Conscious Beauty

Conscious Beauty

An ode to conscious beauty

“Spread consciousness” says Mother Earth. A mother who nurture us with kindness, gently giving us all the resources for us to live in peace and joy with nothing in exchange. She is asking for help to “slow down” to stop the uncontrolled speed we brought to our lives. Remember she says “without me there will be only memories and regrets if you do not change your lives”.

 

erie Berlin, founded by Hannah Schorch, creates sustainablilty through a cradle to cradle inspired design of clothing. erie steps away from the linear system of TAKE-MAKE-WASTE and instead turns towards a circular way of creating as MAKE-USE-RETURN – all parts of each product are completely compostable after the user’s and re-user’s phase. erie seeks to make all processes as transparent and accessible as possible in order to support the flow of information, communication, exchange, and connection.

Bohetnika is manufactured by Mexican artisans who have been making world-class textiles for hundred of years. Our handcrafted products are currently sourced from a network of 200+ artisan groups in Oaxaca, Puebla and Chiapas.  Each item is handcrafted and available only in limited quantities. Our pieces are ethically-sourced, bringing human impact, sustainable products and thoughtful style together. Each garment has story behind it, while simultaneously offering an amazing piece of art. Our products are 100% handmade, fair traded and eco-friendly.

Under the name “PINUU“, which means “I am me”, the Luxembourg-born Berlin-based designer produces statement jewelery and many other accessories.There are no limits to creativity and there are always new wonderful unique products added.


The product range goes from jewelry, handbags, to dream catchers! Inspired by tribes that use materials from their natural environment, the designer draws on recyclable fabrics such as cotton, hemp, woods, fruit bowls, shells, gems, brass, copper and cork. The cork leather, which is made from the bark of cork oak, offers a wonderful alternative to leather especially for vegans.

 

Cardigan:
From the same soft high quality organic cotton sweat grown in Uganda enveloping in a subtle zero waste and oversized shape the body. Hand-dyed and hand-eco-printed with the powder of the powerful madder root combined with onion skins bringing sparks of yellow into the pink hues. Warm and cozy without using wool!

Top: Organic cotton from the coast of Oaxaca Mexico. The mix of colors: pink and Burgundy is the result of the use of grana cochineal produced in the Oaxaca Valley (Zimatalán).

Headband:
Hemp grown and knitted in Romania. Soft and robust.
Using two types of knit, wrapped around the ears and head to keep warm.

Dress by erie: A reflection of the pure essence of nature. Organic cotton grown in Turkey brought into a silhouette of simplicity of a zero-waste pattern, hand-eco-printed with withered flowers transforming their life into something new.

Jewelry by Pinuu:  Necklace and earrings made of Leopard jasper gemstones. A true statement!

Silk scarf by erie: A cruelty-free organic silk scarf, where the caterpillars can leave their silk cocoon and become butterflies, and only after that the cocoons are taken to make the silk thread we love so much from them. No caterpillar is harmed.
The print derives from withered flowers adding to the beauty of the silk another layer of nature and transforming flowers into something that lasts much longer that flower’s life itself.

Tunic by Bohetnika: In collaboration with Khadi Mexico, a cooperative who works with organic cotton and natural dyes. The cotton they use is native of Costa Chica in Oaxaca and Guerrero. They coordinate the production and purchase of heritage white and coyuchi cotton (brown color) from 35 small producers from 12 coastal communities of Oaxaca. The farmers participate in a program for ecological production and the increase of biodiversity in their plots. The light yellow color is the product of the natural process of Marigold dying. 

True power is living the realization that you are your own healer, hero and leader.

Yung Pueblo

Cardigan by erie: Hand-knit cardigan telling a story like a hue of an embrace. Made from sea cell fiber, which its basis is algae and brings with it its cure from the sea and the sea plant itself. Its researched to calm the skin.

Dress by Bohetnika: Soft to touch, linen is one of the favorite natural fibers. Coming from Lithuania and taken to Mexico to be transformed onto a beautiful hand embroidered dress in Tehuacán, Puebla.

Earrings and Bracelet Pinuu: Natural stones reflecting the power of Mother Nature playing a beautiful song together with the cork bracelets and the sound of the wind dancing with the autumn leaves.

Blue hat by erie: Hemp grown and knitted in Romania. Soft and robust. Partly lined with an organic cotton fur – we call it vegan sheep fabric! – to keep your ears warm without bringing wool into the game.  The hat is dip-dyed by hand with a natural indigo, bringing out its beautiful color of blue.

Tunic by Bohetnika: At present, there are 200 women from the villages and ranches of San Sebastián Rio Hondo who remove with their hands the seeds of cotton brought from the coast, card and spin it, all by hand using spinning wheels in their homes. Local carpenters reproduce the wheel designed by Gandhi so that each artisan has her own. That is how the amazing process of the organic cotton starts it journey and then, using natural dyes like Indigo for this top is used.

