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    • Uncovering the Hidden Treasures of the Amazon

      Meet Brazil's Female Indiana Jones, the incredible Fernanda Trombino Figuereido de Assis, founder of Xapuri Crafts Written by: Arianna Meschia for The Nopo This year’s carnival celebrations might have come and gone in a bit of a damper, but here at The Nopo, we are fans of keeping traditions alive! While you won’t see us dancing around wearing flamboyant costumes and feathered headdresses, we have instead decided to pay homage to Carnival by bringing Brazil straight to your homes. In search of Brazil's most beautiful crafts, we were foruntate to meet the inspirig Fernanda Trombino Figuereido de Assis, founder of Xapuri Crafts, and hear her incredible story, taken stright out of an Indiana Jones' movie. Shop Xapuri's one-of-a-kind Brazilian craft collection Xapuri is a family-run business selling beautiful crafts from their concept store and restaurant in Belo Horizonte in south east Brazil. We took a rollercoaster tour of their shop a few weeks ago and it’s fair to say we stepped into an otherworldly place: ceramics, sculptures, vases, hammocks, bio-jewelry made of Amazonian seeds, and bags carved from coconut wood…It was a real treasure trove! The history of Xapuri itself is as old as its collection is varied. Today the business is headed by Fernanda, but Xapuri was actually started by her father over forty years ago. Born in a family of fazenderos, Fernanda was brought up in Xapuri, the farm the family owns in Minas Gerais, the famed Brazilian state home to Belo Horizonte and arguably the most delicious food in the country. Fernanda’s childhood breezed away on the farm, learning all about Minas Gerais food from her mother, while both waited for her adventurer father to come back from his long travels around the country, which he explored at length, collecting crafts from a variety of indigenous communities. As a child, Fernanda was able to put her hands on anything from ceramics to jewelry, from palm-woven baskets to less child-friendly items such as… a snake’s rattle! Shop Xapuri's one-of-a-kind Brazilian craft collection “My father had a huge influence on me growing up. I remember waiting for him to get back wondering what he might have found this time. He didn’t really make much money with the sale of the items he brought back from his travels, it was more a labor of love, something he did to satisfy his thirst for knowledge and adventure, which I have definitely inherited!” Fernanda laughs, remembering her father and her own beginnings as an adventurer/collector. Back in the early 90s her father’s stories stopped being enough for her, and she decided to set off herself to continue the family business. She started roaming the country to meet indigenous communities and learn from them about their history, their culture, and, crucially, their crafts. “What I love about my job is the constant element of novelty. We might set off to look for a specific community that was referred to us, deep in the Amazonian jungle, and stop en route several times because we have bumped into another community making something else. It’s a continuous journey of discovery.” I imagine her as a Brazilian female Indiana Jones, cruising on the Amazon River for days on end before heading back to Belo Horizonte on journeys that can take up to forty-five days! Shop Xapuri's one-of-a-kind Brazilian craft collection I imagine her as a Brazilian female Indiana Jones, cruising on the Amazon River for days on end before heading back to Belo Horizonte on journeys that can take up to forty-five days! Despite the obvious logistical challenges and the sometimes difficult communications with the communities that don’t speak Portuguese, Fernanda’s job is hugely simplified today thanks to technology, “You’re never too far away from a WhatsApp account!” she laughs, though she remembers how hard it was when she first started traveling almost thirty years ago with no Google maps, no phones, and no internet. “It really helps that Brazilians are incredibly open and warm people. We are very privileged that all the communities we visit are happy to open their doors to us because they know that we will keep our word and always work collaboratively with them to foster their crafts and preserve their culture. I am always so humbled by their generosity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship.” What makes Xapuri stand out from other concept stores is its highly curatorial element: with her decades of experience and the knowledge inherited from her father, Fernanda personally chooses every single item that ends up in her collection, rather than buying in bulk from artisans, making Xapuri a stunning ensemble of varied crafts that harmoniously fit together to give customers a comprehensive overview of Brazil’s rich craftsmanship. While right now most of us are not so lucky to be sitting in her restaurant right now, thanks to our exclusive collaboration with Xapuri we can bring Fernanda’s collection of one-of-a-kind items straight to your homes. Head to our Brazil Pop Up Collection, available until March 15th.

