THE ARTISAN : MACVILHO
Macvilho was founded by a group of seven women artisans between the ages of 18 and 50 from the Mexican state of Chiapas. Through the creation of decorative accents and textiles, the artisans have preserved traditional Mayan techniques. Modern machinery is not used at any stage of the production cycle. Recently, the artisan co-operative has began integrating male artisans to focus on physically demanding tasks. The incorporation of men into the operation has improved the relationship between couples, strengthening communication, support, and understanding between men and women, thus promoting gender equity. This supportive environment of reciprocity has helped to advance the well-being of entire families, as the entrepreneurial collaboration between men and women allows artisans to generate small savings and improve their nutrition. Selling their goods to a global audience creates more employment opportunities for the artisans at Macvilho, allowing them to lead better lives supplemented by the additional income.
BEHIND THE SCENES with Macvilho
QUESTION:In your opinion what makes this group's production unique?
ANSWER: Everything we make, we try and make it in the best way possible to make a high quality product.
QUESTION:Where do you source your materials and what is the importance of the material’s quality?
ANSWER: We work with yarn, sheep wool, cotton and natural dyes. We source them from San Cristobal de las Casas. We check that the distaff, strings, and threads are all of good quality.
QUESTION:Why is it important for consumers to know the story behind the making of your products?
ANSWER:So that they can appreciate the work we are making.
QUESTION:Who are the artisans who make the pom poms?
ANSWER:Grupo Macvilho consists of seven women between the ages of 18 and 50.
QUESTION:How long does it take to make one garland?
ANSWER:Depending on the size, approximately 3 days.
QUESTION:What is the technique being used?
ANSWER:We do not use any type of machinery everything is made by hand.
QUESTION:How are the lives of the women who form part of this group impacted?
ANSWER:We are able to have more work, which allows us to lead better lives. Some of the women also work in the field where we care for our sheep and make our own clothes.