5 de Mayo, not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which occurs on September 16, is held to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely triumph over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on 1862. This colorful and joyful celebration has taken greater significance outside its borders then in Mexico, it is an opportunity to celebrate Mexican culture, cuisine and music, it is a form of gratitude for the contribution to the culture of other countries and a source of pride for Mexicans living abroad.
Join the celebration this year by supporting Mexican artisans and designers, who keep centuries-old traditions alive with the beautiful objects they create. The stunning pieces that you will find below these lines are rich in Mexico’s savoir faire, so you can celebrate and share wisdom at the table with your friends and family.
The Zipolite cushion comes from the Costa Chica in Oaxaca. It is made on a wooden pedal loom from 100% cotton, with traditional Zapotecan brocades adorning it. The pedals are so heavy, they are usually operated by men.
The ebony hues of the barro negro pieces are due to the properties of the clay found only in San Bartolo Coyotepec, in the Western Mexican state of Oaxaca. No paint is used, yet they are pitch black and oh, so shiny.