Presente Ancestral Paris

Presente Ancestral Paris

 

ALADO DISEÑO (COLOMBIA) Andrés Restrepo and Alejandro González who develop a clothing brand and accessories working with collections created by rural, indigenous and artisan communities. They also work with Alado Novias (Wedding Gowns), each of them unique, showcasing the purity, classic design with a touch of Latin American cultural roots.

From Latin America to the world, introducing PRESENTE ANCESTRAL 

The connection between artisan luxury, preserving craftsmanship and uniting creatives happened in one extraordinary event: PRESENTE ANCESTRAL.  Choosing as venue the city of Paris, the aimed to be “Sustainable Fashion Capital of the world” by 2024 hosted this amazing show.

This event was created 100% by Latin American creatives, starting with its founder Carolina Dávila, from Davily Partners in alliance with our platform, Slow Fashion World. The event lasted two days, highlighting the catwalk where five fashion brands participated: Alado, Awaj Warmi, Ary Marrufo, Diabla and Sitakka.  The conscious talks  with Lucy Geulin and Dan Pontarlier and the trunk show with all the brands before mentioned plus Bohetnika and Soona Otomí, two clothing brands based in Berlin that work with artisans in Mexico. All the event was supported by the Chilean embassy, ​​represented by Ambassador Juan Salazar, his wife Karen Oettinger and Pro Chile, who kindly opened the doors to creatives, agencies, journalists, and industry professionals to witness the creativity of Latin American design. Opening with a sound healing concert and copal ceremony, the event tele transported the whole audience to the Amazon rainforest with the purpose of showing forgiveness after the tragedy that affected dramatically the lungs of our planet. 

 

 

PRESENTE ANCESTRAL was a whole experience! They showed what potential haute couture has in Latin America.

LIVE EDITORIAL – PRESENTE ANCESTRAL

A day before the event, the Slow Fashion World team met at the Chilean embassy to create the following editorial, which reflects the beautiful details of the Latin American brands. Inspired by the history and the beautiful architecture of the building known as “Hôtel particulier” or private hotel in english, the SFW creative team led by art director Lizeth Soto Rivas, reflected through these images the delicacy and versatility of fashion designs and classic style architectural details, also called Louis XVI. Within the team, there were professionals in the fashion industry: fashion designers and styling experts Maco Calderón and Melissa Herman. In makeup and hairstyle, the model and make up artist Dany Rocchi. The Brazilian model, Maria Clara Daros and under the assistance of our marketing advisor, Victoria Salum. All the photoshooting under the creative direction of our founder Mariel Jumpa and Lizeth Soto.

 

ARY MARRUFO (MEXICO) The woman empowering women through her Moon Collection that is inspired by the phases of women. Ary Marrufo is a certified brand working recycling pieces like organic cotton and hemp, working towards the commitment to make ethical fashion and co-creating along with artisan women in the southern of Mexico. The Moon Collection embarks us on each women’s journey experiencing different aspects in life while combining in in essence to feel empowered and valued.  They work with cross stitches techniques and ancestral embroidery made by artisans from southeastern Mexico and are the creatives behind the movement “Change is Wild”, the NGO that will take Mexican fashion to think consciously and to demand ethics, and transparency

Carmen Camacho a notorious designer and creative behind the brand Awaj Warmi in Quechua means “women weavers”. She has represented Bolivia in international fashion shows, becoming one of the winners in 2019 Diseñadores de Autor Bolivia (DAB) where notorious personalities celebrated her latest collection. Carmen connects the traditional weaving with the contemporary design. Awaj Warmi NGO is found in Sucre, Bolivian capital. They work with noble materials like alpaca wool, baby wool and commit to fair wages to the communities.

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PRESENTE ANCESTRAL an event that brought up the original shapes, vibrant colors and diverse textures that depicted Latin American countries showcasing the luxury of artisan craftsmanship.

