THERE Volume 1 Winter 2014 | A MINZUU Journal
Editor's Note
THERE AND NOW

When strangers become friends, success joins along.

Hoping to create a socially conscious lifestyle brand, we started MINZUU in the summer of 2014. We envisioned to gather a small crowd sharing the same passion for global culture, traditional craft, and community empowerment, but discovered – with great joy – a surprisingly large number of groups spread out in almost every corner of the world doing amazing work to revive cultural heritage and to improve livelihoods for local makers.

So we wanted to share with you the best of what we see. This quarterly e-journal titled “There” features original designs, authentic craftsmanship, successful business stories, and all other emerging phenomena where the traditional and the modern meet intertwined: right there, right now.

It is our belief that a globalized world doesn’t have to be homogeneous, but rather, it presents plenty of opportunities to deepen our understandings of one another. It cultivates an appreciation of things as they are – and true friendship starts from there.




Mexico
A RICH CULTURE OF POT MAKING
in more than 70 pottery villages, for hundreds of years


COLECTIVO 1050°

bringing together designers, artists, and artisans 


United Kingdom
LILIANA OVALLE: THE SINKHOLE PROJECT
a collaboration between the London-based artist and Colectivo 1050°


India

MELA ARTISANS: LET THE FESTIVAL BEGIN
a fast-growing social enterprise touching the lives of artisans