Fashion Revolution 2020 - Meet Our Makers

April 24, 2020

Fashion Revolution 2020 - Meet Our Makers

Dear Cielo community,

This week was Fashion Revolution Week. It is a time where people all over the world come together to ask their favourite brands #whomademyclothes? Brands and retailers around the world are asked to step up and be transparent about their supply chains.

As a small business, we are so proud to work with many incredible family workshops and cooperative groups throughout Mexico and Guatemala. For us, every action we take is decided upon by our artisan partners. They decide on the production time, the cost of each individual piece, when and how they want to be paid and where they work whether it be at home, in their workshops or cooperatives. They split the income evenly among each artisan and also put money directly back into their cooperative groups and family businesses to continue growing. Majority of their designs are made with preferred fibres such as 100% cotton out of respect for the environment and made almost entirely by hand. Our artisan partners don’t work for us, in fact they also partner with many local businesses in their area and some international clients. We are so lucky to collaborate with them to share their incredible artistry with you all.

Currently many of the cooperatives we partner with have closed due to COVID-19 and smaller groups are working from home. They are all ensuring the safety of their artisans and their health is of the highest importance. We have ideas for new collections in the works so when our artisan partners are able to work together again we will make this possible. This could mean smaller quantities or a much longer production time. We will see how the current situation develops and keep you all posted with any updates.

For those who have been following our journey for a while now, you would all be familiar with the remarkable people who make our Cielo pieces. For those of you who are new to our business here are the highly skilled artisans that we are grateful to work with.

The Jolom Mayaetik Cooperative, Mexico

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Evelia from the Weaving Women of Santo Tomas Jalieza, Mexico

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Juan and Silvia's Family Workshop, Guatemala

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La Flor de Xochistlahuaca, Mexico

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Vicky of Nuestras Manos, Mexico

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Thank you all for appreciating their work and valuing ethically made pieces. Our online store is business as usual so you can shop their creations online. We are still offering FREE postage on Australian orders over $40 which you can find at the checkout. We hope that you are all well during this time and are sending our love out there to everyone.

- Skye & Moacir.






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Hola Cielo friends and family,

Today we are launching a very special collection that is so close to our hearts and we want to give you all an insight into how these pieces came to be.

We often get asked about how we connect with our artisan partners. For us, we have found most of our makers by being on the ground in Mexico or Guatemala. We do a lot of research and spend time in each community. It can be difficult to form new partnerships while living in Australia, so sometimes we come across makers via the wonders of social media.

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