Archive for April, 2011

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!

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