Producer Partners

Meet our Producer Partners

We are so thankful and proud of the many talents our producer partners; we can not be any happier to work and collaborate with them. Our business model has a priority to help and support the artists and create viable ways to support their art to ultimately benefit them and their families. They all are hard working people, very talented and above everything with great hearts.

When you order from us, you are supporting our work and the producer’s work by keeping them busy yearlong.

Our mission: “To work with small producers, hand by hand, by creating sources of work to help them sustain a better standard of living while preserving their rich and authentic culture. We treat every individual (producers, employee, clients) with respect, working together to achieve a common goal. To keep up with current trends to identify new niche markets. To offer more in return to communities in need, especially the children, our near future and for the generations yet to come.”

Each one of our producers share the passion that they inherited from their ancestors, that is the “Mayan Culture and Traditions”.

From Chiapas, Mexico.-

 

Fair Trade Producer Partners.

Fair Trade

Producer Partners.

Handmade products for your retail store.

Handmade products

for your retail store.

Producer Partners bring authentic creations for your store.

Producer Partners bring authentic

creations for your store.

Mayan Textiles

Maya textiles are the clothing and other textile arts of the Maya peoples, women have traditionally created textiles in Maya society, and textiles were a significant form of ancient Maya art and religious beliefs.

The most prevalent and influential aspect of women’s clothing in ancient times is the huipil, which is still prominent in Guatemalan and Mexican culture today. The huipil is a loose rectangular garment with a hole in the middle for the head made from lightweight sheer cotton. The huipil is usually white with colorful cross-stripping and zigzag designs woven into the cloth using the brocade technique still commonly used today. The huipil could be worn loose or tucked into a skirt; this depends on the varying lengths of the huipilHuipils were important displaying one’s religion and tribal affiliation. Different communities tended to have different designs, colors, lengths as well as particular huipils for ceremonial purposes. It was uncommon and often disgraceful to wear a huipil design from another community within one’s village; although, it was a sign of respect to wear a community’s huipil when visiting another village. Although, women were not just limited to their community’s design. Instead the design offered an outline for what women were required to have and within the community design women were allowed creativity to make theirs different from others often to express praise to different kiuggkes animals around the collar.

Elaborated Mayan Textiles
Elaborated Mayan Textiles

 The Huipil

 A beautiful piece of art made by our producer partners.

 Women’s clothing in ancient times is the huipil,

 which is still prominent in Guatemalan and Mexican culture today.

Sustainability

Miguel and his family make one of a kind handcrafts: Wool stuffed animals, Embroidered table runners, woven belts and bracelets

Miguel and his family sell their crafts to make a living. They are a happy family feeling proud of what they do, they keep and share their heritage, art, and traditions to the world. With Fair Trade, they can feed their children and give them an education to brake the chain of poverty.

Miguel and her family of 12 are from an indigenous community in Chiapas. They speak Tzotzil, wear traditional dress, and have unique customs. Martha is only 21-years-old and is the oldest daughter and most fluent Spanish-speaker, and therefore a leader within the family. She and the rest of family handcrafted toys made from wool that they sheer from their own sheep.

Miguel and his family were born and raised in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

Chiapas is the southern most state in all of Mexico, bordering Guatemala, land of the most skillful Mayan weavers who combine modern and ancestral techniques.

Chiapas’ most important handcraft is textiles, most of which is cloth weaved on a backstrap loom. Indigenous girls often learn how to sew and embroider before they learn how to speak Spanish. They are also taught how to make natural dyes from insects, and weaving techniques. Many of the items produced are still for day-to-day use, often dyed in bright colors with intricate embroidery. They include skirts, belts, rebozos, blouses, huipils and shoulder wraps called chals. Designs are in red, yellow, turquoise blue, purple, pink, green and various pastels and decorated with designs such as flowers, butterflies, and birds, all based on local flora and fauna. Commercially, indigenous textiles are most often found in San Cristóbal de las Casas, San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán.

Sustainable creations. Handmade
Sustainable creations. Handmade

 Embroidery Table

 Runners from Chiapas.

Process

In woven textiles, the first step is preparing fiber, which can come from plants, such as cotton or maguey, or animals, such as wool from sheep. The loose fibers are spun into threads by hand, with spindles, a long stick-like device for holding the thread, and whorls, a weight held on the spindle to increase its motion.

In the pre-Columbian era, Mayan women exclusively wove with backstrap looms, that use sticks and straps worn around one’s waist to create tension. After European contact,treadle looms were introduced, although backstrap looms continue to be popular. Bone picks were used before contact and were unique in that they had different designs for most families and were usually passed on from generation to generation with the elite having the most expensive and beautiful.

Producers use ancestral techniques.
Producers using ancestral techniques.

 Our producer partners use ancestral techniques.

 Their work is a unique piece of art.

We collaborate with other organizations too! If you are a producer partner interested to work with us, contact us to divasfairtrade[at]gmail.com