The Story Behind Our Most Popular Piece
At Cielo, all of our designs are made by hand and we think that it is so important to share where they are made, why they are made and who they are made by. We want every customer to have an understanding of where our designs come from, to realise their value and as a result cherish our pieces forever. This is the beauty of slow fashion. You can develop appreciation for the makers and form a connection with that person through their creations.
Today I am sharing the creators of our Jalieza designs. The Weaving Women of Santo Tomas Jalieza were the first artisans that we met when we started Cielo. We flew into Oaxaca City and within days stumbled upon their mud brick building. Their space was surrounded by rolling hills and was so far off the beaten track it was hard to find. There was not a person in sight and as we walked up the steep incline we asked ourselves, how did tourists find this place? How did they sell their designs in a place that was so rural?
As we walked into the co-op we could see beautifully textured textiles draped over the walls while bright coloured bags were hung up against the mud brick. We met Humberta and Betty as they were weaving in one of the rooms and the rest is history! The following days were spent meeting with Evelia, the co-op director, we began sourcing, had quality control discussions, taught the team how to post internationally and worked on different colour ways all while simply growing our relationship.
We soon learned that the Weaving Women of Santo Tomas Jalieza was born from a collective vision. Women in their community wanted to help support their families while preserving their indigenous Zapotec traditions. There is little work for women in Santo Tomas Jalieza and this was the perfect way to generate an income for them, to give themselves indepence, purpose and a supportive space where women could come together. No middle men, they could sell their pieces at local artisan fairs and to visitors without relying on anyone else. Now the co-op consists of 50 females who create designs that are a modern take on their traditional textiles.
Over the past 2 years we have curated and created a divine neutral collection of table runners, belts, clutches and bags. Our Jalieza Clutches have also become our most popular piece! We source handcrafted pom poms and tassels from our artisan partners, Jolom Mayaetik to pair with each bag. We also make sure to stock a range of one of a kind colourful designs, because we know how many of you love a colour pop.
The Jalieza Clutches are always go to gifts for our customers, with many returning for their 2nd, 3rd or 4th clutch. Gifting a unique piece that was made ethically feels good, but it also such a thoughtful gift to receive. One that will be remembered and cherished forever. Thank you for thinking of us when shopping for your loved ones and know that you are supporting the wonderful women of Santo Tomas Jalieza.
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- Skye & Moacir.
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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.