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Chiapas Bazaar is Proud to Support Fashion Revolution Day

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Chiapas Bazaar is fortunate to connect constantly with the people making the clothes we sell in our shop.  Not everyone has that  privilege – have you met the person who made your super cute blouse from Target?  Where was it made?  What were their conditions like?  What is the person´s story?  That´s exactly what Fashion Revolution Day is about.  It´s about asking those question along the entire fashion supply chain and it´s also about taking a moment to honor the 1,133 people who DIED making clothing last year in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Check out Fashion Revolution Day Mexico, where Courtney, co-founder of Chiapas Bazaar, is proud to be the country coordinator in Mexico for this amazing global initiative.  

More information about Fashion Revolution..

Fashion is a force to be reckoned with. It celebrates, provokes, and entertains. And, from April 24th 2014, it’s going to do even more. Because we’re turning fashion into a force for good.

On 24th April last year, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue.

Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough.

HOW DID FASHION REVOLUTION START?

A Eureka moment – “The idea for Fashion Revolution Day actually came to me in the bath…”  Founder of Fashion Revolution and ethical fashion pioneer, Carry Somers says. “I wondered if the Rana Plaza disaster could act as a catalyst by using the heightened awareness around ethical fashion to bring about real change. Fashion Revolution Day represents an exciting opportunity to reconnect fashion-lovers with the people who made their clothes.”

Led by a board of industry leaders, campaigners, press and academics from within the sector and beyond, Fashion Revolution Day has become the catalyst that brings together those who want to see change within the industry. Find out more about our Founders, the Global Advisory Committee and The Fashion Revolution Day Board here: Fashion Revolution Global Advisory Committee

 FASHION REVOLUTION IS NOW IN 58 COUNTRIES AND ALL OF THEM ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS YEARS MOVEMENT “WHO MADE YOUR CLOTHES?”

Within 8 months Fashion Revolution has become a global movement with over 58 countries involved (and growing!).  

There is now an unprecedented number or of individuals and organisations working together to share the same message. You can see some of the organisations on this link: Fashion Revolution Day Friends  

 

The Fashion Revolution central office supports all countries involved to build teams, plan strategy, manage events and collaborate with national and local organisations, educational institutions and businesses. Fashion Revolution HQ in the UK developed and supplied all branding, marketing and educational tools for each country at no cost.

 Visit this link to see all the countries involved so far, the people involved and events for each country:  Fashion Revolutions Global Community and Events

We have seen partnerships and collaborations form along the entire supply chain adding to the belief that Fashion Revolution has the potential to improve lives around the world.

Co-Founder, Orsola de Castro says “With one simple gesture, #insideout, we want you to ask: “Who Made Your Clothes?” this action will encourage people to imagine the ‘thread’ from the garment to the machinist that sewed it and all the way down to the farmer that grew the cotton it was made from”. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Reasons that THIS is the Perfect Summer Blouse

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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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The perfect gift for your mother-in-law

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There are certain people that are really difficult to buy gifts for, like that really rich uncle and your dad.  Or even your own mother-in-law.  The gift must be tasteful, classic, and hopefully something that she will use.

We have a tip for you today.  The easiest gift you can get her (unless she lives in tropical southern Mexico like mine) is a scarf.  “Ay dios, how cliche!”, you’re saying as you close this blog post.  Wait.  This isn’t just a scarf.  This scarf is special. This scarf has a story that you’ll be able to share with your family members around the holiday table.  You’ll tell them how it’s handmade in Mexico.  You’ll tell them how it’s made using a technique that has been perfected for over 1,000 years – a technique passed down from the Mayans.  You’ll tell them that it takes over a week to hand weave (yes, thread by thread) this scarf.  You’ll tell them it also created employment for women in rural area of Mexico.  Now, you see, it’s not just a scarf.  It has ancient history, it creates jobs, and – mas que nada – it is outrageously beautiful, soft, and goes with everything.

It might be not appropriate for your gazillionaire uncle, but we are sure that your mother-in-law will love it!

