The Du Xhil – San Bartolo Yautepec textile collection launches April 28 and 29 at a pop up sale and exhibition at El Diablo y La Sandia Boca del Monte in the historical center of the city of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. The textiles have been handwoven by 24 Zapotec weavers from San Bartolo Yautepec in the Sierra Sur region of the state of Oaxaca. The special launch event is the culmination of the textile design projectsponsored by the Marvin and Sylvia Rubin Family Foundation and supported by the R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund.
The craft story today is in many ways what the story of craft has always been – of artisans making use of waste, left over or found materials, of design and innovation to perform the alchemy of material transformation into a product of function and beauty, of expressing and sharing cultural and community values, and of telling the stories of each generation.
As part of a series of “fireside chats” sponsored by R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund, Hema Shroff Patel and Maddalena Forcella discussed their approach to design, heritage crafts, and their design studios. Both designers work collaboratively with highly skilled spinners, dyers, and weavers, and share a passion for the art and craft of textiles, sustainability, and improving the quality of life in their communities. Shroff Patel, founder of Amba, joined the conversation from Mumbai, India, while Forcella, founder of Madda Studio, spoke from Oaxaca, in the highlands of southern Mexico.
As part of a series of “fireside chats” sponsored by R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund, Kythzia Barrera and Rashmi Bharti spoke about the artisan-owned collective enterprises that they founded and continue to build, Colectivo 1050° and Earthcraft Self-Reliant Cooperative. Both founders define success in terms that put local stakeholders first. Rashmi Bharti spoke from Tripuradevi, in the mountain region of northern India. Barrera joined the conversation from Oaxaca, in the highlands of southern Mexico.
Series 6 of The Social Impact Pulse Podcast launches today with weekly episodes presenting interviews with entrepreneurs leading artisan enterprises from India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Mexico and Guatemala. All of the enterprises have been part of theSprout Enterprise®network and impact investment opportunities which are part of theR.I.S.E. Artisan Fund portfolio.