Sustaining Cultures is a tax exempt non-profit organization based
in 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.
Old County Courthouse
Taos, New Mexico
1329 Maestas Road. Taos, NM 87571
is a Member of
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
Sustaining Cultures has a
retail store in Taos New Mexico on the Historic Taos Plaza. We
are located in the Old County Courthouse Mercado on the north
side of the Plaza. Look for us there in our new space in the
late spring/summer of 2013. We are temporarily closed for the
Our store is staffed by volunteers
from UpCycled Fashions and offers a variety of their products
as well as fair trade arts and crafts from our trading partners.
Our Taos store is a collaboration with a womens' non-profit organization
based in northern New Mexico. UpCycled Fashions is part of Art
for the Heart. UpCycled provides opportunities for women
in northern New Mexico to work in their homes and make new women's,
and children's clothing from recycled clothing.
Sustaining Cultures also 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
Sundays from 10am-3:30pm
June 16th-Sept 22nd
Dillon Farmers Market
Fridays from 9am-2pm
May 31st - September 13th
Saturdays from June 29th - September 14th
Breckenridge Sunday Market
Sundays from June 16th -
Frisco Fourth of July
Arts & Crafts Market
July 3-5th, Main Street
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.
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)
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