Have you heard about Montes & Clark? A vibrant and exciting new Interiors brand, the company uses handcrafted Mexican textiles to make contemporary artisanal pieces for around the home. And the result? Simply stunning! We chatted to them to find out a bit more about the company:
Montes & Clark was established to support and showcase the best Mexican textile craft. We have always set out to make sure that we pay the women a fair price for their hard work and talent, rather than haggle down their prices. We feedback to them which designs and colours are popular so they can learn how to export to international markets.
But it isn't just about a fair price, we also work with a Mexican weaving cooperative who support their women artisans in learning skills, providing accommodation when they come to training from their remote mountain homes, and the cooperative champions these indigenous women's rights in Mexico. By working with the cooperative, the organisation can ensure the work is allocated fairly amongst the women, and they can train them up to be the best weavers. This means providing workshops, training, tools and equipment. They even train some of the younger girls in computing, business and language skills.
This is vital to ensure the sustainability of this ancient craft in Mexico into the next generations in a modern world.
All the textiles we buy are made from cotton which is a natural, biodegradable fibre. Our long term plans are to work with the cooperatives to source fairtrade and organic cotton.
The striking designs and beautiful hand embroidery of our collections lift the spirits, and we are passionate about bringing the vibrancy of these Mexican textiles into British homes. We love working with these talented women in Mexico who the designers are said to go to caves to dream up the symbolic patterns. The drawn cloth is then passed onto the embroiderers who complete these works of art by choosing the colours and working the stitches.
The two founders, Lucy Montes de Oca and Kate Clark are both experienced in the field too. Kate is a hugely talented and experienced embroidery expert and artist and leads on the design, development and quality of the products, and uses her experience to turn the embroidery into contemporary and unique designs.
Lucy has responsibility for sourcing fabric and planning further developments to support the cooperatives - she actively liaises with the cooperatives and visits Mexico frequently - also works on marketing for this new brand.
So what are you waiting for; check out their range here and inject some dynamism into your home!