MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE CREATIONS
Cerámica San Germán
A family business with proud Jaliscan roots, Cerámica San Germán was founded in 1983 by Jaime and Julieta Bravo, who followed in the footsteps of generations of master potters who developed the characteristic Tonalá style of pottery, featuring blue and earthy tones and animal illustrations.
Today, Julieta and Jaime are joined by their children and their spouses, who moved the workshop closer to Mexico City and incorporated elements of modern design, bringing the business firmly into the 21st century.
Interior designers Maria and Juan started Maiamé to help preserve Mexican artisanal crafts, breathing new life into remote communities that have been developing handicrafts for generations but have had little access to foreign markets.
The couple works closely with the artisans to design, prototype, and produce modern pieces with character, featuring interesting textures and a level of detail that can only be achieved with painstakingly precise manual work.
When Livia Dubraska Portillo decided to start her eco-leather business Ohja in Guanajuato, the capital of leather and shoes in Mexico, no one thought it would last. Yet today Ohja works with artisans in the state of León developing slow-fashion bags made of Mexican vegan leather in a cruelty-free environment.
Matching detail-oriented minimal design with a deep love for nature, Ohja is redefining traditional fashion in unique, timeless pieces that generate a positive impact on our planet.
Founded by Chiapan fashion designer Claire Coello in 2010, Casilda Mut is a Mexican fashion brand promoting the creative and social development of artisan women from the Highlands of Chiapas, through the production of original garments reinterpreting traditional Chiapan fashion.
Today, Casilda Mut works with 70 women artisans from 7 different communities in Los Altos de Chiapas, supporting their professional and personal development, fostering respect and appreciation for traditional crafts, and constantly seeking new opportunities to improve their makers’ living conditions and income levels.
30-year old interior designer Karla de la Cerda always had a passion for textile design, and a happy Christmas accident brought her to start her brand, Maca Textiles. She made the first blanket as a present for a friend, and was soon commissioned more.
Started as a personal passion project, Maca Textiles has grown thanks to the masterful work of artisans based in Tlaxcala, and Karla’s passion for their creativity and her entrepreneurial spirit.
Ana and her mother began their artistic journey over a decade ago when they discovered their shared love for ceramics. They started Anna Lebrija to produce kitchenware collections using traditional craftsmanship as well as modern techniques, making each piece timelessly beautiful.
Today, Ana and her mother keep creating in the hope that their pieces be used to take time to breathe and be present, enjoy a cup of coffee and forge meaningful connections with loved ones.
Sisters Maria Andrea and Viviane set up Albana to promote the development of a social, environmental, and cultural consciousness in their native Mexico.
Their shared love for interior design means they focus on home decor, developing a range of products such as lighting, carpets, ceramics, and accessories in collaboration with master artisans from the states of Jalisco, Michoacan, Estado de Mexico, and Querétaro.
Tramarte was born from the friendship of Brenda and Anna, who met during their Textile Design degree and immediately clicked on their shared vision for a brand that would promote traditional weaving techniques like the pedal loom on the production of slick designs for modern homes.
Today they work with artisans in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, to bring you meaningful products that encourage conscious consumption and tell fascinating stories of ancient traditions.
Mariana Aguila Alonso founded Petate with a clear goal in mind: to revive the ancient craft of natural fiber weaving and incentivize local artisans to keep the tradition alive by helping them generate income and exposing them to wider markets.
Petate comes from the Nahuatl word "petlatl", a rectangular mat of vegetable fibers, commonly made to sleep on. Petate reinterprets this tradition by blending contemporary design with ancestral techniques developing products for the home, like lampshades, baskets, and small furniture.
Rafful Estudio is a Mexican brand founded by product and interior designer Sonia Rafful. After studying industrial design, Sonia discovered her love for textile and weaving and thought she would match that with her passion for handicrafts: Rafful Estudio was born.
In her workshop in San Miguel Chapultepec, Mexico City, Sonia converts natural fibers exclusively hand-dyed with organic pigments into beautiful works of art, such as wall hangings and home decor items. Using a variety of weaving techniques, she shows the diversity of Mexican craftsmanship through different shapes, colors, and textures.
Ana and Fernando met at University and soon found out they had a shared purpose in life: to achieve social change through design. They turned to their community in Guadalajara and soon were developing products with a collective of women artisans specialized in candlemaking in Tonalá.
