Chilpa was born in 2013 in Nunhead, London with Mexican roots. We design and sell fairly traded, ethical & handmade Mexican products made with love. At Chilpa we believe that artisanal products don't have to be kitsch or old fashioned. So we collaborate with Mexican artisans to create new products that bring colour and Mexican style to everyone's lives. Our homewares and accessories are designed in the UK with a contemporary lifestyle in mind. Mexican at heart, our products are rich in detail and quality and incorporating centuries-old artisanal techniques with contemporary design. Our aim is to highlight the skill of the artisans we work with and the beauty in traditional craft. We trade directly with the artisans and promote sustainable employment by paying a fair price for their work.
We currently work closely with 5 communities of artisans.
Chilpa's cotton rebozos (Mexican scarves) are handwoven with skill and love in Tenancingo, a town 90km outside of Mexico City and one of the last places where rebozos are still made by hand. Our wool throws and rebozos are made in Oaxaca by Arturo and his family.
Every rebozo we sell is made in the traditional method on a foot treadle loom, using organic dyes and cotton or wool of the best quality, often in small home-based workshops. Although time consuming, this method is eco-friendly and has a minimal environmental impact.
Our home-wares are hand embroidered by a cooperative of women in Tenango de Doria, a 5 hour drive into the mountains from Mexico City. Each one comes embroidered with the artisan's initials.
Finally, the paper bunting is produced in a small town in Puebla, where the artisans carve our designs onto stacks of tissue paper by hand using chisels and hammer only.
At Chilpa we believe in giving back to the community and we're proud to be a social enterprise, donating part of our profits to a fund established to preserve this tradition within the community. Our aim is to provide training and skills for younger generations of artisans.
We hope you love them as much as we do. For more about Mexico and rebozos, visit our blog.