    • Marrakech's Top Five Rooftops and Courtyards to Inspire Your Patio Decor

      Discover Marrakech's most enchanting rooftops and hidden courtyards that will take your breath away Written by: Arianna Meschia for The Nopo With the recent bout of extreme weather sweeping the US, it’s hard to believe the worst of winter is behind us. Fear not though, as we’ve got just the right pick me up to get your mind off the freezing temperatures and the snowy blizzards. We’ve put together a shortlist of the best Marrakech rooftops and secret gardens to get your creative juices flowing and inspire your best patio, terrace, and garden decor yet. Grab a hot drink, snuggle up under your coziest blanket and let yourself be transported to a whole new (warm) world made of stunning sunsets over the Atlas Mountains, calls to prayer fading into the hustle and bustle of the markets, and the smell of a hundred spices wafting up to you. El Fenn Der Moulay Abdellah Ben Hezzian, Bab El Ksour, Medina Marrakech +212 524441220 @elfennmarrakech Photos: Igor Demba El Fenn is one of the most iconic luxury hotels in Marrakech, having made the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List twice in three years. Its thirty-one rooms are individually styled featuring a blend of mid-century European furniture with classical icons of Moroccan design, such as hand-carved plasterwork and cedarwood ceilings. El Fenn’s crown jewel though is its 1300-square-meter roof terrace, where a team of expert mixologists is on hand any time of the day behind a 30-foot carved marble bar, to conjure up the best and most refreshing drinks. The hardest choice you’ll have to make after taking a long, refreshing dip in their pool is whether to lie down on one of the many daybeds soaking up the Marrakechi sunshine, or to curl up in the shade with a cup of sweet mint tea to enjoy the close-up view of the iconic Koutoubia mosque minaret. At sunset the sky will turn from yellow, to orange, to purple, while the evening call to prayer will soar high up above the rooftops of the medina, blending in with soft music from a DJ set. In the evenings, the rooftop turns into a magical candle-lit paradise, enriched in winter by the open fires lit up for warmth, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner of local seasonal food, ranging from plant-based to the best cuts of lamb, chicken and fish. Riad Up Derb Boutouil N°41 Kennaria, Marrakech Médina +212 524 39 17 43 @riad_up When it comes to finding a home away from home, look no further than Riad UP, a stunning urban paradise nestled in the middle of the Marrakech medina, halfway between Jemaa el-Fnaa marketplace and the beautiful Tiskiwin Museum of Moroccan arts & crafts. The terrace offers a dazzling view of the old town and is perfectly designed to dine al-fresco or enjoy a refreshing mint tea after indulging in the richness of their traditional Moroccan cuisine while sunbathing and taking in the majestic views of the Atlas Mountains. Hosted in a traditional riad completely renovated not long ago, Riad Up has kept all the main features of a vintage Arab-Andalusian palace: a large living room, dining room, and a patio around which a Moorish-style summer lounge pans out offering outdoor seating and a dipping pool. The minimal interior decor inspires relaxation, calm, and clarity of mind, making it a genuinely contemporary jewel immersed in the medina’s centuries-old historical context. Each part of the house – the patio, pool, terraces, fountain - transports you to bygone times with the clever placement of exquisite handcrafted items of interior decoration, such as carpets, blankets, ceramic vases, and palm-woven lampshades. Shop The Nopo Patio Collection L'Mida 78 Bis Derb Nkhal, Rehba Lkdima, Medina, Marrakech (+212) 05 24 44 36 62 @lmidamarrakech The long-time dream of friends and entrepreneurs Omar and Simo, L’mida is guaranteed to immerse you straightaway in the city’s atmosphere, starting from the name itself, a word in the Darija dialect that means “the home table at which everyone sits together”. Sit on their rooftop - rumored to be the highest in town - and sip a cup of steaming mint tea or one of their signature mocktails, while the smells of the nearby spice markets waft in and out, and the imposing Atlas Mountains float regally on top of the surrounding scattering of roofs, labyrinthine