Oaxacan Stonecutter and Dressmaker Tiburcio Sánchez

Exploring the dual crafts of a master maker in light of the city's wild Carnival of Teitipac

by Max La Frenais Maestro Tiburcio Sánchez was born in San Juan Teitipac in 1945 and has been stonecutting metates and molcajetes for the past 55 years. (A metate is a large, carved stone with a curved surface used to grind maize; a molcajete is the Mexican version of a mortar and pestle used to make salsas.) Outside in his yard, the 71-year-old sits on …

Studio Visit: BUAISOU, Brooklyn

How the Japanese artisans create natural indigo dye from scratch

Here at CH, indigo is our muse (we’ve even dedicated a Gift Guide to it this year) but sometimes, the final product can’t tell the entire story on its own. Natural indigo blue is not an easy color to achieve, is the takeaway from our conversation with BUAISOU, a unique collective that not only grows and harvests indigo leaves in Tokushima, Japan but also does …

Telling the Stories of Oaxaca

Artist Snejina Latev raises funds for a documentary that will put cameras into the hands of young artisans

Sofia, Bulgaria-born and NYC-based artist Snejina Latev escaped to Oaxaca at the end of last year, leaving the city (and its mental baggage) for a few months to create work in a new environment. After falling in love with the city of Mexican artisans, Latev will return in July to document their studio practices, the materials they use and the techniques they have developed—but Latev …

Carla Fernández: Design Culture Mexico at Heath Ceramics

The award-winning designer's new exhibition features shoppable garments created in collaboration with Mexico’s most talented artisans

Based in Mexico City, fashion designer Carla Fernández travels through Mexico seeking the most talented regional artisans; she creates new designs that honor traditional fabrications in each region. This has given Fernández a reputation as a champion of the decorative arts of her beloved country. Last year her multimedia show at Boston’s Gardner Museum entitled “The Barefoot Designer: 
A Passion for Radical Design and Community” …

Fait La Force’s Portable Checkers Set

Handmade by Haitian artisans and supporting local business, a game you can take anywhere

Interested in unifying a culture of craftsmanship with positive intentions and outcomes, recently launched Fait La Force offers homewares and accessories made in Haiti by hand. The labor intensive, collaborative process is echoed in the brand’s name, which is taken from “L’Union Fait La Force,” a phrase associated with the Haitian flag that translates to “Strength in Unity.” Included in the debut collection is a …