Mixing traditional artisanal techniques with a modern and slick approach to design, they founded their brand Consciente, making candles whose shapes, colors, and scents will take you on a whole new journey of discovery.
Zaavia is a Mexican brand making accessories and home decor with natural materials such as palm leaf, vegan leather, and ocoxal fiber. Founded by Paloma Romero to mix her passion for product design with handmade crafts, the brand takes its name from the word savia, meaning sap.
Like sap is vital in keeping plants alive, so does Zaavia keep Mexican traditions alive by mixing ancestral techniques with modern design, to make contemporary accessories handcrafted by artisans from Paloma’s native state of Guerrero.
When Adriana’s father came back from a trip to Oaxaca and suggested she marries her experience as a graphic designer with her love for prints and textile, she didn’t think twice. A lover of Mexican crafts, textiles, and design, Adriana seized the opportunity of creating something of her own.
She worked on prototypes with artisans in Oaxaca and a year later she launched Hula, developing textile products made from 100% cotton, hand-woven on a pedal loom with high attention to detail.
Sisters Nailea and Denisse Arnaiz Torres have always shared a common passion for anything handmade, artisanal crafts and interior decoration, having being brought up in a family where architecture, design, and arts were the daily bread.
In 2016, they turned this passion into a business and founded Arudeko, making textile products such as cushions and carpets to promote traditional techniques in collaboration with Mexican artisans.
La Cosita Chula
Originally started by Alfredo Fonseca as a family business, La Cosita Chula has expanded into working with over 100 artisans across the states of Michoacán, Chiapas, Puebla and Tlaxcala, to bring the very best of Mexican crafts to the world.
Cleverly balancing tradition and innovation, La Cosita Chula creates products full of history and soul that make a tangible difference in their makers’ lives.
Peruvian born fashion designer Micaela Gálvez is the creative mind behind Metric Accessories, a Mexico-based jewelry line with an effortless, organic and architectonic approach, that uses everyday geometric shapes as its inspiration, creating jewelry with a characteristically clean yet imposing look.
Working with bronze and sometimes wood, Micaela develops eye-catching, statement-making, and often rustic styles, that despite their simplicity never lose their sophistication.
Darío’s love for ceramics is as old as the techniques he uses to mold clay with his sculptor’s hands. During his training, Darío became passionate about the historical transcendence of clay and created Amate Ceramica to revive pre-Columbian art.
Today, Darío works predominantly with regional clay and experiments with its different reactions to temperature and treatments, fusing two alien worlds - the prehispanic and the contemporary - to create beautiful vases and decorative pieces that transcend time becoming true works of art.
Created by architect Agustín Elizalde Urzúa, Estudio Pomelo has organically developed through the years as a place to experiment with the production of functional, modern-day objects using a variety of ancestral crafts from around Mexico.
At Estudio Pomelo designer and artisan work together to innovate traditional techniques and connect their origins to contemporary objects, thus keeping traditional techniques alive and fresh while preserving local identities.
When Paloma and Ricardo met at a fateful Valentine’s party in Cancún in 2017, it was love at first sight. Three years on, the two have built a home filled with love, Taco, their dog, and a huge amount of macramé creations!
Born from Paloma’s innate desire to experiment and create, and sustained by Ricardo’s love of spreadsheets and organization, MxAtelier has been creating 100% handmade macramé products since 2018, ranging from wall-hanging pieces to clothing, accessories, and home decor.
Started by Javier Reyes, a Dominican graphic designer, rrres Studio is a design studio based in Oaxaca, working with local artisans who use traditional techniques, such as pedal loom weaving, to create collections of objects for contemporary spaces and interior design projects.
rrres doesn’t really mean anything, and as such it reflects the brand’s mission of skewing from professional roles, hierarchies, and business labels: the project is the result of an equal and collective effort between people, places, cultures, and heritage.
Interior designer Maria Fernanda believes homes are an extension of our identity and personalities. A bohemian at heart, she created her brand and shop Casa Bohe to showcase a wealth of artisanal crafts from Mexico and beyond.
She specializes in the creation of textiles, designed and produced with the help of makers communities in Oaxaca with 100% organic cotton strings which they hand dye with natural pigments and spin into skeins, before weaving them using the pedal loom technique.
