely work team and it is from that moment that an empathy began between both parties and they started collaborative work and learning, having Moontlali as its sole objective: to serve as a showcase for the promotion of the artisan work of this family in markets and media that it would be difficult for them to get by themselves at this moment.
The meaning that each person gives to the pieces designed by Vanessa Morales is the greater motivation that she has to keep innovating and creating unique and unrepeatable pieces in the south part of Mexico.
As a designer expert, Vanessa decided to start her own fine jewelry business in 2011 in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas located in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Her source of inspiration is to see the pieces she designs with love wear them in the women and men who decide to use them for a special event or simply as a complement for their daily outfit.
In 2017, Moontlali met Vanessa in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas and felt in love with several of her seasonal pieces because she dignifies in each of her designs many elements of nature, such as flowers, leaves, mammals and insects, which are natives and emblematic of that beautiful state of the Mexican Republic. Among them, we find the Jaguar and the Lion, mammals that are usually present in Vanessa's different collections and embodied in bracelets, chains and rings with a metal composition with gold and silver-plated and natural stones.
But it is in 2020, when Moontlali and Vanessa Morales began a beautiful collaboration with the main objective of joining efforts for increasing promotion, mainly in the north part of the country and southwestern of United States, of the talent of Mexican women designers from the south of the country, of the fine jewelry handmade techniques, but principally, of the cultural and artistic heritage that surrounds Mexico and in general Latin America.
Vanessa has her own studio where she designs her men and women collections and also she has her own social media (VM Jewelry) where she posts her creations and new arrivals.
JEWELRY THAT ENCAPSULATES NATURE
The strong economic need of a family headed by Mrs. Georgina Arroyo (YOYA), who now rests in peace, made her start playing assembling necklaces with various encapsulations that she had, since she learned this technique from her father Don Enrique Arroyo, who had an advertising workshop in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico.
The Casa del Artesano de Tlaquepaque giver her the first opportunity to sell her creations outside the Tlaquepaque, Jalisco City Hall on February 14th of 2010.
After 13 years of YOYA Jewelry creation, this small business is made up of 8 women, 7 involve in production, who work with elderflowers and traditional seeds of Mexico and some others from Latin America, and "1" in the gallery located in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco.
The mission of this family and team is to constantly search for innovative designs that integrate the beauty of nature with fashion but generating at the same time new trends in the jewelry world.
At the end of 2022, when we knew the beautiful work of these women, we met with the family and then we decided to collaborate together and promote their art in Mexico Northwest region, contributing to the family’s economy of these struggling artisans that create this beautiful jewelry.
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