I am so pleased to announce that we are working with The Sacred Story Weavers to bring a small range of their beautiful and unique products to the Misfit store!
Who are ‘Sacred Story Weavers’?
The Scared Story Weavers is a social impact project serving the indigenous communities surrounding San Cristobal, Mexico (where the Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Mayan, and Ch’ol people reside.) The mission of the Sacred Weavers movement is to improve the quality of life and conserve the original ways of living of these Indigenous communities. Their primary source of income comes from growing their coffee, cacao, hand weaving and other handmade artisanal goods. Since their commercial outlets are limited, they often struggle to sell enough to support themselves and their families in meaningful ways.
In partnership with The Sacred Weavers project, we strive to uplift these communities by providing a conscious, fair trade channel for them to sell their goods and bring awareness of their lives to the rest of the world.
The ‘Sacred Story Weavers’ network was founded by my friend Valerie Karla. While travelling through her native country of Mexico Valerie listened to countless stories of the beautiful people in remote villages and towns, each rooted in their rich cultural traditions, and living in a way that is in balanced with Mother Earth.
She found that they often struggle to keep warm in the winter and provide three meals a day for their families. She also noticed that the artisans, particularly the women, spend their days selling their products as ambulant vendors on the streets, often with their young children circling around or selling bracelets. Their brightly coloured storytelling tapestries draped over their shoulders and wrapped in shawls that were tied around their backs, filled with more merchandise or a younger baby.
Valerie understood that these were people who had preserved the origin of truth and balance for many generations; These were the people that in spite of so many global changes, and many forceful attempts to “change” their way of living by others, they held on and kept the roots of spirituality, artistry, and agriculture balanced and whole.
As she meditated to ask for guidance, Valerie received clarity – her mission should be to do her part to uplift and honour the indigenous people of Mexico and the world. The mission of Sacred Story Weavers is to share the stories of community members whilst opening a sustainable stream of income for the collective members, and implement educational and financial literacy projects to improve their life conditions.
Sacred Weavers works with villages surrounding San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas – an area deeply rooted in various indigenous lineages, where there are 14 native languages and dialects spoken. While Chiapas is one of the culturally richest states of Mexico, it is one of the financially poorest in the country.
Each village and its people have a unique story, wisdom, and sacred artistry to share. Each person has a desire to improve their quality of living. Sacred Story Weavers is committed to do our part in improving the lives of these beautiful people through Sharing Voices, Uplifting Communities and Connecting Cultures to “Reweave the Tapestry of Oneness“.
Here, Valerie introduces a few of the artisans:
We kept on squeezing each others hands and giggling.
Then I asked, “How do you say amiga, in Tsotsil?“
Doña Maria’s daughter translated and they both burst out laughing, which quickly turned into a cackle.
So I cackled too.
Her daughter said, “There isn’t an exact word for ‘amiga,’ it’s a word for the relationship which is connected to the heart.”
I smiled even bigger
“The word we would use is Jk’anojut which translates into, I love you.“
My heart burst opened as I attempted to repeat it in the correct accent… then some more laughing was had as we hugged each other and repeated it several times.
You don’t have to speak the same language as someone to understand what they are saying when your connection and intentions are pure. You don’t have to even fully understand what someone has lived and been through to know we are One Human Family. From the first day I let Maria, I felt a special heart connection with her. She talks and I listen with my heart making out most of what she tells me.
Meet the eldest of our Story Weavers, Doña Maria
She is a wise, light hearted, strong, dynamic, talented woman.
She has birthed and raised 5 children who now take care of her.
She has lived through a time of severe racism when she was not allowed to share the sidewalk with those of Spanish decent. She lived through revolts and revolution that have healed some of the marginalisation the Indigenous people in Mexico live through.
When she comes to sell her dolls, her children follow a few steps behind, making sure she is ok, as she uses her hand carved wooden cane to guide her through the andador (pedestrian street) with her dolls.
You see, Doña Maria is legally blind.
So how does she make such beautiful, symmetrical dolls?
Her daughter says, with glasses, and Maria says, because she is connected to something greater than eye sight.
Why won’t she stop coming out to sell?
“Because movement keeps the soul alive!”
Alicia comes from a small village in the mountains, outside of Chamula. It takes her one week to make one shawl. She has suffered abuse and aggressions growing up as a marginalised Tzeltal Indigenous woman, and lives in a constant state of stress (we would call PTSD).
She comes to San Cristobal to sell her shawls as her way of living and is kind, spunky and artistic. We had an immediate deep heart connection.
Alicia is very grateful to be a part of our collective which will bring her more sustainable way of living with the fair prices we pay for her beautiful weaving work. Just like all of us, Alicia deserves healing and to live peacefully and in abundance.
Meet Veronica and her beautiful daughter Araceli. Veronica doesn’t know what taking a break means. She is in and out of the hospital regularly with Araceli who has a weak immune system because she was born with Down Syndrome. She often sells her goods far too cheaply just to be able to afford a kilo of tortillas for her family.
Veronica cried when I told her that I did not want a discount, and in fact wanted to pay her more than she was charging. She is a beautiful woman who couldn’t stop smiling when I told her more about the collective, and people like you, who support the Sacred Weavers.
To make a donation directly, go here.
Take a look at some of the ‘Sacred Story Weavers’ products in my shop…