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

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

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The Buyerarchy of Needs (with apologies to Maslow…)

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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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It´s fun to show off our cool Mexican blouses on #viernestradicional

Our best-selling Margarita blouse in hunter green with beige hand embroidery. Exquisite hand-detailing – we are in love with these blouses! Super light weight and great for summa-summa-summa time! And yes, our dog Wembley likes to dress up too! #wembleyforever

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It´s fun to show off our cool Mexican blouses on #viernestradicional

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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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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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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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The Alternative Engagement Ring

Un anillo de compromiso alternativo 

I’m not really a diamond gal.  I wasn’t dreaming of the cut or the size of my ring before I got engaged.  I wanted something simple, beautiful, and most importantly, meaningful and symbolic.

amber engagement ring

Faceted amber set in white gold – handmade in Chiapas, Mexico

We decided on using one of the few organic gemstones in existence, a 25 million year old tree resin that is found in a few places in the world, one of which happens to be the state where my fiancé was born and raised.  We chose a piece of faceted amber and had it mounted as a solitaire in white gold by a local artisan. 

We love the way it turned out, its uniqueness, and that it comes from organic materials and was locally made in Chiapas. 

The artisan who made the ring kept repeating, “It is a true jewel, no one else will have something like this.

What do you think?  Would you forgo the traditional diamond for a custom made piece with a natural “stone”? 

A solitaire amber engagement ring from Chiapas, Mexico

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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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