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!

Holiday Teaser…!

More info soon on holiday sales in NYC….

For now, here are a few new festive Fábrica Social items that will be on sale.. Embroidery by Dzitnup, wool items by Teotitlán. 


Looking forward to seeing all of our local FS supporters again soon!

Fábrica Social is happy to announce that, as of October, a few special items can be acquired through the Membership Rewards program of American Express in Mexico

A percentage of these purchases will directly benefit the organization’s projects, so please spread the word to all family and friends in Mexico!

This season, you’ll find a market bag inspired by Dzitnup’s embroidery and a hand-woven scarf from Tzinacantán, Chiapas.  Beautiful new items will be available every few months, so check back in! 


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!

Los Angeles-based POKETO featured the collaboration between Japanese artist Miki Amano and Fabrica Social on their inspiring blog!

See the post on Poketo’s blog.


Poketo designs limited edition art products, accessories, apparel, and decor. Founded by Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, Poketo promotes the work of top international artists by showcasing original artwork through their fun and accessible wares. Poketo takes art off of gallery walls and makes them a part of everyday life.

Miki has collaborated with Poketo as a contributing artist in the past, including wallets such as the ones shown above (now out of print).  To see the her previous collaborations with Poketo, check out her artist page on their site here.  

Above, Miki prepares Fabrica Social’s first Tokyo exhibition (which she curated) in 2007.  For more work on Miki’s collaboration with Fabrica Social, see our November 13 post here

To stay updated on current Fabrica Social exhibitions, sales and collaborations in Japan, make sure to check in regularly with our Japanese site (maintained by Miki) at www.fabricasocialjp.wordpress.com

And just for old times’ sake, here’s a pic of Miki’s first trip to Mexico in 2005 while visiting old friend and Fabrica Social collaborator Nadia Williams:


To see more of Miki’s amazing illustrations and other creations, visit her site at www.mikiamano.com