The Buyerarchy of Needs (with apologies to Maslow...)

Some ideas on how to cut down on fast fashion consumption…..

Life In Mexico

The Buyerarchy of Needs (with apologies to Maslow…)

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Life In Mexico

5 Reasons that THIS is the Perfect Summer Blouse

chic mexican folk blouse

These blouses are amazing, especially as we’re heading in to the steamy days of summer.  They are deliciously made by hand, created by the talented weavers of southern Mexico and best of all – they’re BEAUTIFUL.  They come in tons of fun candy colors and also just simple classic classy white.

  1. These blouses are handmade in the truest sense of the word.  The artisan starts with a glorious pile of threads and turns those magnificent threads into this blouse.  All the while adding in the small design detail and brocading their unique signature into the blouse.
  2. This is slow fashion.  This blouse wasn’t cranked out in a factory in Asia.  No, this blouse took over a week to create using a technique that dates back to the Mayan period.
  3. This is ethical fashion.  Only local materials are used – not because it’s a trend. No, just because that’s how things are done in rural Chiapas.  Further, not only is the artisan paid a fair wage for her work, she also works from the comfort of her home, near her family.
  4. This blouse looks great on ALL body types.  Are you square shaped?  No problem, in fact, so is the blouse.  Are you a little wide through the shoulders?  No, problem, the blouse will look great on you.  Have a bit of a tummy?  Don’t worry, this blouse flows great on all body types.
  5. Support rural artisans.  Yep, you can also feel good about purchasing a blouse like this.  You contributed to the continuation of a cultural tradition, to the economic development of a community, and to the support of women artisans.
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Traditional Fridays #ViernesTradicional

el pasado viernes 28 de febrero dio inicio la campaña #viernestradicional promoviendo el uso de prendas tradicionales/ artesanales en san cristóbal de las casas, chiapas. la iniciativa propuesta por impacto textil y la dirección de patrimonio urbano de la ciudad, alcanzó el interés no sólo de la gente local sino de otros participantes del país. queremos invitarlos a unirse a este movimiento local promoviendo en sus redes y compartiendo sus propias imágenes en fb, tw o ig con el #viernestradicional.

on friday, february 28, the traditional friday (#viernestradicional) campaign was launched in san cristobal de las casas, chiapas to promote the use of traditional and artisanal dress. this initiative is being promoted by impacto textil (a local ngo) and the city´s cultural patrimony office. it is not just a local movement, it is already circulating around the country – and hopefully the world! you are invited to share this fabulous initiative on your social networks, and better yet – participate! take a selfie in your favorite traditional outfit and share it on facebook, twitter or instagram using the hashtag #viernestradicional.

Life In Mexico

Traditional Fridays #ViernesTradicional

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Life In Mexico

Lighweight Spring Scarves

In the winter, scarves are a necessity, but in the spring, they’re a must have accessory!  These are some must have scarves for spring – not only are they lightweight, but they’re super versatile and go from being a chunky neck scarf to something light to cover your shoulders on Saturday night in your LBD.  And to top it all off – they’re handwoven on the backstrap loom.  Handwoven means the artisans started with just threads, and with their immense skill and talents, they wove these threads into a scarf using an ancient technique passed down for generations.  You won’t find that artisanship quality or soul at the GAP.  

 

Here are the top picks:

 

Classic White – your everyday go to scarf that just screams ¨Look out everyone, spring is here!¨ 

Colors & Tradition – For the girl with a bit of a wild side with an appreciation for fine art and creativity of the rural artisans.

Poppin’ Red – Make your bright red statement with this handwoven scarf for a pop of color on those days with April showers.

 

View the entire handmade scarf collection at www.chiapasbazaar.com

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