BOHETNIKA is a Berlin based brand founded by Lizeth Soto Rivas (Behrendt) and Alexander Behrendt in 2016 with the aim to value the preservation and growth of Mexican artisanal and sustainable designs. By carrying these amazing handcrafted garments in Europe, Bohetnika promotes and empower Mexican artisans and cultural diversity through design. One of the main brand’s goals is to keep pre-Hispanic Mexican traditions alive while giving them a modern accent.

Bohetnika’s DNA is about the respect and admiration for the ancestral legacy and the workforce. The brand states that  garments are not made on a large scale and that each one has different details and process and that is what makes Bohetnika unique.

Pamela Gallardo and Julia Beatriz Navajas, the creatives behind DIABLA BOLIVIA inspired by their Bolivian roots and country, they both define their creations as unique piece statements that embodies the cultural diversity and heritage of Bolivia. Diabla works closely with local artisans becoming a fair trade brand offering 100% handmade and ethical accessories. Each jewelry is a piece of art, naturally dyed with plants while using organic materials in each collection. Their latest collection is called “Tiu” in honor to their traditional dance in Bolivia called “ La diablada”. They also presented in this collection the vibrant colors and inspired by their national flag.

This live editorial shows the power that Latin American fashion designers have. The importance of organizations, associations and a community of change-makers getting together to invest in connecting bridges and bringing talent to the main fashion week catwalks in Europe and the world.

Maco Calderon works with noble fibers produced with minimum impact to the environment that surrounds it, their goal is to produce good quality comfortable garments timeless and ecological. His brand works with natural fiber producers of artisanal production of cooperatives, social enterprises and “alpaqueros” of Andean communities, preserving the traditions and collaborating to improve the quality of life.

Maco Calderon’s creations are handmade in the heart of the Andes of Peru in collaboration with artisans where tradition is transmitted from generation to generation. He says: “we do not believe in fast fashion and hyperconsumption, for this reason we make unique pieces totally handmade to measure for you. we create quality produced in small quantity, each garment is made with love, thinking about who will wear it”.

Bringing the natural vibe to the event, Paulina Irazabal is the creative soul behind SITTAKA. The charismatic woman that connects deeply to the essence of being present, to celebrate Latin American design and to honor through each head piece the work and resources taken from the Amazon rainforest. Sittaka is about uniting, collaborating, respecting, and healing through the art of clothing and hat pieces. She connects her passion to explore during her travels and respect to Amazon rainforest with designing and offering head pieces that are unique to empower women. Sittaka works in building close relationship with the Shipibo Konibo tribes in Yarinacocha, Peruvian Amazon. 

About the shoes: The commitment for SFW is to unite a community for changemakers, IMM is an ethical brand empowering regufees and immigrants. The idea to connect different cultures willing to support each other is SFW core value. In this live editorial IMM and Sittaka joined forces to present a complete look ethically made. They were found in our community. Have you joined yet?

 

 

PRESENTE ANCESTRAL has a commitment to bring excellence in the shows and experience but also empower the social part. That way,  they want to give back through crowdfunding campaign launched via Ulule platform, to raise funds for the Chilean foundation “Superación de la Pobreza”. Participating in this campaign, you are supporting the development of the local economy of artisans and women working for a better future. We believe that by investing in culture preservation, showcasing artisan craftsmanship and celebrating designers committed to empower their cultural roots, we maintain alive each country’s cultural diversity and ancestral techniques in textiles. Thank you Carolina Davila, Patricia Guerrero and Patrick Strickler and all the team for a taking us to a journey of celebrating  and promoting more Latin American designers. We look forward for their upcoming show in Milan 2020 bringing the experience and taking everyone to a journey to slow down and connect with the haute couture fashion and artisan luxury of Latin America

Presente Ancestral  – Paris Fashion Live Editorial

 

Creative Direction:  Mariel Jumpa & Lizeth Soto Rivas / IG @slowfashionworld @consciouslatina @lizethsotorivas

Photography: Lizeth Soto Rivas / @lizethsotorivas

Stylist: Melissa Herman / IG @_Melissaherman_

Model: Maria Clara Daros / IG @MariaClaraDaros

MUA: Dany Rocchi / IG @Dany_Rocchi 

Production Assistant: Maco Calderon / IG @Macocalderon_official 

Production Assistant: Victoria Salum / IG @VictoriaSalum

Lizeth Soto Rivas

Founder Bohetnika and art director of SFW team. She is a photographer and visual communication expert living in Berlin. Passionate about culture, travel and creative art. Working actively with international and local projects connected to artisan collaborations.