After years of traveling the world as an industrial engineer in the oil and gas industry, Lucia took the plunge and decided to dedicate herself to sharing her love for Mexican crafts with the rest of the world.
In 2016 she launched her own brand, Lucia Macarenä, which produces high-end fashion and accessories in partnership with the most experienced artisans in Oaxaca, using natural materials locally sourced and ancient production techniques dating back to the Mayans.
Marianne Romero is a multidisciplinary Mexican artisan, inspired by the indigenous peoples of Mexico, specifically Huichol art, and Bohemian culture.
She works with threads and textiles to create magnificent yarn paintings, capturing the sensations of nature through the movement of the threads. Integrating her art into earthen material, Marianne also crafts beautiful and delicate ceramic objects and jewelry.
Several years ago, Carol Schoch chose a new life for herself, transitioning from a career as an accomplished economist to a designer promoting local Mexican craftsmanship.
She began her quest in finding her inner creative voice, studying textiles and ancestral techniques, traveling throughout Mexico and meeting artisans to learn about the intricacies of their craft. Today, she designs bright and beautiful textiles, blankets, throws and textured pillows.
Eduardo Barrita founded Hacer Com’un as an inclusive design center and social impact project that links talented craftsmen with conscious customers, by creating objects of daily use that revive Mexico’s indigenous crafts using a range of materials such as wood, palm fibers, and copper.
Eduardo believes in the power of design as a tool for social transformation and works collaboratively with his community to use their ancestral artisanal knowledge as a means to improve their lives and build a sustainable future.
Sophie Simone Designs
Franco-Mexican designer Sophie Simone began making jewelry as a child, creating necklaces out of vintage brooches secretly given to her by her grandmother. She started her brand Sophie Simone Designs to reflect her love for Mexico and her passion for creating pieces that are timeless, feminine, and versatile.
She gives life to her ideas by molding each design in wax, in collaborations with expert craftsmen who take care of different stages of the process, which is entirely handmade.
Taller Maya is a Mexican non-profit brand, established in 2002, following an initiative led by the Haciendas del Mundo Maya Foundation to preserve ancient Mayan heritage and support local artisans by creating opportunities for social and economic development through self-management and community participation.
Taller Maya offers beautiful, handmade decor items from hammocks traditionally woven with waist looms to culturally rich jewelry pieces, all masterfully crafted by the social artisanal association in the rural communities of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Mexican designer Daniel Cauno had a clear mission when he founded his brand Caunoh: help people complement their natural beauty and allow them to shine everywhere everyday, with exquisitely designed pieces of ornamental jewelry.
Using only the highest quality sterling silver, Daniel designs, prototypes and makes all his pieces by hand in his workshop in Veracruz, Mexico, occasionally helped by master artisans who specialize in silversmithing.
Nana Manos Artesanas
Born in Mexico City but with family roots in Oaxaca, Itzel Zúñiga worked with textiles in Mexico, Chile and Brazil, before creating Nana Manos Artesanas to work with Oaxacan communities for the preservation of ancestral crafts and cultural identities.
Meaning “lullaby of artisans’ hands” in Spanish, Nana Manos Artesans is inspired by the sense of warmth and care of childhood when tender hands of our mothers and grandmothers take care of us and lull us to sleep with a song.
Ubuntu Market is a brand created by the wonderful, creative and vivacious duo Kytzia Bourlon and Yoyo Cortés. The brand is focused on creating access to master artisans in the rural areas of Mexico so that they can share their exquisite creations with the world.
Their incredible energy and positivity reverberate through every piece, passionately crafted by their talented artisans. Ubuntu Market is perhaps most known for their lovely Pom Pom strings crafted by Samuel and Lucia Diaz and their masterfully crafted hats made by Don Beto Gomez.
Maestra Viviana, born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, has been learning the craft of candle-making since she was 7 years old. Raised by her grandmother, Viviana did not have the opportunity to go to school, but learned this special craft at home from her grandmother.
Maestra Viviana has been known as the living legend of Oaxaca, featured in major books representing the master artisans of the region and exemplifying Zapotec culture. Her name has spread far and wide, taking Viviana across the globe to teach her craft to others.
Marina was working in business administration when she came across ceramics in her research for a creative outlet. In 2016, she made the brave choice of leaving her job to dedicate herself to making and teaching pottery full-time with her brand Matope Cerámica.