streets and satellite dishes. The majestic minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque is stunning at sunset, when a golden light bathes the rooftop and makes the carefully designed space shine in all its glory. A product of Noon Interior, a local interior design studio, the decor was conceived to fit in with the traditional riad look, while modernizing with a touch of unusual colors such as the mustard and green benches and finishings. The result is an elegant mixture of old and new, with a hint of industrial chic in the tables and chairs design and a nod to the peaceful haven of a desert oasis found in the abundant greenery. Chef Narjisse Benkabbou is ready to cook you up a storm made of the best Moroccan traditional dishes such as tajine and couscous, all made from fresh and locally sourced ingredients that keep the menu varied throughout the seasons. Shop The Nopo Patio Collection Kabana Marrakech Kissariat Ben Khaled Street, Fatima Ezzahra, Marrakech Medina +212 (0) 6 64 46 44 50 @kabanamarrakech From industrial chic to the hottest party spot in Marrakech, head west on El Ksour street for ten minutes and you’ll stumble across Kabana Marrakech, a stone’s throw away from the omnipresent Koutoubia Mosque, which is so close to Kabana's rooftop you might just reach out through the plants that line the terrace and touch it. The cosmopolitan heart of Kabana is clear from the outset, with their signature sushi chef Youssef conjuring up everyone’s favorite sushi, sashimi, and nigiri from the freshest and most creative ingredients. If you are looking for a more typically Moroccan experience, fear not, because chef Luisma Naranjo, is on hand to craft the most delicious dishes from the Arabic tradition, sprinkled with a touch of Latin and Mediterranean flavor. Handy to know, there are vegetarian and vegan options too, which is not always a given when traveling! Let Kabana’s selection of cocktails immerse you in the tropical atmosphere of the oasis-like roof garden, which is actually the highest alcohol drinking spot in town. All their cocktails are inspired by locally available ingredients, following a healthy homemade philosophy, which even sees them stocking Moroccan draft beers, as well as a selection of spirits and wines. Kabana’s real strength though is in the awesome music nights, which include live and DJ sets seven days a week, featuring a cosmopolitan mix of jazz, Latin, soul, and more. Dancing and crowded spaces might be off the menu for now, but keep this absolute gem under a close eye, because we’re sure they’ll come back with a bang as soon as possible. Shop The Nopo Patio Collection Le Jardin Secret Rue Mouassine 121, Marrakesh medina +212(0)524 39 00 40 Entry fee 60 dirhams @lejardinsecret_marrakech For the history buffs among you, we suggest heading to Le Jardin Secret, an enchanting complex made of two separate riads, a high tower, a hammam, two cafes, and massive gardens, hidden away in the middle of the medina. As soon as you step in, you’ll breathe in the place’s intriguing history, which started in the 1500s and is very much intertwined with the history of Marrakech itself. The palace counts among its owners a fallen dynast, a poisoned nobleman, and a Sultan’s Chamberlain and former owner of the Watchmakers Guild. The complex is surrounded by high walls that protect it from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding Mouassine district, while the high tower soars above most other rooftops in town and affords you unmatched views of the medina, stretching all the way to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Everywhere pointed arches, wooden lintel porticoes, and pavilions decorated with zellij tiles from Fez make up geometric designs and showcase the outstanding skills of the local craftsmen. The expansive patios offer a tranquil oasis of green bliss, to enjoy the cafes’ vast selection of teas, cakes, sandwiches, and salads in the shade of the palm trees. Or else stroll in the curated gardens that feature both an exotic and Islamic garden, firmly inserting Le Jardin Secret in Marrakech’s tradition of “green paradise in the desert”. Whether you have a cozy little balcony, urban rooftop, front door patio or spacious backyard, all you need are a few unique accent pieces to create the perfect relaxing ambiance in your outdoor space. Shop the patio collection!