Jewelry by Pinuu: Amazing necklace and bracelets made out of cork leather brass and drift wood from the beach, they make a beautiful contrast with the use of natural indigo on the garments.

 

Dress and top by erie: Soft high quality organic cotton sweat grown in Uganda brought into a silhouette of simplicity of a zero-waste pattern, hand-eco-printed with withered flowers transforming their life into something new and bringing their healing power to be on our skin. Warm and cozy without using wool.

 

Jewelry by PinuuPinuu, made from jersey yarns that are leftovers from the textile Industry.

 

 

 

Production: Slow Fashion World / @slowfashionworld

Creative Direction & Photography: Lizeth Soto Rivas / @lizethsotorivas

MUA: Mumtaz Meeran / @makeupbymumtaz

Models: Prisa León/ @halloprisa , Lucía Fernández / @postmortemthoughts

Brands: Bohetnika @bohetnika | erie Berlin @erie_berlin | Pinuu / @pinuujewelryandaccessories

Assistants: Jodie Wong | Hannah Schorch @hannahschorch

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

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 Times Berlin

Slow Times Berlin

Location: Museum Island

Huipils: Bohetnika | Mexico-Germany
Fanny Pack: Kmana | Indonesia
Jewelry: InJewels | Germany
Hat: Summer Romero | Mexico

“Slow Times Berlin”

Editorial that connects the life of one of our SFW team members in Berlin. Lizeth Soto Rivas is a professional photographer and founder of Bohetnika, a brand that shows the amazing work of artisans and the life of a conscious creative dedicated to showcase artisan-made design from Mexico.  Together with a German-Latin American team and Slow Fashion World, we bring stories connecting cultures through sustainable and ethical fashion.

Designing for Culture Preservation: Bohetnika was founded with love, appreciation and respect for Mexico. The latest microcollection shows the handmade details by artisans, creating a mix between organic fabrics and Mexican original patterns.

“When I hear the name Berlin, it feels like a vibrant sensation, like the city itself. This place has opened the doors for me to express my creativity and I see it as a canvas” Lizeth S.

Location: Museum Island | Parlament Quarter

Skirt: Carola Solís | Peru (Left image)
Dress: Las Polleras de Agus | Peru (Right image)
Necklace:  Busularo | Argentina
Jewelry: InJewels | Germany
Shoes: San Miguel Shoes | Mexico-Germany
“Slow Times”. is about conscious connection with your surroundings and just being present. Lizeth’s work embodies the contrasts of design, photography, art like the city of Berlin. As a photographer, she realized that Berlin is a city that fascinates her, that stuck to her world, to the essence of who she is and wants to be. Berlin is where she can take it slow and connect deeply.

Berlin and its people are embedded into a vertiginous, artistic, evolving and innovative ecosystem, while still keeping the old structures, feeling that 70’s and 80’s vibe.

“Berlin is like an old body with young blood”.

During May and June 2019, we held a multicultural Pop-up shop “Slow Fashion Berlin” connecting brands to the local community and  conscious consumers to learn, engage and shop consciously. We created a series of experiences to share the stories behind the label and empower the “Slow” philosophy: Sophisticated, Longlasting, Overall Quality and Wonderful.  From this experience we created a visual stories.

Top Image – The Summer Breeze collection featuring  Colombian model & Brand strategist: Juliana Reveiz. Slow and ethical fashion Brands featured in this editorial:

Location: Central Station

Dress: Erie Berlin (Germany)
Sandals: Toj (Guatemala)
Clutch: Friends That Rhyme (Germany)

How did you envison this editorial to make a connection between Berlin and Latin America?

In this editorial I wanted to contrast parts of modern and neoclassical architectural Berlin, architecture plays a fundamental role in the images and the slow fashion contrast with a city like Berlin seems very interesting to me, it is like having the relationship of the body and the blood I just mentioned.

Location: Museum Island

Dress: Erie Berlin
Shoes: San Miguel Shoes (Mexico-Berlin)
Jewelry: In Jewels (Berlin)

Slow Fashion Germany

“Another thing that caught my attention about Berlin and fashion is that slow fashion has always been essential in Germany. Applying history from Berlin and in general Germany culture inspired me to develop a creative process that aligns to the core of the city working towards a sustainable future, especially in fashion”.

How is Germany connected to Slow Fashion movement?

Berlin and Slow fashion has always been important in Germany, all of this has a lot to do with historical events dating from the late 19th century and that the country was stuck by the Second World War. Later, Berlin and Germany was divided during the Cold War and this fact made the fashion process very interesting.

In World War II, Hitler changed so many things about fashion, even though the first things he did was to found a Fashion Institute, it was to put women down. So, women had to make their own clothes and / or acquire second-hand pieces.

