Malaquita Design

October 15 is the International Day of Rural Woman and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of rural women Entrepreneurs in Mexico.

I would like to make a special mention to our Indigenous Entrepreneurs that collaborate directly with Malaquita Collective. Some of our regular readers might already know the essence of Malaquita, but to our new readers I want to give a little bit of background about what Malaquita is.


Malaquita Design was born as a collective with one clear goal. Unite Contemporary Mexican Design with the traditional indigenous handcrafts of our beautiful Mexico. For this Article I have chosen 2 of  the our collaborators that empower Indigenous women to create their own brands & cooperatives. We collaborate with may other collectives but this 2 I am presenting next  were created by Indiginous Entrepreneurs.

1. Jolom Mayaetik

This co-op started n 1985 and established as A.C. They have been in business since 1995 and includes 250 women weavers from the highlands of Chiapas. Jolom Mayaetik, translates to “Women Who Weave” from Mayan Tzotzil.

The organization promotes sustainable economic development for indigenous women, in a democratic structure run collectively by general assemblies and a popular vote.

Unlike more traditional cooperatives in Mexico, the weavers of Jolom Mayaetik are also advancing human rights through educational programs, cultural empowerment, and political mobilization.  Committed to improving the lives of indigenous women, members of the Jolom Mayaetik are weaving with a powerful, collective voice.

If you are visiting San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas make sure to stop by this cooperative where you will be able to experience how this organization works and could meet some of their leaders and participants while exploring their very unique lifestyle and their inspirations for expressed through their looms.

Visit them:

Here are some Products we have created in collaboration with their magical touch.

2. Malacate

Their objective is to share everyday life by creating a path together. This cooperative is also located in Chiapas, San Cristobal de las Casas. We collaborated directly with a group of women in Zinacantan that create beautiful embroideries. They gather a couple of times a week at one of their homes and share the evening while creating their embroideries. Some of them cook and look after the kids so their domestic responsibilities are still taken care of while they can work on their new creations.
We were able to find this group of women thanks to Anthropologist Karla Perez Canovas who has been collaborating with women in this region for over a decade. She has guided different groups of crafters to get organized and committed   in preserving and sharing  the history behind this applications in Textile. She was also the key to our communication with this group since not all of them speak Spanish, they communicate in their native language Mayan Tzotzil.
With this collaboration we were able to to put together a stunning fall collection that was true to their culture, but could also be worn by contemporary city women.