    • Pillow Talk

      Mexican Sisters Nailea & Denisse, founders of Arudeko, share the family stories behind their ultra-chic textile brand Written by: Arianna Meschia for The Nopo There’s hardly a relationship as close, shape-shifting, and special as that between sisters. And if sisters decide to become business partners, like Denisse and Nailea Torres did founding their brand Arudeko, fun and fireworks are to be expected. I met them over a three-way Zoom call, me watching the snowfall outside the window of my London flatshare, them gloriously bathed in the warm light of Mexico City, where they were both born and bred in a family that sounds as united as it is inspiring. Denisse and Nailea’s childhood was filled with their mother’s love for art and museums, which she visited with her daughters when they traveled, and their father’s passion for Mexican culture and entrepreneurship. Shop Arudeko Pillow Collection “Dad always taught us it’s much better to run your own business than being dependent on other people’s decisions,” Nailea reminisces. “He was a big inspiration for us growing up, and he even came with us the first time we went to Oaxaca to find artisans to collaborate with.” Their parents had always been into interior decoration, constantly moving furniture, redecorating, and buying crafts, so when Nailea got back from her Master’s in Milan, it was once again their father who encouraged the sisters to look at the tools they had - their knowledge of textile, their shared passion for design, and the wealth of Mexican artisanal crafts at their disposal - and forge a path for themselves. Nailea and Denisse brainstormed about what they liked, what each of them was good at, and how they could put the two together. As part of their textile design degrees, both had learned about the pedal loom technique and they decided to start from something they knew. Their first trip to Oaxaca to find artisans to work with was a revelation: artisanal wares were everywhere, yes, but that also meant the competition was extremely high. “At the beginning we had no idea what we were doing,” Denisse laughs, “but we understood very quickly that if we wanted to make something of our business we had to diversify, taking existing techniques but using them to produce our original designs.” Shop Arudeko Pillow Collection It was 2016 and Arudeko was born. The name of the brand itself is an acronym that fully represents the sisters’ ethos: Ar stands for artesano, U for union, and Deko for decoration, positioning the brand as the unifying strength between the artisans’ craftsmanship and contemporary design. Over the years, Nailea & Denisse’s relationship and business partnership has evolved and grown stronger, but the lines are sometimes blurred. If both are found at the workshop together, a pillow fight with discarded prototypes to settle business disagreements might not be entirely unrealistic! “At times it’s hard to stick to a professional behavior,” Nailea confesses with a cheeky smile across the screen to Denisse, “because I would never shout at anyone as I do at my sister! But we’re getting better at respecting boundaries and feeding off each other’s strengths and abilities.” While Nailea is the client-facing and marketing guru of the partnership, Denisse is the more manual of the two and is most often found at the loom with the artisans, “But I’m completely useless at anything else, and I do feel like my sister sometimes gets frustrated I’m not as organized and composed as her,” she laughs. Shop Arudeko Pillow Collection Their close relationship with artisans and their families is the foundation of Arudeko’s work, so much so that the very first craftsman they started collaborating with almost five years ago, Manuel, is now their Production Manager and scouts regularly for new talent around Teotitlán del Valle, a small village near Oaxaca City where Arudeko’s production happens. “We were spoiled with Manuel and his family back when we started. The quality of their work, the natural dyes they use, the precision of the weaving are absolutely unparalleled,” Denisse remembers fondly before Nailea adds that this confidence in their artisans’ work is what allows them to experiment with new designs and materials, as their newest collection of cushions now available on the Nopo clearly shows. The collection features a technique the sisters took from Moroccan and Indian rug making, the Persian knot, applied to the Mexican pedal loom for the production of cushions instead of rugs. The beginnings were hard for them and the artisans, and it took quite a bit of prototyping and a few happy accidents before the collection was ready. The first product was the Za Guibá cushion cover in blue and black. Denisse remembers sitting at the loom with the big expanse of blue sky lightly streaked by yellow shades of sunset, while clouds drifted lazily through in the late afternoon. The production environment itself was what gave the cushion its name, as za guibá means “clouds” in the local language, Zapoteco. This is actually a perfect example of how the mastery of the artisans coupled with their willingness to learn, helped the sisters try out something new: rather than closing the knot like in traditional rug making, they allowed the fringes to flow open, which gives the cushion its characteristic poly-texture and movement. With Ritmo Azul and Ritmo Gris, they again took the Persian knot but decided to trim the fringes right down, to create a pompom effect, which adds overall depth to the design. “We thought it might not work, because the threads on the pedal loom are not as tight together as the ones found in carpets, but again it was a big vote of confidence from our artisans that they went along with our crazy ideas!” The excitement of experimentation and the beauty of handmade also shine through in their Básico Nero cushion, started off as an accident of production and turned into one of their bestsellers. “Our communication with the artisans has definitely improved over the years, but sometimes there are still small misunderstandings that often lead to happy results,” Denisse admits. “We sketched Básico Nero absent-mindedly while working on something else, and even the black and white interwoven section at the top was accidental, a variation in texture we had actually designed for another product, but ended up applying to this. ” That’s what we love about Arudeko’s work: in Denisse and Nailea’s creations, the magic of handmade is palpable in designs that come alive off the page in beautiful and unexpected ways, thanks to the artisans’ expert hands. If you’d like to get a taste of Arudeko’s soft world of pillows and rugs, head over to their collection, now exclusively available on the Nopo.