Then, In the DDR (East Germany) women had to make their own clothes equally because most of the stores that once sold beautiful clothes disappeared because the owners were Jews. There were beautiful fashion magazines like Sibylle that published a life that was a utopia for women. Fashion they desire in these publications couldn’t even be bought in the east but the magazine provided the patterns for women to make their own clothes. So, basically, in post-war Germany, fashion was a vain and provocative issue for the society. Now, Berlin is becoming one of the most important cities that promotes and supports emerging designers, slow fashion and sustainability in the fashion processes. The photo shoot was made in important areas in the eastern part of Berlin.

Location: Parlament Quarter/ Spree River

Dress: Erie Berlin | Germany
Clutch: Biótico | Argentina

Location Parlament Quarter

Dresses: Bohetnika | Mexico-Germany
Shoes: San Miguel Shoes  | Mexico-Germany
Jewelry: InJewels | Germany

Connecting through design: Latin America & Germany

Lizeth Soto, produced the editorial together with Argentine entrepreneur & stylist Corina Bufano creating a set of looks that can mix and match the colors and patterns from Latin America with German design, the essence of each brand. Just like the city of Berlin, a city of colors, textures and shapes that take us back to the roots of the city. The combination between classic and vibrant, perfect match  for a summer season: classic but fun and sustainable.

Location Parlament Quarter

Dresses: Francisca Tornero|Chile
Jewelry: In Jewels | Berlin

Location: Museum Island

Dress: Erie Berlin
Shawl: Bien Amsterdam
Jewelry: In Jewels | Berlin

Location: Museum Island

Blouse: Bohentika
Shoes: San Miguel Shoes
Purse: Kmana
Jewelry: In Jewels | Berlin

Location: Mitte

Blouse: Erie Berlin
Shorts: Erie Berlin
Necklace: Busularo | Argentina
Backpack: Kmana | Indonesia
Clutch: Friends that Rhyme

Production team

Photography: Lizeth Soto Rivas
Stylist: Corina Bufano
Models: Maya Aranda and Juliana Reveiz
MUA: Lizeth Soto Rivas
Assistants: Mariel Jumpa, Hannah Schorch and Alexander Behrendt
Slow Fashion World production

Brands

Biótico |  Argentina. Sustainable clothing enterprise since 2014 that fuses design, art and fashion, proposes a new paradigm in the production of clothing and accessories, trains and employs vulnerable populations, revalues ​​urban waste and textiles, transforming them into raw material to produce its collection.

Bien | Amsterdam. BIEN is an Amsterdam based brand that celebrates an urban-chique, fresh, and fun easy-to-wear design, intended to appeal to self-assured women who are adventurous when it comes to expressing their own personal style.

Bohetnika | Mexico-Berlin. Berlin based brand was founded with the aim to value the preservation and growth of Mexican artisanal and sustainable design. By carrying these amazing handcrafted garments in Europe Bohetnika promotes and empower Mexican artisans and cultural diversity through design keeping pre-Hispanic Mexican traditions alive.

Busularo | Argentina. Each piece links the person to their surroundings, telling a natural and organic story. BUSULARO’s piece is thought of, felt, and reflective upon. Each piece shows what is happening in nature, how to take care of the environment by using natural materials. Textile designer Carla Busularo aims to capture identities, show how to wear a piece that talks about one self.

Carola Solís | Peru. The author behind Carola Solís designs has a degree in Communication Sciences, that is the closest choice she could make _at the time_ to her passion: art. She has also studied a Masters in Anthropology focusing on Visual Anthropology.

Erie Berlin | Berlin. erie, founded by Hannah Schorch, creates sustainability through a cradle to cradle inspired design of clothing. erie steps away from the linear system of TAKE-MAKE-WASTE and instead turns towards a circular way of creating as MAKE-USE-RETURN – all parts of each product are completely compostable after the user’s and re-user’s phase.

Francisca Tornero | Chile.  Chilean author design firm for wedding dresses and haute couture that has been working in the field for more than 10 years. The concept and personal stamp that differentiates them in their field is that they seek to capture that Chilean identity in each of their designs.

Friends that Rhyme | Munich.  Founded by two friends, Sabine and Nadine, the brand upcycle vintage textiles to create amazing pieces; using what is already available and adding history and individuality to every wristlet and clutch. All of their pieces are handmade by talented individuals who work independently or for small organizations that offer fair work environments.

InJewels | Berlin. InJewels stands for exclusive international designer jewelry. Whether online or offline, our customers find only high quality jewelry from designers who set trends and innovate.

The pieces of jewelery are unique pieces or are produced in small series and are all made by hand without exception with great attention to detail.

