Mexico is renowned for its raw materials, textiles, and traditional talavera. Local artisans take pride in their practice of traditional crafts coupled with intricate details and rich history. Today, talavera reflects the diverse cultural heritage inherited from the Orient, the Italian Renaissance, the Moors, Spain and the indigenous people of Mexico.
FUNDACION EN VIA:
Social Entrepreneurship Through Microfinance
For our 19.0000° N, 99.1333° W Collection, we've pledged to invest in En Via Microfinance. Based in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico, Fundación En Vía, is a non-profit organization committed to supporting social and community development through microfinance, responsible tourism, and education. Their mission is to support the creation and growth of income generating small businesses that promote the empowerment of women and their communities. Through self-perpetuating microloans, 2.5% of each Fernweh sale will be invested in En Via. Mireya Hernandez, the artist who crafted the beautiful, handmade tapetes used in our jewelry, is a participant in the En Via microfinance program. We are happy to have provided Mireya gainful employment, access to the international market, and a new source of ongoing financing for her and her family.
TAPESTRIES by MIREYA
The tapetes featured in Fernweh Jewelry are made by Mireya Hernandez in Teotitlan, Oaxaca, Mexico. A gifted artisan, business woman, and mother of three, Mireya hand dyes the finest wool and cotton, which are hand-woven into her original designs. Mireya works passionately creating exquisite works of art. Through the use of microfinance she is able to expand her business and invest in new equipment that allows her to meet the demand for more orders while making more intricate designs. Mireya is a participant of En Via, to which Fernweh Jewelry has pledged to reinvest 2.5% of each sale. Through the use of microloans, Mireya, and women like her in Mexico, are building businesses and a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. At Fernweh, we are committed to empowering women to help themselves through microfinance.
Ceramics represent the origins of Mexican culture through color, composition, and the process by which they are made. Talavera is the oldest form of pottery in Mexico. Originally used as functional stoneware, over the years Talavera transcended into a distinguished art form. Our Talavera pieces are hand-crafted and hand-painted at Uriarte Talavera in Puebla, Mexico. Uriarte, founded in 1824, specializes in majolica talavera, that is, decorated earthenware pottery with a tin, opaque white glaze. This hand-crafted, hand-painted art is still made using the traditional processes developed in the 16th century. Uriarte employs local Pueblan artisans whose families have passed down the skill and craftsmanship of creating ceramics from generation to generation.