Artesanas Campesinas (ArtCamp) – founded in 1991- a Mexican rural women’s artisan cooperative . First of all, these village of craftswomen work together to create handmade jewelry. Even more, ArtCamp unites their efforts and the creativity of Mexican artisans. And all using traditional techniques learned from their grandparents.
Most noteworthy, ArtCamp unites the women of many villages. For example Tecalpulco, Taxco El Viejo and Dolores. Due to the traditional economy of these towns which is agricultural the cultivation of beans, squash and corn is practiced in rainy seasons. For the reason that peasants need money for clothing, electricity, medicine and school trade in homemade traditional crafts provide much needed additional income.
Cirina Lugo Bahena from ArtCamp
An artisan from Artesanas Campesinas Cirina Lugo Bahena – 57 years old – visits the sick and the old ones regularly. Her dream is that her son gets a good job. And that he will be able to fix her house which is falling. She describes ArtCamp as ‘dreamy women tied to a small circle where one achieves their aspirations’.
Certainly, Cirina loves to wear the jewelry she makes herself. For example when she goes to the mass, to a rosary or a community civic program. Also she doesn’t use machines when making her jewelry. But she makes them the old fashioned way. Because all the parents and grandmothers of ArtCamp were artisans. And they continue the tradition that was left to them. Most noteworthy, Cirina sometimes gets inspired by her dreams. And if not, the inspiration comes after a black coffee.
Another fun fact about Cirina is that her favorite jewelry are The Sitting Cat of Twenty Colors and some shell earrings of the Pacific Sea with flowers. Therefore we’ve selected our favorite ‘cat’ jewerly for you:
Due to the striking colors in the jewelry customers are drawn to ArtCamp. For the reason that mosaic is the product of specialized work Mosaic stone earrings are a customers’ favorite. And women can’t stop buying them. As a result we put together 3 amazing mosaic earrings for you. The colors are just remarkable and did you know that so many different colors could look that good in one earring?
Certainly, there is much more to discover about Artesanas Campesinas. So visit their shop and learn more about these creative artisans. Also have a look at their collection of earrings, bracelets and rings. And be surprised by all the great colors!