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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!

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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!

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In January of 2010, Nadia traveled to Yohocuaha to conduct the first of a series of workshops dedicated to developing designs that address the needs of our international market—which means new exciting designs for Fall & Winter seasons coming soon!


Here’s a sneak peek of a new item created in collaboration with Feliza:


The highlight of this trip was collaborating with local artisan Olegario (introduced to the group by Dulce during her last visit to Yohocuaha) who lives and works in a neighboring community.  His jicara -carving technique is impeccable, and he was more than happy to collaborate on a few accents for Yohocuaha’s new collection. 


As impressive as his technique is his loving collaboration with his wife Mari, who conducts the sales of their business.   It was inspiring to learn about Olegario’s dedication to sharing his knowledge with his Mixteca community and improving their well-being.  

We’re looking forward to sharing more about Yohocuaha’s new items soon!

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On October 10,2009 high school students from NYC were given the chance to learn about Fabrica Social’s work through a talk given by Nadia Williams (Fabrica Social collaborator and Parsons Pre-College Scholarship Coordinator). 

 As this group of students is preparing to be the next generation of influential designers and artists, we discussed issues such as the value of traditional artisan techniques, meaningful and responsible collaborations and the impact we all have on the world as designers.  
 Above, Brihanna examines the embroidery on a Dzitnup belt while Rosalina and Grace read a label explaining how Fabrica Social products are made. 

To learn more about Parsons’ Pre-College Scholarship, visit http://parsonsscholars.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-post_10.html

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Chicago meets Fabrica Social!

On June 20th, 2oo9, the US supporters of Semillas (Mexico City-based nonprofit women’s fund) organized a benefit event to support Semillas’ support of artisan groups.  Semillas has been a key supporter of Fabrica Social projects from the start, so it was great to meet their counterparts in the US (all very inspiring women). 

At this event, we organized a sale of the artisans’ designs, which were a big success with the events’ atendees!  Josefina Jimenez, Teotitlan del Valle artisan/designer, was in attendance to share her experiences as a collaborating artisan along with the support of Marcela Salazar of Semillas and Fabrica Social’s Nadia Williams.

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Thank you to everyone that lent a hand to make this event happen!

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Fabrica Social in Tokyo!

Fabrica Social’s second round of exhibitions/sales in Tokyo was a success… again!  Special thanks to organizer and curator (and talented illustrator) Miki Amano and Art Print Gallery.  For pics and more info on the show, which ran from July 24 through Aug 22 check-out our Japanese blog:  (www.fabricasocialjp.wordpress.com)




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