A dream destination for many of us, Oaxaca not only boasts a magnificent landscape, but also takes pride in its rich culture and ancestral craft traditions that are still alive today.
We made a mini film featuring the pot-making skills of the Oaxacan ceramicists. Most of them are still following the traditional production processes, during which all the work is done by hand. These techniques have been passed down from generation to generation, refined, and remained an active part in the community life.
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The sustainable production cycle of tagua nuts contributes to rainforest conservation in South America, while alleviating the threat to elephants in Africa from the ivory trade.
In the small village of Cantel, Guatemala, a group of 17 glass artisans joined together in 1976 and opened COPAVIC, the Recycled Glass Cooperative of Cantel. Their vision was clear and simple: Build a sustainable business for both the environment and the people.
With no written language, the Hmong people create intricate patterns on Batik textiles, and use them as story-telling devices. On a piece of washed and beaten fabric, skillful Hmong artisans draw intricate patterns with a pencil. They then apply hot wax on the patterns to form a dye-resist. After soaking the fabric in natural indigo and removing the wax, the dyed areas turn deep blue while the waxed areas remain in their original color, displaying a beautiful, patterned contrast.