THE ARTISAN : MZ
In Oaxaca, Mexico, artisans working with social enterprise MZ create beautiful accessories and maintain a time-honored tradition. MZ is a short form for Manos Zapotecas, which translates to “hands of the Zapotecs,” a nod to the handmade nature of each piece. The artisans belong to one of the largest pre-Hispanic indigenous groups, the Zapotecs of Teotitlán del Valle. By working together and creating these pieces, the artisans are able to earn fair, living wages, regain financial autonomy, and support themselves and their families. Several are also able to work from home using family looms. MZ is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation.
BEHIND THE SCENES with MZ