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    • Artisan - Xapuri Brasil | The Nopo

      Xapuri Brasil Fernanda Trombino Figuereido de Assis grew up waiting for her father to return from his adventurous travels around Brazil, bearing countless artifacts and handicrafts from the most remote corners of the country. Her childhood was filled with tales of extraordinary lands and people, which only just satisfied her wanderlust and knack for adventure. In the early 90s she decided to join the front lines and take over the family business, following in her father’s footsteps. She started roaming around Brazil herself, to meet indigenous communities, get to know them and their traditions, understand their culture and bring back countless varieties of crafts, which she has been selling at Xapuri, the family’s restaurant in Belo Horizonte, in the Brazilian state of Mina Gerais. Through her collection, Fernanda aims at spreading the richness of Brazil’s indigenous cultures, its nature, and centuries-old craftsmanship to the rest of the world, while working sustainably and according to fair trade practices with the makers’ communities she meets. Her thirst for knowledge and love for Brazilian crafts will stop at nothing: some of the communities she has visited and bought crafts from through the years are a 45 days’ journey away from her shop! Previously only available at Fernanda’s restaurant and shop in Belo Horizonte, Xapuri joins the Nopo for a limited pop-up collection celebrating the tradition of Brazilian Carnival. Head to their shop now to start collecting or find out more about Fernanda and her family in our Magazine. ​ Read the full article in our Magazine Shop Xapuri Brasil All Products Quick View Moringa Ceramic Jug Price $100.00 Quick View Xingu Glass Bead Necklace Price $152.00 Quick View Owl Decorative Wooden Panel Price $205.00 Quick View Butterfly Decorative Wooden Panel Price $205.00 Quick View Moringa Ceramic Jug Price $100.00 Quick View Xingu Glass Bead Necklace Price $152.00 Quick View Owl Decorative Wooden Panel Price $205.00 Quick View Butterfly Decorative Wooden Panel Price $205.00

    • Handmade Home Decor & Fashion Accessories | The Nopo

      Mexico is here! SHOP ITEMS FROM MEXICO BRAZIL CARNIVAL POPUP Available until March 15! This year’s Carnival celebrations have come and gone in a bit of a damper, but we have decided to honor the tradition with a pop-up collection of one-of-a-kind Brazilian crafts, in partnership with Xapuri Brasil. Shop Xapuri Meet Xapuri Choose your destination Shop the World's Most Spectacular Markets EXPLORE THE MARKETS OF Mexico BY ARTISAN ALL PRODUCTS EXPLORE THE MARKETS OF Morocco BY ARTISAN ALL PRODUCTS Berber Rugs A Curated Collection ​ High quality vintage rugs handwoven by the inspiring women of rural Morocco SHOP NOW! The Beauty of Handmade Discover our unique collection of beautiful jewelry, passionately crafted by exceptional artisans SHOP THE JEWELRY COLLECTION About The Nopo BRIDGING DISTANCES SECURE PAYMENT EXPRESS SHIPPING FAIR TRADE PRESERVING HERITAGE Who We Are The Nopo connects online shoppers with exceptional artisans in some of the most intriguing markets around the world. By bridging geographical distances & language barriers, facilitating safe & secure payment, providing reliable & efficient shipping, and promoting fair trade, we create real access to the cultural & artistic riches of the world. Read More Our Promise Through technology & human connection we strive to democratize international ecommerce. We are reaching artisans in developing countries and providing them with the logistical support and technical onboarding so that they can offer their exquisite crafts to international audiences. Read More Meet Architect Agustín Elizalde Urzúa Founder of Estudio Pomelo SHOP ESTUDIO POMELO Artisan Spot Light Original illustrantions and decorative wall decor items to spice up your home SHOP WALL ART Wall Art Stories Transport yourself to faraway places SHOP CANDLES The Aroma of a Dreamy Get Away The Nopo Magazine To all magazine posts Marrakech's Top Five Rooftops and Courtyards to Inspire Your Patio Decor We’ve put together a shortlist of the best Marrakech rooftops and secret gardens to get your creative juices flowing and inspire your best patio, terrace, and garden decor yet. ​ Discover Marrakech's most enchanting rooftops and hidden courtyards that will take your breath away ​ Read more ​ New Arrivals Don't Miss Out On These Must-Have Artisan-Made Designs Quick View Moringa Ceramic Jug Quick View Xingu Glass Bead Necklace Quick View Owl Decorative Wooden Panel Quick View Moringa Ceramic Jug Quick View Xingu Glass Bead Necklace Quick View Owl Decorative Wooden Panel SHOP NEW ARRIVALS MEET THE ARTISAN OF THE WEEK Metric 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. ​ Read more Shop Metric FOLLOW US @THE.NOPO

