Colorado Mailing Address:
Sustaining Cultures is a non-profit organization based in Alma,
Colorado and Taos, New Mexico. Learn more about our goals to
increase awareness and contribute to the persistence of unique
cultures around the world through this website or contact us.
We work primarily with traditional and indigenous peoples and
their cultures in Mexico and Latin America.
P.O. Box 157, Alma, CO 80420
New Mexico Mailing
1329 Maestas Road. Taos, NM 87571
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Town of Taos has earned designation as a Fair Trade Town. Town Council Members passed
a resolution and enacted guidelines to prepare for the coveted
designation. Taos is the first Fair Trade Town in New Mexico,
the first in the Western United States, and the fifth nationally.
What's it all about?
Learn here about the many
dimensions of Fair Trade including the certifying organizations,
the Fair Trade Towns concept, and the many resources available
regarding Fair Trade. Click on the logos below from some of our
fair trade partners to get started.
Trade Certifiers & Membership Organizations
FAIR TRADE PARTNERS
WHERE TO FIND US
CAN BE FOUND AT THE
MARKETS IN COLORADO:
Sustaining Cultures sells
Zapotecan rugs, La Chamba cookware, coffees, and other fair trade
items in the summertime at outdoor markets in Summit and Eagle
counties in Colorado. Please look for us at the following markets
Vail Farmers Market
and Art Show
Dillon Farmers Market
Breckenridge Sunday Market
Frisco Fourth of July
Arts & Crafts Market
The artisan cooperative Eco-Alebrijes
was formed in 2004. It now consists of 18 families from the community
of Arrazola just out side of Oaxaca city in southern Mexico and
near Monte Alban, a United Nations World Heritage archaeological
site. The families number 117 people including children and adults.
The cooperative is unique in that they use only sustainably harvested
copal wood for their work.
The alebrije figures are carved
from green copal, then carefully dried in the sun, and eventually
sanded, before being painted with acrylics. Most carving is done
by men and most painting is done by women. Each piece has the
names of the artisans written on the bottom. This art form originated
in Mexico city about 70 years ago using paper mache and has been
perfected into copal carving in Oaxaca since then.
Intercambio - San Jose State University, California USA
FAIR TRADE PARTNERS
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LA CHAMBA COOKWARE
La Chamba Cookware is made from black
micaceous clay found only in central Colombia. Archaeologists
believe that this region in Colombia is home to the oldest pottery
found in the Americas
BUY LA CHAMBA
more about La Chamba and its history.
Here's what Michael Pollan has to say about La Chamba in his
latest book about food and healthy eating
to use and care for your La Chamba Cookware.
La Chamba Cookware
VIDA NUEVA (Weaving)
Nueva is a cooperative of Zapotecan women from the state of Oaxaca,
Mexico. Zapotecans are one of the two largest groups of indigenous
peoples in Oaxaca which has the largest indigenous population
in Mexico. Sustaining Cultures works directly with this cooperative
helping to support their efforts by marketing their weavings
and promoting their endeavors in the U.S. (more)
Our Nicaraguan pottery comes
from the Pueblo of San Juan de Oriente where some of the finest
decorative pottery in Central America is made. The ceramic tradition
in San Juan de Oriente goes back over 500 years to pre-colonial
times. This community was so highly regarded for its ceramic
work that pottery was used to pay taxes to the Spanish government.
Today these artisans have achieved national and international
recognition following a revival of their traditions through a
US based organization called Potters for Peace.
LA YURATA (Huichol Art)
The Ywrata, or Yurata,
is a Huichol community that is in the state of Nayarit. The name
Yurata means: that which is growing little by little. The La
Yurata community is forming an artisans cooperative. Sustaining
Cultures works directly with this cooperative group helping to
support their efforts by marketing their yarn paintings and promoting
their endeavors in the U.S. (more)