Visit her website

Slow Travel Diaries ft. Bohetnika – Mexico (Part II)

Slow Travel Diaries ft. Bohetnika – Mexico (Part II)

Following the Slow Travel Stories ft. Bohetnika from Mexico, Lizeth a traveler with heart, a passionate wanderluster and social entrepreneur share with us the second part of her journey. Volume two shows the impresive city of Oaxaca, this time with her husband Alex Behrendt and Bohetnika‘s partner. Alex an incredible support for Liz in this entrepreneur journey as she quotes “despite Alex not being in front of the camera, his commitment, support and passion for Mexico have been one of the pillars and reasons for Bohetnika to continue sharing their story andn moving forward”.

THE BEGINNING OF THE ARTISAN JOURNEY

Starting with Mexico City, where we rented a car to head south to Oaxaca. Those who have traveled there, will not let me lie the incredible views and landscapes, just spectacular. Perfect for Cactus lovers, this is  a Cactu’s paradise!

Our first appointment was with the artisan Nayelli Lorenzo, from the community of San Juan Colorado, a town that borders the state of Oaxaca. She came in the company of her family representing a beautiful cooperative of 200 women artisans called “Jiñi u’ñu”. They are the ones who make beautiful huipiles in waist loom with  figures that represents culture, heritage & tradition of a whole community coming to life through natural dyeing obtained from plants and flowers of nearby surroundings. A truly work of art!

Do you want to see the process? It is definitely unique, basically they use natural ingredients such as Cempasúchitl flower which is famous for being used in the festivities of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, from there you get a beautiful yellow color. There is another herb which they call “The grass of love” where they obtain that special purple color. The green is obtained from the fresh indigo and there is another shade of lighter yellow which is obtained from the guava leaf.

This community work with “Coyuche” cotton, which is a light brown cotton typical of Oaxaca, which is commonly found in the coastal area. This cotton is in danger of extinction, so we looked very careful and close all the the process. We saw the amount of hours, work and details they put, including their love for each garment. This is the reason why investing in artisan-made products must be made from the heart and love for design, right?

As people say, a   picture is worth a thousand words! Here some of the photos provided by our dear Nayelli:

 

GOING SOUTH TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE “COYUCHE” COTTON

The next day, we had another adventure already planned: a trip for three hours to the beautiful community of San Sebastián Río Hondo to see the process of making garments made with organic cotton. In this beautiful community located in the mountains to the south of Oaxaca, we met Cheo Ramírez and his wife Felipa Ramírez who very kindly took us through the town explaining the whole process.

In San Sebastián Río Hondo these artisans also use the  “Coyuche”cotton which people from Oaxaca harvest organically, despite not having a certified material, one can see the who process is transparent and 100% hand made by artisans.

IMPRESSED AND SATISFIED

A bright & wonderful day in which we raised some images to make a small video which we will share with pleasure with all of you and which you will find at the end of this publication. The visit to San Sebastian was nurturing and a learning experience from us, we were guided to see where the process of cotton, how it is thrown and what we found interesting is their method to work with  the “spinning wheel”, where the original idea was taken from Mahatma Gandhi.

 

They work with women from the village and nearby ranches who spin the thread, weave the fabric and embroider our designs. They get organic cotton from Katyi Ya’a, a collective of 18 women who spin and weave locally grown, native, organic, naturally colored brown and white cotton (Coyuche). The coast of Oaxaca and Guerrero, the Costa Chica, is one of the few places in the world where naturally colored cotton originates.

This makes the process  impressive, learning about where the cotton comes from and the people involved in this project. That is what makes it valuable and meaninful for us, entrepreneurs and advocates who aims to commit to culture preservation, heritage and honor our ancestral traditions.

