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malaquita design

We are a small Art & Design company from Mexico, dedicated to the production of handmade decorative items, clothing and fashion accessories. 

Since the formation of our collective, in 2011, we´ve shared a common interest in environmental protection and recycling culture, so establishing a platform for research, development and design of creative options for the re-utilization of waste (textile and of various kinds) and the use of organic materials has been a major priority.
Moreover, considering the vast tradition of Mexican art and handicrafts, we have undertaken the creation of pieces combining traditional techniques with couture, tailoring, pattern making, embroidery, dyeing, printing and various applications. With this perspective we have been able to develop an original and avant-garde offer for the Mexican and international design scene and the possibility to further explore ideas for the creation of new collections of fashion accessories and clothing. 

Additionally, we have devised a special model of contracts with the labor force that support us with certain processes in the development of our pieces; we call it the “Self-sustaining Production Group” (GAP for the initials in Spanish). This model generates alternative jobs for people of low socioeconomic status with the skills needed for the handcraft of our pieces, offering them the possibility to work from home, along with family, friends or neighbors, thus improving their income and quality of community and family life. We are interested in following this formula, with the intention of promoting the growth of this type of production networks and to simultaneously generate quality artistic and cultural offers. Our initiative is to enrich our artistic and design proposal with the traditional craftsmanship and technical knowledge that the fore-mentioned groups possess and, in turn, to promote the permanence of our traditions and the possibility of rescuing poorly paid and undervalued trades. 

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