WeAreChilpa

Authentic Mexican crafts with a contemporary twist

London, United Kingdom · 287 Sales

WeAreChilpa

Authentic Mexican crafts with a contemporary twist

London, United Kingdom 287 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   Fairly traded, ethical & handmade Mexican products made with love.
At Chilpa we believe that artisanal products don't have to be kitsch or old fashioned. So we collaborate with Mexican artisans to create new products that bring colour and Mexican style to everyone's lives. Our homewares and accessories are designed in the UK with a contemporary lifestyle in mind.

Mexican at heart, our products are rich in detail and quality and incorporating centuries-old artisanal techniques with contemporary design. Our aim is to highlight the skill of the artisans we work with and the beauty in traditional craft.

We trade directly with the artisans and promote sustainable employment by paying a fair price for their work.

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Last updated on Nov 27, 2017

Fairly traded, ethical & handmade Mexican products made with love.
At Chilpa we believe that artisanal products don't have to be kitsch or old fashioned. So we collaborate with Mexican artisans to create new products that bring colour and Mexican style to everyone's lives. Our homewares and accessories are designed in the UK with a contemporary lifestyle in mind.

Mexican at heart, our products are rich in detail and quality and incorporating centuries-old artisanal techniques with contemporary design. Our aim is to highlight the skill of the artisans we work with and the beauty in traditional craft.

We trade directly with the artisans and promote sustainable employment by paying a fair price for their work.

Maru

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Another Chilpa scarf ready to head out into the wide world!
All of our papel picado (Mexican bunting) is made by hand by the Reynoso brothers from Puebla, Mexico. It's an amazing process and something that's been in the family for three generations.
All our wool scarves are made using natural dyes, like these flower petals used by the Hernandez family from Oaxaca, Mexico.

About

Handmade Mexican products with a conscience

Chilpa was born in 2014 in Nunhead, London.

Our products are designed in the UK (most of them) but made by Mexican artisans, with the aim of incorporating traditional craft techniques into a contemporary lifestyle. We also work in partnership with the artisans to promote traditional Mexican weaving techniques and rebozos.

All the rebozos are made in the traditional method on a foot treadle loom, using organic dyes where possible and cotton of the best quality, often in small home-based workshops. Although time consuming, this method is eco-friendly and has a minimal environmental impact. We use these same rebozos to create our range of bags and purses, ensuring every part of the fabric is used and there is no waste.

Recently we formed a partnership with makers of paper bunting and a cooperative of women from the Otomi community who make hand-embroidered cushions. Together, we have transformed their designs into beautiful and unique products for the home.

We're bucking the trend by clearly labelling every item we sell with the name & picture of it's maker, because we believe their stories & knowledge should be recognised.

At Chilpa we believe in giving back to the community and we're proud to be a social enterprise, donating part of all our profits to a fund established to preserve this tradition within the community. Our aim is to provide training and skills for younger generations of artisans.

For more about Mexico and rebozos, visit our blog:
www.chilpa.co.uk

Shop members

  • Maru

    Owner, Manager, Designer

    My passion for slow fashion & desire to promote Mexican artisans led me to found Chilpa in 2013. My background in visual arts allows me to come up with contemporary designs that we marry with traditional crafts from Mexico.

  • Joel

    Marketer, Co-founder

    Joel is the co-founder of Chilpa and has a background in advertising. He is responsible for all Chilpa marketing.

  • Luis

    Master Weaver, Designer

    Luis is the only one of 11 siblings who decided to carry on making rebozos. He has been making them all his life, eventually perfecting the technique. Within Chilpa, he is our rebozo expert, ensuring our ideas can be brought to life on a loom.

  • Luisa

    Seamstress

    Luis' wife helps create our bags, snoods and other creations.

Production partners

  • Adolfo - weaver

    Tenancingo, Mexico

    Adolfo has been a rebozo weaver since he was a young boy and he has won many awards in Mexico for his own designs. For Chilpa, he makes small rebozos in our own exclusive designs.

  • Arturo Hernandez

    Oaxaca, Mexico

    Arturo creates beautiful pieces in wool and cotton. He learnt to weave from his grandmother, and has been doing so since he was a small boy.

  • Reynoso family

    Puebla, Mexico

    Roberto and his family have been making paper bunting for a long time. They love experimenting with new intricate designs - Roberto once carved an Aztec Calendar onto a sheet of plastic - a feat that took more than a week!

  • Luis R

    Tenancingo, Mexico

    Luis is a renowned rebozo weaver and member of WeAreChilpa. He started making rebozos when he was very young.

  • Otomi Cooperative

    Tenango, Mexico

    We work with one of the only cooperatives of women from the Otomi community. Each makes exclusive embroideries for us, which we later turn into beautiful items.

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