Marina loves the infinite creative possibilities ceramics has to offer and is passionate about making objects which people will treasure in her Mexico City workshop, Punto Cuatro.
Architects Thalía Velasco and Walther Santiago founded their design studio Raíz in Guadalajara, Mexico, with the aim to rescue the long-standing tradition of pottery, one of the most representative Mexican artisanal techniques.
Their work blends traditional processes with contemporary design in pieces that highlight the authenticity of the clay and tangibly show human roots and their ability to stand the test of time. Their products are not just pieces of clay, they are characters who seek to tell new stories.
Nelly Ortiz was born and raised in a small town just outside of the city of Oaxaca, known for its unique black pottery, also known as “Barro Negro”. Nelly’s entire family works in the family business run by her parents.
While everyone has learned the intricacies of this craft, each family member masters a specific part of the creation process and has his or her own role. Today, Nelly has a young daughter named Milagrito, “Little Miracle”, who has just begun to learn the secrets of black pottery from her mother.
Natalia and Brian
Natalia and Brian are a wonderful and charming young couple from San Andrés Huayapam in Oaxaca.
The two studied at the Artisanal University of Oaxaca, and soon after graduating, opened together a ceramics studio where they continued to experiment with new materials, textures and techniques, developing their own special style.
Sisters Marcela & Tania Medina firmly believe that the fusion between artisan and designer is essential to preserve artisanal traditions while adapting them to today's world.
They created their brand Duplo Design to develop homeware products that show appreciation and respect for various Mexican artisanal techniques. From volcanic stone to wood, from cotton to wool, the sisters work in collaboration with master artisans to bring you modern reinterpretations of timeless classics such as molcajetes and mezcaleros.
Samuel and Lucia
Samuel and Lucia are a young couple from Tenejapa, a small municipality located in the Chiapas mountains. Samuel, the eldest of 9 children, started working at a very young age together with his father, handcrafting bright and colorful pom poms- a traditional San Juan Chumlaan decoration.
These special Pom Pom strings are beautifully made and are used both as a home decor element or as a fashion accessory that sparks joy.
Patricia Luévano is a product designer with a Master's in Innovation. Her research project at the Kyoto Institute of Technology sparked a deep love for ceramics, and once back home in Chihuahua, Mexico, she set up her studio Pato Negro.
Each one of her pieces is entirely handmade and a unique and unrepeatable mix of Japanese functionality and Mexican aesthetics, using materials endemic to the country to promote the healthy development of fair trade and local economy.
In the words of Fernanda Millán, the creator of Mexican jewelry brand Cefeida, “true luxury is handmade”. Cefeida’s philosophy hails from the Cepheid variable, a star that pulses rapidly through the galaxy. This concept of light, energy and speed is one that Fernanda wants her wearer to feel when dressed in one of her pieces.
Each item is lovingly created in collaboration with master artisans using high quality materials, such as silver, gold plating and inlays of precious stones.
Since childhood, Daniela Chiñas has always loved doing things with her hands. After a Bachelor’s in Textile Design, she mustered up the courage to turn her long-term passion for textile, weaving, and craftsmanship into something tangible, creating her brand Daach in Oaxaca.
Daniela works closely with local Mexican artisans, employing various fabrics and textures which she turns into beautiful works of art, from sculptural installations to ornamental and utilitarian objects. A fan of slow design, Daniela and her artisans weave every single product entirely by hand, which makes all her pieces unique.
Don Beto is the Master Hatter from the Oaxaca region in Mexico. While most people in his small town are farmers, Don Beto’s family is a family of artisans, making beautiful hats to keep the local farmers covered from the blazing sun.
Don Beto has been learning the craft of hat-making since he was 7 years old, channeling his creativity and innovative abilities into the family business. Today, Beto runs the business together with his wife Lilly, and provides a sustainable income to many in his community.
Inspired by her experience working with artisans in Chiapas during her degree, Daniela Corzo decided to build her own brand to celebrate the rich artisanal heritage of Mexico and support local communities of artisans by providing them with fair income and excellent working conditions.
Daniela finds inspiration in the ingenuity and creativity demonstrated by her artisans. With them, she experiments with weaving techniques, materials, and product design - bringing the new and the old together. Today her brand, Textitlán, offers a range of beautiful and contemporary hand-woven items, such as hammocks with macramé details, swings, and towels.