We are Moacir & Skye and together we are Cielo Collective.
Cielo: [ pronounced: See – eh – lo ], is Spanish for heaven or sky ( hint-hint: Skye ) and it can also be a place or state of supreme happiness ( or least it is for me ) - Moacir
With a mutual love for tradition, creativity and human connection, we personally travel to artisan villages throughout Mexico and Guatemala. Here we develop and source beautifully handcrafted pieces created by highly skilled artisans.
Residing in the stunning Sunshine Coast of Australia, our pieces resonate with our coastal lifestyle and are essentials for wandering the globe, a cosy corner in your home or for days by the sea.
We have a passion and love for the traditional artistic processes of artisans throughout Mexico and Guatemala. It is our goal to share this beauty, skill and spirit with you so that you can develop a deeper appreciation for their art and their culture.
We want you to not only value each design but also the hands that made them. To do this, we proudly share the details of all of our artisan partners, who are members of established weaving cooperatives and small family businesses.
Each of their unique designs are made in their own homes, workshops or cooperative groups and they decide the value of their creations. Our focus is on making sustainable partnerships so that we can support these amazing craftsmen and women into the future.
Mision Mexicoprovides a loving, secure family home for children of all ages who have been abused, neglected, orphaned or abandoned, and mostly from backgrounds of extreme poverty. Opened by Australians Pam and Alan Skuse, Mision Mexico has been changing lives in Tapachula, Chiapas, through love, life and hope since 2001.
Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #EachforEqual where “we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world”.
Today we are launching another stunning collection that celebrates the traditions of natural dyes. We are releasing a range of handwoven one of a kind huipiles made by women from La Flor de Xochistlahuaca, Mexico. This incredible cooperative is comprised of 27 Amuzgo women who weave traditional designs from their community with the purpose of rescuing, preserving and promoting their ancestral techniques of spinning and dyeing.
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.