    • Handmade Home Decor & Fashion Accessories | The Nopo

      Mexico is here! SHOP ITEMS FROM MEXICO CARNIVAL POPUP Available until March 15! This year’s Carnival celebrations have come and gone in a bit of a damper, but we have decided to honor the tradition with a pop-up collection of one-of-a-kind Brazilian crafts, in partnership with Xapuri Brasil. Shop Xapuri Shop Xapuri This year’s Carnival celebrations have come and gone in a bit of a damper, but we have decided to honor the tradition with a pop-up collection of one-of-a-kind Brazilian crafts, in partnership with Xapuri Brasil. Shop Xapuri Brasil More about Xapuri Choose your destination Shop the World's Most Spectacular Markets EXPLORE THE MARKETS OF Mexico BY ARTISAN ALL PRODUCTS EXPLORE THE MARKETS OF Morocco BY ARTISAN ALL PRODUCTS Upcoming Events Couples who create together, Stay Together ​ Yogi Talia Sutra and artist Ezra Baderman interview each other on Love & Art ​ Saturday February 13th NY | 1pm SF | 10am UK | 6pm ​ Join us Live IG @the.nopo @talia_sutra @ezrabaderman The Carnival Popup Collection ​ Join us as we virtually journey to Brazil for a Carnival-Inspired Popup Sale featuring incredible Brazilian one-of-a-kind crafts ​ Feb. 28th - March 15th This unique collection will be available for two weeks only, and will have limited quantity The Ourika Valley Berber Rug Sale ​ Meet Damielle Donker the curator of one of Morocco's finest collections of authentic Berber Rugs Danielle will share the incredible stories behind each rug, answer questions and help you select the perfect rug for your home. Limited number of participants Sign up now to ensure your place Berber Rugs A Curated Collection ​ High quality vintage rugs handwoven by the inspiring women of rural Morocco SHOP NOW! The Beauty of Handmade When we purchase a handcrafted item, we get to take home some of the magic and passion that went into creating it SHOP THE JEWELRY COLLECTION About The Nopo BRIDGING DISTANCES SECURE PAYMENT EXPRESS SHIPPING FAIR TRADE PRESERVING HERITAGE Who We Are The Nopo connects online shoppers with exceptional artisans in some of the most intriguing markets around the world. By bridging geographical distances & language barriers, facilitating safe & secure payment, providing reliable & efficient shipping, and promoting fair trade, we create real access to the cultural & artistic riches of the world. Read More Our Promise Through technology & human connection we strive to democratize international ecommerce. We are reaching artisans in developing countries and providing them with the logistical support and technical onboarding so that they can offer their exquisite crafts to international audiences. Read More Handmade Textiles to Keep You Warm SHOP WINTER COLLECTION Get Cozy Original paintings and decorative objects to spice up your space SHOP WALL ART Wall Art Stories Transport yourself to faraway places SHOP CANDLES The Aroma of a Dreamy Get Away The Nopo Magazine To all magazine posts Tying the knot: The Chaotic Beauty of Macramé MxAtelier is the work of Colombian artist Paloma Santa Cruz and Mexican architect Ricardo Duran. I met them over Zoom at their home-turned-workshop in artsy Cancún, where huge bundles of strings laid scattered in wild heaps waiting to be reconfigured into an orderly and precise sequence of knots, gradually transforming into a masterful work of art. ​ In this story, Paloma and Ricardo, partners in love and art, share the story behind their Macramé creations at MxAtelier. ​ Read more ​ New Arrivals Don't Miss Out On These Must-Have Artisan-Made Designs Quick View Moringa Ceramic Jug Quick View Xingu Glass Bead Necklace Quick View Owl Decorative Wooden Panel Quick View Moringa Ceramic Jug Quick View Xingu Glass Bead Necklace Quick View Owl Decorative Wooden Panel SHOP NEW ARRIVALS MEET THE ARTISAN OF THE WEEK Lucia Macarenä 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. ​ Read More Shop Lucia Macarenä FOLLOW US @THE.NOPO

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