On August 23rd, designer Ximena Rozo brought her brand new home collection to the 67th United Nations DPI NGO Conference, demonstrating the design and craftsmanship of Colombian artisans as part of a speech on the power of women working together.
Consisting of pillows, rugs, lamp shades, and baskets, Ximena's home collection is entirely handcrafted at artisan cooperatives throughout Colombia, using only natural materials native to each region - wool, fique, and palm leaves.
"This collection is about empowerment," says Ximena. "I strive to empower artisans in my homeland, and these designs are the way to bring their skill set, my vision, and creativity to life."
Themed “We the Peoples... Together Finding Global Solutions for Global Problems”, the UN DPI NGO Conference invited some 2,000 representatives from more than 500 NGOs in over 100 countries this year. It concluded with the pledge to “uplift those whose human rights are most under threat and to protect our planet by living in harmony with nature,” committing to foster people-centered multilateralism to address global challenges.
We're launching our exclusive pieces made in collaboration with Ximena in a few weeks. Stay tuned!
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