Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles

by Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC
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Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles

We occupied the space set up for women in Santiago El Pinar where a Tsotsil sub-region made up of 4 groups met, 2 groups from Aldama Cabecera, 1 group from Bashantic Larrainzar and the group from the community of Choyo, Santiago El Pinar, to facilitate 2 topics in different areas which are Technical/Productive and Human Development.

The technical/productive area provided the finishing facilitation to Madalena’s group from Aldama Cabecera, which is a follow-up to the Basic Principles and Technical Data Sheet workshops. The women were told about the importance of having a certain type of finishing depending on the pieces they make. These are some of the finishes they can use when making their product: basting, straight stitch, backstitch, chain stitch, scapular stitch, scalloped, overcasting, invisible stitch, and hemming. The women were taught the importance of making certain types of finishes depending on the pieces they make and were taught different types such as: basting, straight stitch, backstitch, chain stitch, scapular stitch, scalloped, overcasting, invisible stitch, hemstitch. These are some of the finishes they can use when making a product.

In another room of the house, a facilitation on Human Development, Self-Esteem for Entrepreneurs, was given to the artisans, explaining the importance of having good self-esteem for effective entrepreneurship. The three groups of social entrepreneurship met with the objective of reinforcing the security they should have as entrepreneurs, explaining that there are always obstacles in the way and for that reason they should be more confident in what they do, to know the importance of the work they do and not be dominated by insecurity and fear, that as women they can achieve the objective proposed as a group. In this facilitation they were shown a video showing a work experience and that they are now independent entrepreneurs, paying their own expenses and managing their own needs as a society. 

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Human development workshop
Human development workshop

Human Development

In these months we have elaborated with all the care measures some facilitations with the following topics: conflict resolution, teamwork, and self-esteem in the communities of Chojchow and Tsajalch'en belonging to the municipality of San Juan Cancuc; Aguacatenango municipality of Venustiano Carranza; Amatenango del Valle; Yaxjemel municipality of Chenalhó, Cabecera de Aldama, Choyó in Santiago El Pinar and Basahantic of the municipality of San Andrés Larráinzar.
Through these spaces we were able to reaffirm the importance of teamwork, it is always better to work collectively, we like to see how the different groups of artisans have managed to organize and support each others. We also saw the importance of thaving tools for conflict resolution that can serve them and above all that they can put them into practice when they need them.


Collaborations

Within the area of collaboration we continue to knock and open doors in order to continue with the economic reactivation of the groups of women artisans with whom we work, currently we have collaborations of different designers and projects  with the groups of artisans of Aguacatenango, Huxtán, Chenalo, Chamula, Bochilté, Santiago el Pinar and Tzajalchen, these collaborations give dignified work to approximately 173 women artisans. We continue working for the economic reactivation of women artisans in the highlands of Chiapas.

Productive technical area

Three groups of craftswomen in the community of Aguacatenango were trained in basic principles, learning how to use the tape measure and read the technical sheets. This new knowledge will help them improve aspects such as the precision of measurements and the reading of instructions for their application in the development of products.

In addition, with the women's group "Ajan" (which means corn producers) from the community of Ucuntic in the municipality of Chamula and Moni, a volunteer from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes studying fashion design in clothing and textiles, they worked on a process of experimentation with natural dyes.
Both Moni and Felipa, a member of the AJAN group, shared their knowledge through several sessions and showed the rest of the group different techniques for dyeing natural fibers with the objective of continuing and adding tools so that fellow artisans can improve or give a plus to their embroidery.

Little by little, even with all the measures of care, we continue with the different processes together with the Artisan Women of the Highlands of Chiapas. We continue with the commitment to continue accompanying their way both technically, psycho-emotional and with the work of sensitizing people about the importance of the artisanal work done by these women who in addition to preserving the ancestral knowledge, give support to their family and community.

Tape measure workshop
Tape measure workshop
Felipa and Moni sharing their knowledge
Felipa and Moni sharing their knowledge
Felipa pulling out her yarns dyed with local plant
Felipa pulling out her yarns dyed with local plant
drying the threads
drying the threads
results of the experimentation process
results of the experimentation process

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Silvia in the office arranging the raw material
Silvia in the office arranging the raw material

Human Development Area

Within the area of Human Development we have been working on the methodology of our Women's Circle with the objective of making the women feel that this is their space, a space of trust.In addition, we have reflected on the importance of maintaining constant communication cel phone  with all women artisans,  for us it has been a way to accompany them, accompany us and stay in the territory generating confidence and strengthening our organizational relationship with the groups of artisans.The management and control of emotions, self-esteem, teamwork and conflict resolution, is of most  importance  to move forward and achieve things individually and colective  in our  work in pandemics time. 

 

Technical-productive area

Within the technical-productive area we have reorganized the area especially production processes and every day we are improving. With all the care measures suggested by the health institutions we have.

1. We have been improving the coordination with the groups of artisans seeking to optimize the spaces of technical-productive training, giving individual advice to solve directly the doubts that appear throughout the process.
2. We have been searching for suppliers of quality raw materials in order to increase the quality of the products.
3. We shared the workshop of basic principles with the group of women Pasbil ta k'abal of the cominity of  Aguacatenango, in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza. This workshop has as main objective,  to learn the use of the tape measure, in this space we could observe an ease in the use of the tape measure, since most of the craftswomen already know and use the tape to elaborate their products. We were also able to see the teamwork and empathy that this group has; the craftswomen who could read and write supported the craftswomen who could not write, these actions help to strengthen the bonds between the members of the group.

 Commercial Collaborations

we continue to work in this area, being a bridge between designers and craftswomen, through ethical and respectful processes of collaboration.

