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

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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.

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Traditional Fridays #ViernesTradicional

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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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What we will be wearing on Cinco de Mayo!

One of a kind Chiapa de Corzo skirt – 70 USD at chiapasbazaar.com

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What we will be wearing on Cinco de Mayo!

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Guaje, Huaxya, Uaxim, WHAAAAT?

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Earrings made from Guaje

Learning about the tropical fruits, plants and other curiosities from the tropical area of southern Mexico is always fascinating.  We had been trying to figure out the name of the seed used in many of our earrings…to me, it looked like a watermelon seed and I thought maybe the seeds were trying to be passed off as something more exotic…or maybe the name they were telling me was the name for watermelon seed, but in a local language.  This week, I finally had a breakthrough.  I asked my future father-in-law (FFIL), who is a walking encyclopedia of Chiapas.  I said “Are you familiar with a seed called “wash“?” (That is how it’s pronounced).  And at that time, my future mother-in-law said “Oh yes, I know what it is…” and my FFIL added “Ah, yes, but in my town, they call it Guaje, not wash!”  And I solved my mystery!  I googled Guaje and found a ton of information on wikipedia and even recipes.  Here in Mexico, they also make jewelry from the seeds, in addition to eating them as a snack with salt.

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Eco friendly and super cool jewelry that you will want to wear on Earth Day. Stay cool and be green.

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Eco is “Chic-o”

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Chiapas Fashion Village Style

A sneak peek into the artisan workshop. Here in a small village tucked in the mountains between Tuxtla and San Cristobal, Lupita is creating the most magnificent blouses in the traditional flowered style.

In this picture, she is free handing the ornate flower design onto the fabric with white out. Then, using her creativity and tradition, she adds amazingly colored flowers, vines and leaves.

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Chiapas Fashion Village Style

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Must Haves for your Cinco de Mayo party

Aguacatenango Blouse (55 USD) at www.chiapasbazaar.com

Aguacatenango Blouse (55 USD) at http://www.chiapasbazaar.com

 

Cinco de Mayo is the biggest celebration in the US of Mexican culture and traditions.  It’s our day to be a Mexican, wear a sombrero, drink some margaritas, and say hola, como estas to everyone we know.

But the question is now – what do I wear to my Cinco de Mayo party?  Something subtle, with a slight nod to the Mexican culture?  Or do we go a little over the top with something very authentic and traditional?

As experts in all things Mexico, here are our suggestions for your 5 de Mayo attire and accessorizing:

Simple and classic:

These obsidian bracelets dress up a simple outfit and are perfect with your LBD for those attending classy 5 de Mayo events.  Sip your margarita in style with these glamorous pieces from Mexico.  Best when worn in multiples.

5 de Mayo #1 accessory.  8$ at Chiapas Bazaar

5 de Mayo #1 accessory. 8$ at Chiapas Bazaar

Be a little bit louder with this belt:

Handmade in the highlands of Chiapas, this embroidered flowered belt looks great over a simple tunic or dress.  You can even be super traditional and loud and proud and pair it with the eponymous flowered traditional Mexican blouse.

Frida Kahlo style:

A style icon in her day, although she preferred to shun convention and wear traditional attire from Mexico and Central America, she would be perfectly at home in a pair of earrings like this or an understated cocktail ring like this.

Tradition with a twist:

This skirt comes from a traditional village in a remote area of Chiapas, but will perfectly at home at a too cool for school 5 de Mayo party in Chelsea or Greenpoint.

Carranza Mini - reinventing traditions $150 at Chiapas Bazaar

Carranza Mini – reinventing traditions $150 at Chiapas Bazaar

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