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

Project Report | Sep 18, 2018
Protecting the Indigenous Cultural Heritage

By Xochitl Gabriela Pellicer | Project Leader

Aguacatenango artisans
Aguacatenango artisans

Joining efforts against artisanal textile plagiarism: 

During the past months there was a disproportionate increase of the cases of plagiarism of the designs of the Mexican handmade indigenous textiles. Unfortunately in Mexico, there is no legal framework that explicitly regulates, stops or prohibits the copy of indigenous artistic representations. However the designs embodied in textiles represent the ancestral knowledge, culture, and cosmovision or worldview of the indigenous communities.

At NGO Impacto, in conjunction with the work we carried out in our "Viernes Tracional" campaign, which seeks to promote knowledge, appreciation, use and consumption of garments made by Mexican artisans, we document and make public the cases that big brands copied textiles designs that belong to indigenous communities, without giving them credit or economic compensation.

The last case in which we got focused was the one in wich Zara brand, (part of Inditex Group), incorporated into the market a garment copying the traditional embroidery elaborated by the artisans of the community of Aguacatenango, Chiapas.

Through alliances with national and international media, we are making public this situation that is affecting not only the artisans from Chiapas, but from all over the country. And we are joying efforts trying to aware people about the importance of conscious and responsible consumption.

In addition, we are promoting public advocacy to seek changes in the Mexican legal framework so that indigenous artisans can adequately protect their cultural heritage.

  

Ethical collaborations, a case of success :

 At the opposite side of brands that do not care about ethical relationship, there are also projects and designers who wish to collaborate with the artisans in a respectful and participative way.

Luis Oliver is a fashion designer designer from Mexico City, with whom Impacto provided a special workshop to the artisans of the Aldama community. This workshop consisted of generating a space of creativity, artisans and artisans together, to develop pieces of textile jewelry. Aldama, is an indigenous community known for the beauty of its textiles. The designs captured in their embroideries are loaded with iconographies and symbolisms that represent not only their cultural heritage, but also relate their way of seeing, feeling and being in the world.

One of the objectives of the workshop was to generate a correspondence between contemporary and traditional techniques. This experimental collaboration stimulated a creative exercise among artisans, artisans and designers. The exchange of knowledge was one of the main results of this shared experience.

 At the same time that the artisans developed new products, they also developed skills that will allow them to reach new markets, and open up more opportunities for their economic and self-development.

In Impacto we will continuing promoting the respect of indigeous people rights. We are convinced that a better society is established through shared effort and ethical and honest relationships. We want to thank you for your generosity that allow us to keep working on a daily basis in benefit of indigenous artisans and their communities. 

Fast Fashion VS Hand Made
Fast Fashion VS Hand Made
Luis (Designer) & Rosa (Artisan)
Luis (Designer) & Rosa (Artisan)
Textile jewerly workshop
Textile jewerly workshop
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Jun 19, 2018
From one end, to a betterment

By Xochitl Gabriela Pellicer | Project Leader

Mar 22, 2018
Time goes by so quickly when you love what you do!

By Xochitl Pellicer | Project Leader

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Organization Information

Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC

Location: San Cristobal de Las Casas - Mexico
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @impacto_adriana
Project Leader:
Scheherezada López
San Cristobal de Las Casas , Mexico
$24,594 raised of $30,000 goal
 
153 donations
$5,406 to go
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$10
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will provide for transportation costs to train an artisan in her community / proveera costos de transporte para capacitar una artesana en su comunidad
$20
USD
will provide for the development of an ad-hoc curricula including tool kits to train artisans / proveera para el desarrollo de una Curricula incluidos un kit de herramientas para una artesana
$25
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will train 1 artisan in product design and commercial practices for 1 year / proveera para la capacitacion en diseno de producto y comercial para una artesana durante un ano
$40
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will provide for a deep market and business research for the development of 1 business plan -an innovative social retail enterprise / proveera para el estudio de mercado a incluirse en plan comercial
$50
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will allow us to acquire our first high-tech mobile training center, 1 sprinter to train artisans in their communities / proveera para la compra de una sprinter de campo para capacitar a artesanas
$75
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will allow us to acquire our first mobile training center, plus state-of-the-art equipment to train artisans in their communities / proveera para el sprinter y el equipo de alta tecnologia
$100
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will equip the regional Artisans Training Center in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico / proveera recursos para la equipar el Centro de Desarrollo Regional con equipo de punta
$500
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will buy a real state to locate the NGO offices (per artisan) while serving 500 women artisans / proveera recursos para adquirir un bien inmueble para la ONG sirviendo a 500 artesanas en Los Altos
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