The heart of Abrazo Style is the amazing collection of artisans who weave, embroider, and sew our products. Below is a collection of photos from Oaxaca and Chiapas that introduces some of the people who create the beautiful, handcrafted, fairly traded products we offer. Stay tuned as we add more images and stories.
Master embroiderer Rebeca working on one of our favorite summer tees.
Backstrap weaving in the highlands of Chiapas. Here, women carefully weave our Altos Infinity scarf.
Carmen and her husband José collaborate with Abrazo to create virtually all of our hand woven products. She comes from a long line of weavers in Mitla, Oaxaca. It is relatively rare for women to weave on the pedal loom due to its physicality. Here she is weaving our Carmen scarf.
Their home workshop in their shady garden is filled with traditional floor pedal looms which require a great deal of time to thread and prepare for the actual weaving process.
José is filling spindles with thread, used in the weaving process. They combine thread colors to create unique tones and effects in the weaving.
José using the same techniques as generations of weavers before him.
Efrain, our Mexico manager, and Rebeca, master embroiderer, collaborate closely to bring our hand embroidered, fairly traded products to our customers.
Emiliano, master weaver from Mitla, Oaxaca, is a third generation Zapotec weaver who has passed his tradition on to his sons and continues to create fine works.
Paty, expert embroiderer and indispensable Abrazo team member, manages an embroidery group and creates finely embroidered products for our socially conscious customers.
Our San Pablo Etla embroidery group.
Alex teaching a workshop for weaving our handmade Etla totes. He travels to different communities teaching the technique so that we may offer job opportunities in remote communities of Oaxaca.
Weavers of our totes in a remote Mixe region of Oaxaca.
An Abrazo embroidery workshop where local women train to work with us.
Felipe from Oaxaca City has a thriving jewelry business. He creates all of our natural seed and stone jewelry, collecting many of the seeds himself. His designs can be found in stores along popular pedestrian routes of the city.