Meet the Artisans of Artesanas Campesinas

  • Artisana Jewelry

    The artisans of Tecalpulco, Mexico have long been known for their silver and abalone jewelry. ArtCamp, short for Artesanas Campesinas (or rural female artisans), is a women-owned cooperative that continues this tradition. The group constantly introduces new methods, materials, and machinery to compete in the highly competitive jewelry market, even surviving a collapse in the marketability of their pieces in the 1990’s after jewelry from other countries flooded the US market. The artisans have become business women, understanding the importance of customer service, quality, and design. Their product range includes semi-precious stones, shells, and even tiny flowers captured in resin. Each piece is accentuated by silver alloys or precious metals, and represents the tradition of fine Mexican jewelry.

     


  • About Artesanas Campesinas

    Source: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ArtcampGuerrero/about/

    In solidarity with other traditional handicraft-producing communities. Artesanas Campesinas proposes an authentic social project as a new economic model.

    If you like the idea of knowing us, please communicate via phone or Email, our distribution is located in the State of Morelos, in the town of Tepoztlán.

    Our sisters and brothers craftsmen offer free an effective system to sell their products on the Internet.

    What we want is to unite efforts and the creativity of Mexican artisans, where every craftsman sells direct to your customer and independently without Commission.

    We are artisan farmers come on behalf of the dignity by the poor people working to keep his family producing handmade jewelry and other artifacts with cultural content.

    And we want to make very good relationships with our sisters who love our joyeriay which distributes it; We want to make a successful model for other Mexican women who are our friends and sisters, distributors; the goal is that they earn well and are also very successful in their economic lives at the same time that help creating this social project.

    THE MISSION

    The Mission of the peasant craft is the creation of conditions for the revival of a traditional local industry, creating new designs and commercial prototypes which are produced in the workshops of the people. TECALPULCO

    In the North of Guerrero in the top of a Hill this Tecalpulco, a village of 1000 souls, for generations have legends that through a passage came under the Earth from Malinalco, ancient temple of the jaguar God is carved into the rock of the mountains.

    same Temple of Tecalpulco has perfect acoustics and is built on an architecture with sacred measures. The pattern of the people, "Papa Jesús", is long known for people you rustic and is the destinaje of long processions.

    THE AGRICULTURAL ARTISANS

    Tecalpulco and the small surrounding communities of Dolores, Cerro Gordo and the Ejido. They are the colonial town of Taxco de Alarcón platera rural satellite. The traditional economy of these towns is agricultural, practiced by rainy season cultivation of beans, squash and corn.

    Contemporary peasants need money for clothing, electricity, medicine and school. Trade in handmade traditional crafts works as its method of income, for most families, home-made crafts.

    TINSMITHS

    In the years 1960, the tecalpulquenos were Tinsmiths, made elaborate masks and frames for mirrors, wire with shears. Craftsmen from used braceros home until boiling nails for welding. Other common business object of that time was the flexible, built fish of welded metal. And after abalone shell is embedded you as their scales and eyes of mother of Pearl.

    THE TOUGH INTELLIGENCE AND INEXHAUSTIBLE PATIENCE

    Tough intelligence and inexhaustible patience of peasant craftsman to create an elaborate and consumer art of time, countless hours have flowed through the handicraft products in these towns. This is a true craft, rooted in tradition of independent artisans

     


     

  • Fair Trade Matters!

    Fair Trade Organizations
    At Yoga Geek we feel that the principles of Fair Trade mirror the finest principles of the various Yoga and Meditation traditions and practices that we respect. Fair Trade is a global movement that began in the 40’s and exists now as various parallel initiatives throughout the world. Driven by the efforts of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and socially motivated individuals, Fair Trade began by providing advice, assistance and support to disadvantaged producers. Fair Trade has come to be a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.

    In keeping with the spirit of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, here are eight reasons we feel so strongly about, and are happy to be offering, Fair Trade products to our Yoga and Meditation communities:

    1. Fair Trade products are made in safe and healthy working conditions, where artisans receive a fair price and have a voice in how their workplace is run.
    2. Fair Trade embraces practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
    3. Artisans take pride in their work. Crafts are handmade, which translates into closer attention to detail and in the end higher-quality products
    4. By working through cooperative structures, Fair Trade artisans are able to invest Fair Trade earnings in their communities, improving housing, healthcare, and schools.
    5. Fair Trade products are unique to the places they come from and the people who make them. Farmers and artisans are involved in the entire process, and Fair Trade products reflect the people and cultures they come from.
    6. Fair Trade gives farmers and artisans control of their own future. They can build their own businesses, rather than working for a middleman, and the profits stay in their communities and go back into their businesses.
    7. By choosing Fair Trade products, you are not only accessing high quality products, you are making a difference in the lives of the people who grow the food you eat and/or the goods you use.
    8. Fair Trade prohibits child labor, ensures health and safety measures are established in order to avoid work-related injuries and follows International Labor Conventions (ILO). Workers are guaranteed access to healthcare and community development premiums can be used to provide greater access to /quality of healthcare and education.

     


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