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Fábrica social is a social enterprise comprised of a non-governmental organization that drives the creative, economic and social freedom of female indigenous artisans in mexico through their traditional trade as well as a brand that promotes the sale of their textile products under fair trade standards.

This blog serves as a summary of our work, with updates on upcoming events and achievements.  Visit our website for more information. 

Take a look around… We look forward to hearing from you!

On May 16th, Fábrica Social will celebrate the official opening of our new boutique within the Hotel Downtown Habita, in the heart of Mexico City.

Join us in celebrating our new space, where the designs of 148 artisan women from Chiapas, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Oaxaca and Yucatán will be exhibited and sold.

To RSVP, please contact info@fabricasocial.org.   We look forward to seeing you!

16 de mayo de 2012

7:00 pm 

Isabel la Católica No. 30, Local 14

Between 16 de septiembre and Madero

Centro Histórico

Destination: MEXICO

We at Fábrica Social are very proud to share the news that our products were selected to be included in the Destination MEXICO initiative at the MoMA Design Stores in NYC.

The beautiful embroidered earrings, bracelets and broaches made by the group Dzitnup can be found at both MoMA Design Store locations:

MoMA Design Store

44 West 53rd Street (Fifth & Sixth Avenues)

(212) 767-1050

and

81 Spring Street (Broadway & Crosby Street)

(646) 613-1367

 momastore.org 

 

Needless to say, the opening celebration was well attended, to say the least!

More info on this project can be found in this note in the NYTimes.

Fábrica Social is opening a new boutique in a beautiful space in the Centro Historico of Mexico City.

We hope to see you all soon!

   

Chamuchic is an innovative concept founded in 2010 by the textile designer Claudia Muñoz. The brand’s creator graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana and during her professional career she has collaborated on investigative projects regarding fashion trends for various companies such as Scappino and Cotton Incorporated. In 2007 she joined the Fashion Week Mexico team directing the fashion area.

“My contact with the superficial aspect of fashion made me look for a new direction in my professional career.”

This is how, in the middle of 2008,  she made the decision to begin a new adventure and travel to San Cristobal de las Casas to make this pueblo mágico her new home. Through the contact that Claudia has with artisans from various communities in los Altos de Chiapas, she created the brand Chamuchic which celebrates the beauty of the artisans creating a harmonious balance between the traditional and the contemporary.

“Artisans’ hands work with the back-strap loom and embroideries, they mold clay and draw ancient maya motifs with natural dyes. Chamuchic directs their creativity and skill  with knowledge from a market that is foreign to them, but one that they depend on for the survival of their ancient tradition.”

We invite you to check out the line of timeless accessories inspired by an urban lifestyle and made by artisanal techniques with natural materials. Chamuchic places a special emphasis on the task of rescuing and promoting traditional maya designs, renovating them through new products and color combinations. www.chamuchic.com

We’ll be waiting for you this Saturday, May 28th to walk for the sixth edition of Corredor Roma and visit Fábrica Social’s new showroom located at Cordoba 67, Apt. 7, Roma Norte.

Map for the 6th Edition of Corredor Roma Condesa

At Fábrica Social we are very happy to open the doors to our Showroom and share with you the new collection of pieces embroidered in the Yucatan on foot pedal sewing machines and the pieces from the Mixteca region of Oaxaca in los Altos de Chiapas made on the waist loom.

This day is very special for Fábrica Social, as well as for the 4 cooperatives with which we work because they will now have a fixed sales point in Mexico City. We invite you to celebrate with a cocktail on the house starting at 6:00 pm!

For more information contact us by phone at 5535.3431 or by email at info@fabricasocial.org

On Sunday May 15th, the Fábrica Social team visited the museum Cuartel del Arte de Pachuca in the state of Hidalgo. They were taken on a private tour through the collection “Popular Art from Hidalgo: Rituals, Uses and Creations” by Santiago Garfias Turok and Martha Turok. Santiago, who was responsible for the collection’s coordination and selection of pieces, took us by the hand on a marvelous trip through popular “hidalguense” art covering more than 400 pieces.

“The museum script is based on traditional uses of the pieces, that is to say, the principal reason they were made.” Santiago Garfías

The collection is divided and catalogued into 4 sections: Utilitarian, Ritual, Decorative and New Design.

One of the most interesting sections from this museum’s proposal is the display of raw materials, half-completed pieces, waist and pedal looms, tools for the extraction and production of semi-hard fiber objects, masks and wood pieces. Through these objects the visitor is able to understand  traditional production techniques and afterwards, he or she can admire and understand the craftsmanship of completed pieces.