In the community of Choyó, in the municipality of Santiago el Pinar, the collaboration with the designer Andrea Velasco continues, currently working with the combination of colors, they are using a new color palette. More artisans of this group are learning to make pieces innovating in the techniques for the elaboration of new models.

With the group of women artisans from Aldama, we  did some  experimentation with light weaving to produce canvases of different sizes for Grupo Jolc.

In Aguacatenango, in collaboration with Mi Golondrina, we made samples mixing different stitches. Making a new design motivates the artisans to do different things, these processes help strengthen teamwork.

We started planning in the community of Ucuntuc, Chamula the IES Moda Casa de Francia project for the Nuno felting workshop and use of natural dyes. The artisans are happy and very interested in the proposal because they will learn to use lamb's wool in a different and innovative way. Felipa offered to share her knowledge of dyeing with dyes, now the group of artisans began with the identification and collection of different plants, types of mosses and tree shells for the dyeing workshop with natural dyes.

 

Economic Reactivation

Now, in this context, it is essential to continue working with the economic reactivation of the artisan sector, we continue looking for projects that allow us to do so, such as the Ensamble Artesano initiative in which we continue working, now more from a sales perspective of all the pieces made for this collection whose objective was to support groups of craftswomen.
Impacto in collaboration with 133 craftswomen participated in this initiative, elaborating innovative products using ancestral techniques from the highlands of Chiapas.

in the tape measure workshop
in the tape measure workshop
Maria weaves on backstrap loom for Ensamble Artesa
Maria weaves on backstrap loom for Ensamble Artesa
Cushion made by Maria for Ensamble Artesano
Cushion made by Maria for Ensamble Artesano
Xunka working at Impacto office
Xunka working at Impacto office

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artisan women of the tsajalche group
artisan women of the tsajalche group

 

Human development area.

Because we are still whit the Covid19 pandemic no workshops had been held in the human development area.
We Continue to monitoring the situation in the communities that we work, and we keep sending information to the  women, about  Covid19 and health measures.
A Webinar was held by one of us, on August 19, in the Seminar on Gender and Territory ”focused on explaining the value chain and the importance of artisan work in the Highlands of Chiapas.”

Technical-productive area

We are working on a new curriculum for workshops for “ new products”

Commercial Collaborations Area

With all the care and prevention measures, using the health protocols of covid 19, little by little we are carrying out activities for the economic reactivation of the artisanal sector.

In Aguacatenango community the brand "My Golondrina" supported the artists whit some pointers, at the same time in the collaboration area, we restart a production of embroidered blouses whit the group “La flor Tradicional”.

In the community of Huixtan we began making samples for a production of hand embroidered tablecloths and napkins. In the communities of Chamula and Chenlahó we began a production of 
pijamas. In Santiago El Pinar and Tsajalch’en in collaboration whit Andrea Velasco we have been working on  Andrea's FONCA project, whit exceptional results, we hope later on we can start the production whit the samples.
We continue working on the production, taking photo products,  doing the shipments of Ensamble Artesano, a social project that seeks economic reactivation in the artisan sector. In these projects we are working with women from Aguacatenango, Aldama, San Juan Cancuc, Zinacantán, Hustán. The products made for this project are ready, you can see them on Ensamble Artesano webpage.
Achievements
We are very happy to be able to move forward, the pandemic has made us reinvent ourselves, look for new tools to continue our work.
We are glad, to see the results that we have been obtained, as an  example of that, are  the product of “Ensamble Artesano”, we can see the women have appropriated the knowledge shared in the different workshops and that can be seen in the pieces made by each of them.
embroidering by hand in aguacatenango
embroidering by hand in aguacatenango
working at the office
working at the office
our products on the Ensamble Artesano page
our products on the Ensamble Artesano page
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Human Development Area

We stopped continuous visits to the communities in March due to the COVID-19 contingency. However, we have been working to generate content for the upcoming workshops on "Dreams and visions: self-esteem, conflict resolution, leadership". We have placed emphasis on improving the methodology and tools.

Communication has been maintained with different groups of artisans to know how they feel about the pandemic and to keep them informed about the steps they must follow to take care of themselves. In addition, videos, audios and posters have been shared in Tsotsil or Tseltal to update them with the information. We organize food collection to support the most vulnerable communities and economically affected by the health contingency: Aldama, Santiago El Pinar, San Juan Cancuc, Huixtán, Mitontic and Larráinzar.

Technical-productive area

In collaboration with the commercial collaboration area, workshops to manufacture facemasks have been held in two communities: Tenejapa and Huixtán (small workshops have been held each week and we have carried them out wih the necessary health measures).

 Commercial Collaborations Area

We sought for  economic reactivation through the proposal "Artisan Assembly", during these three months it has been carried out with artisans from Venustiano Carranza (Aguacatenango), San Juan Cancuc (Tsajalch'en, Barrio Abajo and Chojchow), Aldama (group of men ) and Zinacantán.

 In Aguacatenango samples have been made for subsequent productions in collaboration with the brand "Mi Golondrina". With Andrea Velasco a virtual group was created to work on a project with the artisans where each one made a sample of products (shorts, girl's dress, boy's shirt, pajamas and blouse). 

 Achievements

Artisans have accepted the information provided in Covid-19 and are carrying out prevention measures.A s for the production of facemasks, it was a new experience and they put into practice the sewing knowledge of previous workshops of the Technical-Productive area. Teamwork and good organization for the creation of these pieces became evident in this case. And finally, it meant a source of economic income for artisans.

With the groups of San Juan Cancuc, Huixtán and Santiago El Pinar, the collaboration with Andrea Velasco was virtually continued. The result was satisfactory because they have adapted to this new way of working.

We are happy and satisfied because there has been an opportunity to learn new digital tools to continue the work. Furthermore, we are highly motivated to continue creating and accompanying these processes.

 

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