Rosendo Martínez, Cheo’s Father working in the pedal loom.

 

Alex, Liz and Cheo in San Sebastian Río Hondo

 

THE LAST DAYS

 

During the last part of our trip we visited other communities like Santo Tomás Jalieza where I practiced to work with the waist loom and where we acquired beautiful belts that will combine perfectly with the huipiles of San Juan Colorado and San Sebastián Río Hondo. We also visited Ocotlan, we saw craftsmen painting and we tasted gastronomic delights in the market, we admired the daily life in near the town kiosk. Without a doubt, our adventure is not limited to just a few words through this text, it is something that we carry in our hearts. We invite you to visit our Instagram and our website to learn more about our project.

 

To finish, once in my hometown, Durango, we made a great photoshot, really grateful for the collaboration with a professional team. . Check out our Instagram for more updates!

I would like to end this publication by thanking Slow Fashion World and their founder Mariel Jumpa who has always supported us since the beginning, and who strongly supports and believes in human values in this accelerated world.

We also want to thank and recognize the value of work, passion and love with which Mexican artisans work for a better world, to follow their customs. We admire and respect their beautiful work and we want through our project, Bohetnika, to contribute and share the beauty of Mexican textiles and handcraft to the world.

Ph: Nelson Soto Rivas – Model: Natalia García

Huipil: San Juan Colorado, Oaxaca.

Belt: Santo Tomás Jalieza, Oaxaca.

www.bohetnika.com / instagram @bohetnika

 

 

Lizeth Soto Rivas

Lizeth Soto Rivas

Founder Bohetnika & SFW Change-Maker

Lizeth Soto Rivas is the founder of Bohetnika. She has been recently assigned as official guide for Slow Travel Community. She is also behind the movement “Goes Latin” PopUp stores around Europe with events empowering Latin American fashion, and designers.

She is a graduate and expert in Communications, Social Media currently living in Berlin since 2014. Lizeth travels the world creating strong connections and global network. She loves photography, creative art, and have worked in international and local projects connected to artisan empowerment and textiles.

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Slow Travel Diaries ft. Bohetnika (Part I)

Slow Travel Diaries ft. Bohetnika (Part I)

Why to Slow Travel?

To learn, get inspired and connect. I love to travel like many of you, and I am always thinking of ways to do it with balance and positive impact, for people and the environment. My goal is to always improve, but mostly learn from each city, fall in love with their traditions, sightseeing in unexpected locations just to fine pure beauty beyond the traditional tours or following the “places to go”. This time I want to tell you my history behind my journey in Mexico, as a social entrepreneur it means to be conscious about my work, follow passion and love for mi Mexico lindo.

For a week I traveled to visit some important places between Mexico City and the state of Chiapas in the south of the country. My main reason: to connect with artisans, meet with them and start a story together promoting SLOW FASHION through the company I founded with my husband Alex, Bohetnika . Currently my husband and I live in Berlin, I am Mexican and he is German. We both began this dream together in 2016 and now we are increasingly convinced that with this beautiful project we can contribute with a small grain of sand so Mexican artisans have more fair work opportunities.

Veronica Tego wearing beautiful Artisan-made shirt. MUA: Kathia Cruz

 

Bohetnika empowers artisans and brings a curated selection of handmade Mexican clothing. In my opinion, supporting & co-creating with the artisans to sell the clothes they have already made has been the most significant aspect of my life. From 2018 our aim has been to start with the adventure and develop micro collections with custom made details.

Redescovering, connecting for the Slow Travel community.

During the first days of December I traveled alone in my search. I found pleasant surprises, I met and connected with wonderful people. Actually, one of the following projects we have with Slow Fashion World is to connect creatives and conscious citizens with slow travel and local living experiences. This is precisely the intention we aim to do as change-makers of this platform. Slow Travel Community aims to inspire, connect and create positive impact by making conscious trips that connects deeply to cultural respect, learn more about the traditions and how to help them maintain alive, enjoy and taste the local gastronomy and, of course, interact and even co-create with the experts: the artisans that live and work for centuries with Mexican textiles in the South of Mexico.

