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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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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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