The collection includes objects made from pottery, stonework and lapidary, vegetable fibers, wood, animal materials, metalwork, diverse materials (toys, masks, dance costumes, miniatures, pyrotechnics) and textiles.

For a virtual tour of this magnificent exhibition, visit this link: www.ledetour.com/arte_popular

To celebrate the opening of our new showroom in Mexico City,  we gave away hand-woven scarves (made by Tzotsil women from Ziacantan, Chiapas) to the first 5 people who sent an email explaining what they like about Fabrica Social’s projects.  

Below, a sample of some of the responses.

“Why wouldn’t I like Fábrica Social if they’re succeeding at conserving the artisan tradition of various groups of indigenous Mexicans, taking their products out of the local context and projecting them internationally? The work they are doing is as good as gold. They bring us closer to the magic of the artisans, women that have been practicing their traditions for generations, they value them, give them a space to exist, and they respect them. You guys transmit this look of admiration towards the exquisite tradition of weaving, embroidery, etc.

Fábrica Social is pumping oxygen in both directions: the producers and the consumers. Their project emanates love, respect and culture, something which is not easy to find these days. Their conscience and commitment is very evident, it’s always a welcome surprise to find businesses like that. Congratulations once again for the new showroom. Surely it’ll be a success. Cariños.”  ~Michaela González

“I feel that in Mexico there are many artisans that create absolutely beautiful things but for different situations, they can’t make their work known, or in many cases, people don’t truly appreciate what they’re doing, this is what I love about Fábrica Social, that they are committed to providing artisans with a source of work while adhering to Fair Trade so they receive what their work is truly worth.

Additionally, this is a way to really know about all the beautiful things that we have in Mexico, but above all, to know about these people and a big part of their culture.” ~Denisse Pérez

“What I like about Fábrica Social, besides the fact that the pieces they make are 100% Mexican, is the support they give to indigenous women and through their work, they express Mexican culture from different regions of the country, as well as a combination with the contemporary but without losing the essence of the piece.” ~Roberta Camargo

“Well, for me, I like Fábrica Social’s proposal because it’s about indigenous artisans with a modern life. Looking at this from two angles, you help to make sure that their work isn’t devalued, and as you guys have a “status” (something that I don’t agree with, but society functions with these stupid conventions), people don’t haggle, for example, if someone sees a piece made from an indigenous artisan in  Fusión, they don’t haggle and because of this, the artisans don’t have to demerit their work.

The other issue is that you make it possible that in our current and urban fashion, we continue using the oldest elements from our culture, assuring that our cultural heritage doesn’t die away; or that a group of people who continues believing that by maintaining their roots they can–grossly–feed themselves doesn’t either.” ~Areli Palacios

“…is made up of passionate and intelligent women who seek to empower female artisans so that they can develop a professional and successful project. At the same time, they provide the necessary tools so the women can increase their income and improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their community. They have developed a professional and responsible methodology that has detonated a sustainable and long-term economic development.

It is a pleasure to work with you and I hope that in addition to opening the showroom very soon, we can open our store.” ~Leticia Jauregui

Thanks to everyone for your continued support and interest!

Coming soon!  New hand-woven designs by Yohocuaha. 

In January, Jorge Pérez Boeneker (designer of the no-longer Fábrica Social store in Mexico City and FS logo) and Nadia Williams (FS collaborator) joined the group of Mixteca artisans in the beautiful Costa Chica of the state of Oaxaca to come up with ideas for a few new items to increase their sales for 2011. 

Though a short visit (moreso since the incredible back-strap loom technique seems to swallow time), there was enough time to solidify new home items, accessories and a new garment as well as to reflect on how much this group has accomplished over the past 5 years while collaborating with Fabrica Social.   

Agustina reflected on how she and her compañeras used to say they couldn’t make certain designs because they felt they weren’t capable.. But after learning new techniques over the past few years, they realize they were actually just scared, but that they can.

Nadia’s participation in the workshop is part 2 of a 3-part plan to continue the design development of collaborating artisan groups sponsored by Parsons the New School for Design‘s Faculty Research Fund.  Up next: Dzitnup!

Fabrica Social is proud to participate in the Bust Craftacular Holiday sale this year.

This Sunday, Dec 12:  10am-8pm

Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC (18th st at 6th ave), Booth 31

The Craftacular is always packed with amazing hand-made products. 

Stop by to catch the latest Fabrica Social designs, and stay to finish the rest of your holiday shopping at the other incredible booths! 

All items are one-of-a-kind, and this will be our only Holiday sale in the US. 

And since we’re taking a break from selling in US stores, you won’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity! 

Hope to see you there!

 

Look for us in the first aisle on the 18th street side!