The following are some of our regular suppliers, all of which follow ethical purchasing guidelines.
Fair Trade Certified:
Just Us! – People and the Planet before Profit
Level Ground – We shake the hands that pick the coffee!
Other Ethically and Socially Responsible Companies:
New Internationalist Books – People, Ideas and Action for Global Justice
Kheops International – The Source for Meaningful Gifts
Phasha: The paper in Phasha’s journals is made from 100% recycled cotton which is tree free and acid free. Phasha’s journals can all be refilled. There are no harsh chemicals used in the production of Phasha’s products. The natural dye methods used avoid endangering the artisans and the environment. This product is made in India in a fair trade environment.
Partners in Mexico – Cooperatives and Families Supported Through Direct Purchasing:
Casa de las Artesanias de Oaxaca
Zeny Fuentes Woodcarving
Taller de Hojalateria Saley
Santo Tomas Jalieza Cooperative:
Off the beaten track and yet conveniently located next to a highway, the village of Santo Tomás Jalieza is a beautiful place to visit in Oaxaca’s Central Valley.
The Zapotec word jalieza means under the church. It is composed of jana (below) and lieza (church).
History: Before the arrival of the Spanish, this town had been occupied for more than one thousand years. The ceremonial center was moved three times. From 200-500 or 600 AD, Danilí Hill was the ceremonial center. It was replaced by a center built on Jialez Hill. And around 900 or 1,000 the center was moved to Ticolute Hill.
The controling powers at Monte Albán began to loose their influence around 600 or 700AD. The foundation of of the Jialez center marks a profoun change. Local noble families pulled away to establish their own kingdoms or city-states.
Cultural World: The town’s community museum is scheduled to open in the summer of 2007. It will document the history with various archaeological finds conducted by Christina Elson and Luca Casparis.
Crafts: Santo Tomás Jalieza is a quiet village that maintains a tradition of making cotton products on back-strap looms. Artisans wrap the straps of the loom around their waist and weave while the loom rests on their laps.
Among the woven goods are embroidered belts, table place mats, runners and purses.
There is a central market where most weavers work and sell their wares. This becomes particularly lively on Fridays as people visit en route to the weekly market at Ocotlán.