Las Polleras de Agus | Peru. Las polleras de Agus is a mix of respect, passion and admiration for our cultural identity. We seek to reclaim our traditional garments which are being lost over time. By incorporating them into contemporary fashion, we create a versatile line. Produced through traditional weaving, embroidery, and stitching techniques, our pieces transport you to indigenous Andean Peru.

San Miguel Shoes | Mexico-Berlin. Since 1997, the history of San Miguel Shoes began in San Miguel de Allende, a city that is characterized by having authentic Mexican colors and its narrow cobbled streets. The design of San Miguel Shoes is strongly inspired by these two details.

TOJ | Guatemala – Germany.  TOJ was born from the desire to create unique products inspired by the traditional crafts of Guatemala. We work hand in hand with talented artisans from different regions of the country to create Guatemalan fashion and take it to the world. TOJ- is one of the Mayan Nahuales, sacred elements of the Mayan worldview. TOJ means reciprocity, donation, offering and thanks.

Lizeth Soto Rivas

Founder Bohetnika and part 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

The Harmony of Nature & Textiles

The Harmony of Nature & Textiles

Bohetnika is a project that has been taking a different course from almost the beginning, a course that makes us proud, makes us happy, motivates us, excites us. Many people in Europe is familiar with Mexico, some only through the stories and news, movies or photos. Through our ethical brand and the visual stories we use, we want more people to know a little more about our Mexico and raise awareness and knowledge about our textiles.

We are in a mission to show cultural diversity to the world, this is our brand DNA. 

Mexican culture, people show this, a country with diversity. Different landscapes, different traditions and therefore emerging different textiles. With this shooting Bohetnika & the creative team wanted to explore the natural beauty of ethical fashion by connecting our roots:  the Mexican nature, local textiles and work with a Mexican team from the producer, to the photographer and model. In fact the region where this session was taken from my hometown, Durango, which has more  desert landscapes compared to other states in the south.

Dress: Hand woven by Karina Hernández & María Cuevas from Huipiles de Mexico.  

Iconography from Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas. Representing the birds of the region and the rhombus as the universe and the cardinal directions.  

KHADI OAXACA:WORKING WITH ALL NATURAL AND ETHICALLY SOURCED MATERIALS TO PRODUCE THE BEST QUALITY PRODUCTS.”

Khadi Oaxaca is a social-entrepreneur initiative that supports the village of San Sebastian Rio Hondo, Oaxaca, Mexico, to economically develop in a sustainable way. They use organic cotton from Katyi Ya’a, a collective made-up of 18 women who spin and weave locally grown, native, organic, naturally colored brown and white cotton in the coast of Oaxaca. Now, at least 300 women from villages and ranches de-seed the cotton brought from the coast, card it and spin it all by hand in their homes. Natural ingredients are gathered from the area to create a diverse color palette and then steeped for various amounts of time to produce a range of hues. A few of our components include the wild marigold used to dye the fabrics in yellow. This plant is harvested in summer and is used fresh.
Indigo from the Istmo region creates blue threads. A brown color is derived from oak bark collected in the woods in the Sierra Sur, and cochineal is used to obtain the pink color.

Through this shooting session we wanted to evoke various feelings such as simplicity, peace, retaking the natural, celebrating what Mother Earth has inherited for us. The use of organic materials in textile handmade production is what we wanted to highlight, to inspire and show the wonderful colors and contrasts from our clothing brand.

The inspiration came after our trip to Oaxaca, where we captured through photos, videos the artisanal process and special details on how to how the garment was created. Each image is a story, a treasure made to last. You can actually read about our journey in the SFW Blog and see the people behind the process.

The magic of creating each clothing piece helps us maintain the cultural diversity, empower local people and show respect to the nature by investing with an organic micro collection. Imagine that behind each image is a story of an artisan, threading with her/his hands the clothes you as a conscious consumer will cherish for life.

This is our goal to collaborate with artisans, to create long-lasting pieces to cherish for life. Bohetnika is committed to support the slow fashion movement, bring value as a brand committed to fairtrade and share the local stories to the world. I invite the Slow Fashion Community to create fashion without creating waste.

Black huipil: “Brocado” from San Juan Cotzocón,Oaxaca, Mexico.

Mexico is a wonderful country, we have so much to offer! The possibilities are endless. The world of creativity is inherited from our ancestors and it is very motivating that we can continue to transmit to the whole world a message full of tradition and culture through videos, images, events, fashion, music … in everything!

Striped Huipil: San Juan Colorado, Oaxaca. Natural dyed and hand woven by Cooperative Jiñi u’ñu

THE TEAM BEHIND

#StoriesForImpact for BOHETNIKA

Creative Direction: Lizeth Soto Rivas  @lizethsotorivas
Model: Daniela Salas @danielasalas_m 
MUA: Hefzibá Mares @heffzyba 
Location: Durango, México.

Lizeth Soto Rivas

Founder Bohetnika and part 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

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