Last weekend we were at the THEM pop-up store. This weekend, we went and discovered the El Camino project. Their pop-up store was at 48 rue Sainte Anne from May 26 to June 2.
We met Véronique, founder of the French association El Camino.
What is El Camino?
Who better than the women involved in this project to explain it:
The designers of the French association El Camino and the 130 weavers of the Mexican civil society El Camino de Los Altos have been collaborating since 1996 in the creation of a unique textile collection, combining contemporary design and Maya heritage
From the French side, Véronique Tesseraud and her designer friends. From the Mexican side, 130 women from tsotsile and telstral communities.
The purpose of the project is to keep an ancestral art alive. This art is very present in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. The positive impact on the community in addition to the beautiful creation makes it an overall great project!
The work between the French and the Mexicans is collaborative: they design together, build premises together, but it is the Mexican weavers who create these beautiful pieces. The colors of textiles change from red, to deep blue, to yellow, we take a short color-rest and we go again with oranges, patterns, features. Only beautiful pieces that will give color and character to your home !
Véronique and her association do not negotiate the prices of the textiles they buy from the weavers of El Camino de Los Altos.
They work together in good intelligence to determine the fairest price possible for everyone: weavers, associations El Camino and El Camino de Los Altos and the end consumer!
As you know, this is something we support and encourage at My Craft Curator!
Where to find them?
The rue Sainte Anne pop-up store ends today, but you can find the beautiful textiles at the following address:
La boutique solidaire
19 rue Durantin
You can also find them at the Atelier Caraco – Canezou (4 rue Saulnier, 75009 Paris) on the following dates:
- Thursday, June 21 from 18h to 22h
- Friday, June 22 from noon to 10 pm
- Saturday, June 23 from noon to 8 pm
- Sunday, June 24 from noon to 6 pm
If you have the opportunity go and discover El Camino for yourself !
Thanks again to Véronique for the time, the explanations and the beautiful project!
See you soon,
My Craft Curator
Written by Sarah