Slow Traveling

This time I visited only the state of Chiapas in search of new collaborations with artisans, however, in Mexico City I connected with a very nice person called María, who told me many details about her experience working with artisans.

I also had a couple of meetings with collaborators with whom we are doing as a part of the micro-collection for Bohetnika. For around 5 days I stayed in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a small colonial city with a wonderful mystical and welcoming touch, which invites you to enjoy tranquility in a unique way. (Well, I will omit a bit that in my days there I went through the day of the Virgin which, was not exactly quiet by the numerous processions). Every day there was inspiring.

Here comes my highlights (You can also see them via Bohetnika’s Instagram):

Mexico City

In this big, chaotic but interesting city it is impossible to think that you will make a “slow travel”, right? However, and although it is difficult to believe, the place where you stay is key to feel that way. Just a couple of blocks from the “Zocalo” or main square in the capital, I found a beautiful hostel called “Casa de Pepe” with a very nice atmosphere, an incredible terrace in which I enjoyed my first rays of sun after the harsh Berliner winter, all next to Puff chairs and beautiful cactus. An ideal place for a “digital nomad”. My meetings were held in this place, each of them was delighted by the tranquility and comfort of the place.

San Cris

After 3 days in Mexico City I headed south, with final destination San Cristobal de las Casas. Here from the first days walking through the small town I fell in love with the new craftwork that is being done in the town. I made my first new friend! Don Esteban, a tour guide who took me to meet the indigenous people and who kindly connected me with Micaela, who came to my hotel to talk a couple days later. During my visit, we arrived at a craftsman’s house in Zinacantán, a town famous for its textiles inspired by the production of flowers which provides a big part the country with this product. Here, I once again immersed myself in the process of the famous way women use their looms, do hand embroidery and of course, they shared a little knowledge with me.

Faustina, a 16-year-old girl was kindly preparing tortillas, tenderly shared with me her desires to know other places in the world.

After visiting the house of these artisans and acquiring beautiful clothes with them, I went back to the hotel. The next day a great friend of mine arrived who agreed in collaborating with me for the realization of a photography session. She is proudly from Chiapas.

For my last day, I met a great craftswoman, Teresa. She told me several personal stories, which are changing little by little the way I see and admire the work of a artisans. She was operated for an injury which has prevented her from continuing to work on her loom. However, thanks to its knowledge of languages, she continues to be a very important pillar among indigenous communities and serves as an important point of connection between designers and artisans.

Puebla

Last day before going home, and once I left San Cristóbal, I met Karen and Julio, who are the gentle people who is helping Bohetnika with the process of making part of our micro collection. In Puebla, they took already all the disassembled pieces from the fabric I brought in Lithuania and we got started!

One week before in CDMX they were the ones I met first, I gave them the fabric, and the image of the flowers I wanted for the designs so they made the stamp, on top of the stamp, artisans can do their magic! so, there we were, stamping clothes and having fun. To  be honest, we were very nervous as well!

I have always said that things happen for a reason, happily, I went home with my family in the north of Mexico, I was so lucky to meet such wonderful people with whom I shared experiences that, I hope in the near future I can share with some of  the Slow Travel Community. Share with us your best slow travel experience. Do you want to join me in Mexico Part II? email: hello@slowfashionworld.com

Lizeth Soto Rivas

Lizeth Soto Rivas

SFW Change-Maker & Founder Bohetnika

Lizeth Soto Rivas is the founder of Bohetnika. She has been recently assigned as official guide for Slow Travel Community. She is also behind the movement “Goes Latin” PopUp stores around Europe with events empowering Latin American fashion, and designers.

She is a graduate and expert in Communications, Social Media currently living in Berlin since 2014. Lizeth travels the world creating strong connections and global network. She loves photography, creative art, and have worked in international and local projects connected to artisan empowerment and textiles.

 

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