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Know Your Source – Chiapas Master Leather Artisans

Louis Vuitton.  Marc Jacobs. Chiapas?  I spent 1/3 of my life working for the companies who churned out “it bag” after “it bag”.  I remember adding people’s names to the waiting lists for the multi-color Murakami bags at Vuitton!  Now I’m here in Chiapas and certainly not working on “It bags”, but instead working on creating sustainable livelihoods through broadening the potential markets of rural master artisans.  Not to mention providing guidance and ideas on various products and styles that can be made from local materials and marketed to a wider demographic. 

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Consulting on the new Teo Clutch with the artisan (Chiapas, 2013).

The quality of  the leather goods they produce here is astounding. On top of that, they work with all local materials – and –oh my- do they work!  Preparing the skins is definitely not easy.  First they have to wash it and then allow time for it to dry.  Sounds easy enough.  Next, it’s the machete work!  Skins are quite thick and are difficult to manipulate if they’re not light and thin.  They take their big ol’ machetes and scrape scrape scrape until they get the skins to the preferred thickness.  Now, they have something they can work with. 

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Oiling up the leather with some natural vegetable oil (Chiapas, Mexico 2013)

 

 

 

In the case of every leather artisan we work with, it’s a family affair.  The fathers and sons work together, the sons learning from their fathers, the mothers and daughters helping in the workshop.  Some of the artisans are award winning, another should be a stand up comedian, and others work with very well-renowned local designers.  

Chiapas Handmade Leather Goods

Getting the leather ready in Chiapas, Mexico (2013)

We are here to introduce you to the folks who make your leather goods.  Take a look! 

———>  Passport Holder:  http://bit.ly/14QwmfD

——–>  iPad Mini Sleeve:  http://bit.ly/17YLjy3

——> Leather and Handwoven Fabric Tote:  http://bit.ly/1dndvAk

——> Recycled Huipil and Goatskin Clutch:  http://bit.ly/1d0KRqk

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Nights are cooler, days are shorter, fall will be here soon! Time for the most versatile interchangeable cool accessory. Scarves! All handmade from the rural master artisans of Chiapas.

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You know what this means….

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Mayan Marketplace - The Kansas City Star - July 9, 2013

We recently did an interview with the Kansas City Star about our Chiapas Bazaar project. We’re extraordinarily thankful for the raising of awareness of the work of Chiapas artisans.
Check it out: http://www.chiapasbazaar.com/blogs/chiapas-bazaar/8300087-mayan-marketplace-the-kansas-city-star-june-9-2013

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Mayan Marketplace – The Kansas City Star – July 9, 2013

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The 9 to 5 Mexican Blouse

We love Frida Kahlo.  She has such an inspired style, was quite the renegade in her time, and continues to inspire fashion to this day.   Chunky accessories, colorful blouses, long flowy skirts…she epitomizes Mexico style.  

But, what if you want to wear a Mexican blouse and NOT look like Frida Kahlo.  What if you have an important client meeting, feel like ditching the boring white button up, and wearing something lightweight, cool and with artisanal details, but keeping within your unspoken corporate dress code? And even better – dazzle your co-workers with someone that wasn’t pulled off the rack from Zara.  Wear something that benefits the economic welfare of women in the developing world.  

This classic white blouse is hand embroidered and then later stitched together by hand.  It has subtle embroidery details and easily transitions from office time to play time.  Throw a cardigan over it, even a blazer, and you’re ready to go.  Add some delicate gold accessories and you’ll be admired from the board room to the bar room.  

How would you wear this blouse? 

Perfect Mexican Blouse for the 9 to 5 career girl. (59$ http://www.chiapasbazaar.com)

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Know Your Source – A Journey to Pantelhó, Chiapas

We are constantly on the hunt for amazing artisans creating magical pieces.  This often brings us to the far corners of the state of Chiapas – like in the case of the village of Pantelhó – a village at the end of a highway.  The highway.just.stops.

We love taking pictures and we love sharing with our readers what it´s like in the villages and the homes where our one-of-a-kind products are made.  As the title of the blog indicates – Know Your Source!

We invite you to join us on a picture tour of Pantelhó, Chiapas.  A weaving village in the highlands of Chiapas – renowned for their pieces that are brightly colored with lots of stripes and often with little whimsical Mayan figures.  Take a look and see for yourself at www.chiapasbazaar.com

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