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Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico

by MANOS QUE RECONSTRUYEN OAXACA A.C.
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Productive, Healing Center for Women in Mexico
Don German, the last huarachero of Ixtaltepec
Don German, the last huarachero of Ixtaltepec

The year is passing by so fast and we are already in the middle of 2019! Even we have been publishing about the mural route, as you remember, the main project of our community center is the organization and execution of crafts workshops. That's why today we want to share with you, two great successful workshops that had ended now.

In our village there are representative artisans guards of the crafts knowledge, this kind of arts and trades are the economical sustain for many families, but what is more important for us is that they are part of the culture and traditions. Sadly this knowledge is not longer been passed from generation to generation, everyday youth are less interested in learning crafts, guards are older and the sense of pertinence is broken therefore  the cultural foothold it’s more deteriorated. 

One of this important crafts is the saddlery or traditional shoe maker, we called it “huarachero” which is a type of leather sandals. Don German is the last huarachero in our village and one of the last in the whole region. He is 74 years old and learned his craft since he was 15. “I used to have more courage but now I can't compete with the shoe industry, I even use recycled airplane tires for the soles but what we need are more hands pushing this traditional art and maintain quality”, he told us. Fortunately, the workshop has been a success and the results were wonderful because the participants were originally from four different communities. They learned to do basic shoe models by adding innovation, at the end as a way of community solidarity  they donate the shoes to elder people of the town. If you ask you can get some huaraches from Don German too, just write to us.

The second workshop was creating family orchards. We have the conviction that backyard kitchen-gardens should be taught in any educational institution in any levels. Above all this, orchards were the power supply of many other traditional crafts of the natives cultures, like traditional and herbal medicine, food  preserves, traditional cook and other self-sufficient consumption activities typical of original cultures. Iris Pinon, was the teacher of this workshop in which 5 families assisted, they learned about compost, germination, transplant and crop combinations. When we asked Iris what was the relation between this workshop and traditional crafts she told us “In human history agriculture was what made us sedentary, we stopped being nomads and we began to love our land, that is why the orchards are the basis of community foothold.”

Wait the next week for news about the last mural, guess what it is about! Here is the lead: it’s made of corn but its not tortilla. Well, these were the good great news, we are very grateful to you... we can’t believe all the progress that has been achieved with your support! Warm regards!

Isa
Isa's final project model
Silvia
Silvia's final project model
Seed germination practice
Seed germination practice
Composting practice
Composting practice

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"Story of bricks" by @soy_anniemal
"Story of bricks" by @soy_anniemal

Hi! Guess what? We have three great colorful news for you.... we have new works on the tourist route of traditional crafts murals.

The first one was made by the artists Aida Corres and Jazel Cabrera, they were inspired by a whole family dedicated to traditional party crafts.  Including mother and son crafts. Roberto makes papel picado which is colorful type of decorative paper cut with forms and letters. The mural also represents Jesús who is part of “El Muuni” which is the traditional music band conformed of drums, cymbals and flutes. And finally, the mural also includes traditional crystalized fruits of the region made by Nereida, the mother of the family.

“We are very happy because the mural includes the trades of all our family, we are part of the most beautiful traditions which are the community parties, now people look for us more often” said Nereida when saw the mural finished. 

In our region peanut it’s a very important crop but only five families remain harvesting and selling it, that’s why we included this craft in the mural route. Came Moreno, the author of the second mural called his work “The peanut house” and added on it a representation of curados, traditional fermented drink. “People comes and take pictures of the mural, they always buy peanut snacks”, said Don Martín, the peanut man, who prepares peanut in all its versions: chili, sweetened, salty… 

The third new is about brickers, during the earthquake, brick makers activated their trades because people needed to rebuild their homes. Brick demand increased so much that outsider bricks are offering lower prices consequently local brick makers’ economy is being threatened. That’s why Anel and Jona, made a mural in tribute to this honorable trade. This mural tells the story of how the knowledge of making bricks was transmitted from generation to generation, from the grandfather to the father and the father to his sons and so on. 

Well, these results are amazing, YOU made this possible. Local people is so grateful that they want to meet you people, because your support keep us going.

"Isthmus sweet celebration"by @aidalaida & @jz_arq
"Isthmus sweet celebration"by @aidalaida & @jz_arq
"The peanut house" by @camemoreno
"The peanut house" by @camemoreno
"Papel picado" tradition
"Papel picado" tradition

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Iris and Rosa, embroidery and dress made by them
Iris and Rosa, embroidery and dress made by them

Thanks to you, the Healing Center opened its doors to one of the most representative traditional crafts: traditional embroidery. The achievements have been outstanding.

Over time, Oaxaca's communities have tried to preserve traditional crafts, unfortunately, everyday more of them are forgotten and with that oblivion, our roots are buried too. While craftswomen focus their energy on saving the knowledge, the textile market evolves and it has been increasingly difficult to compete with local artisans. We identified this weakness in our community so we decided to create opportunities via training and finding ways to improve their quality.

This time we were lucky to receive a specialist in patterns and clothing design, this could sound crazy but one of the biggest quality weakness of our traditional embroidery pieces is the stitching and the design. So we thought: "get the artisans out of the box! let them make art proposals!". Thanks to you the women of the productive center can make better creations.

Fashion designer and plastic artist, Frida Arellano, came to our village last February to train five preselected women in an intensive workshop. The results were amazing, women learned how to take measures, create patterns and designs for blouses and dresses.

"We have a lot of ideas for our work but when we are looking for a dressmaker who sews well, we always fail... our clients want quality, the details matters. Our embroidery took us hours, but if the piece has a detached thread, it loses value" said Iris, one of the members of the weaving cooperatives that was born from the traditional workshops of Manos Que Reconstruye Oaxaca.

Words are not enough to express how grateful we are. You are not only a guardian of traditional productive crafts but a creator of opportunities. Surprises and great advances are coming, we can't wait to share them with you!

Pattern and clothing design workshop
Pattern and clothing design workshop
Dress with traditional embroidery
Dress with traditional embroidery
Measures for clothing pattern
Measures for clothing pattern
Traditional Healer Mural by Sune Nesu
Traditional Healer Mural by Sune Nesu

We started this year with a lot of aspirations. Thanks to the support of all of you through GlobalGiving! The productive healing workshops for women are about to begin, but for now we wanted to share the first finished mural of 2019!

Antonio, with stage name Sune Nesu, is a mexican artist whose technic astonished us, so we invited him to collaborate with our project "Bringing back Ixtaltepec colours". Antonio's mural is the 10th of the mural route, which goal is to create a social touristic route for Ixtaltepec economy reactivation. This community was devastated by the earthquakes of 2017, and where we established our Healing Center. All the murals of the project must be inspired in a traditional craft of the local culture, and they are made over the front wall of a living representative person of the community, whose income depends on a traditional craft.

"The name of my mural is "El alebrije", I decided to paint a feline because Eduardo, the owner of the mural, told me that he learned how to be a traditional healer because of his grandfather, who was known in the town as "The tiger". I included some bones in the inner part so people can identify which craft is the mural about", Antonio explains.

Eduardo, head of family of 8 members, is a well known traditional healer of the area. During the earthquake they lost their home so they started over since then.

"People know me as bonesetter ("huesero" in spanish), I studied as a chiropractor but I know that my patients heal because they have faith, so I am glad the mural represents what the community believe in. " Eduardo told us.

Your support had made this growth possible, thanks for believing that there are many ways of recovering from a disaster. To restructure the entire social cohesion, hearts must be healed too. We hope this 2019 amazes us with more great murals like this!

Eduardo
Eduardo's wall before the mural
Local volunteer painting
Local volunteer painting
Mural route for economic reactivation
Mural route for economic reactivation
 

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