TULE WEAVING CRAFT

Mexican Boots Upper Leather Supplier

Location: León, México

ABOUT LEFARC

LEFARC is one of the most recognized tanneries in Mexico and internationally, thanks to their experience, infrastructure, innovation and ecological awareness. Throughout their leather tanning trajectory they have gained national and international customer's trust.

They are aware that sustainability has become more important and that's why they are looking for new and better consumption alternatives, thinking about tomorrow. The cow hides they use is a by-product of the meat industry and they cut the equivalent of 900 cattle daily from being sent to landfills and their products are certified to be free of restricted substances, based on “Reach California’s 65”. They are also certified by the Leather Working Group and for being a sustainable fiber by ECOSURE.

Every hide they produce passes by 70 Mexican hands, so they give back to their society by supporting non profits that help athletes from different fields, orphanages in Guanajuato, school painting associations and elder houses.  

"WE USED TO WORRY ABOUT RECYCLING, TODAY WE LOOK FOR A CIRCULAR ECONOMY WHERE PRODUCTS HAVE A CONTINUOUS LIFE."

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Artesanías Tona-Mich

Handwoven Mimbre Homeware

Location: Tzintzuntzan, Michoacan.

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ABOUT ADRÍAN

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Adrían Juaquín Morales set up his mimbre workshop, Artesanías Tona-Mich, 8 years ago. Born and raised in the Purepecha community, he continues the tradition of waving tule that has been in his family for 4 generations already. The family-based workshop is led by the values of union, trust and honesty. So it will not come as a surprise that all the artisans work together in close relationships.

The workshop is open to the public and you can find it at: Vasco de Quiroga # 7, 58442 Tzintzuntzán, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico.

TULE WEAVING IS ORIGINALLY FROM PÁTZCUARO.

"THE UNIQUE, NATURAL STRUCTURE OF THE PRODUCT IS WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL."

MEET THE ARTISANS

Héctor - Owner

Héctor and his father started the workshop in 2003 when Héctor was only 18 years old and with very limited equipment. His father taught him everything he knew about boot making and since then the family business has grown to employ more people.

Armando - Owner

Armando is Hector's business partner and has a lifelong experience in the boot making industry. First as a sales manager and then a boot maker himself. He's married and all of his 3 children work at the workshop.

Pedro - Leather Cutter

Pedro has a lifelong experience in the shoemaking craft and has worked with Armando and Héctor from the beginning of their workshop in 2003

David - Leather Cutter

David is married and has 3 children. He learned the craft at age 13 from his father, who was also a leather cutter.

Denisse - Finance and Planning

Denisse studied International Commerce and she takes care of the finantial and administrative aspects of the family business while she helps in the boot production. She has a daughter that would love to be part of the family business one day too.

Martha - Preliminaries and Adornment

Martha started working at the workshop since she was 15 years old, but then decided to take a small break to start a family. Recently she returned to the family business.

José Jesús - Sole Polisher

Father of 3. He started working as a shoe maker at 15 years old at his uncle's workshop where he still works to this day. Normally he splits his time between his family and Hector's workshop so he provide for his family.

ABOUT

THE PROCESS

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The mimbre products are woven when the reeds are still green and moist, so they can be easily bent and knotted. This knotting technique is ancient and is actually quite complex. Because of the rough material, it’s a challenge for the craftsmen to create a seamless piece with a smooth surface. But the perfection of the weaving pattern amplifies the beauty of this texture and gives the products a distinct look.

Learn more about our other Mexican craftsmanship here.

"BECAUSE THE TULE GROWS SO NEAR TO US, WE GREW UP WITH THE WEAVING TRADITION AND MATERIAL."

Adrían Morales

ABOUT THE

WORKSHOP

The workshop is so near the Pátzcuaro Lake that the process of collection the material is easy and eco-friendly. As the fiber is technically a weed, the craft helps prevent overgrowth, which helps the ecological balance of the lake area.

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"WE VALUE UNION, CLOSENESS, TRUST, HONESTY AND INTEGRITY IN OUR WORKSHOP."

 

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TULE WEAVING CRAFT

ARTESANÍAS TONA-MICH

Handwoven mimbre homeware

Location: Tonala, Jalisco.

ABOUT ADRÍAN.


Adrían Juaquín Morales set up his mimbre workshop, Artesanías Tona-Mich, 8 years ago. Born and raised in the Purepecha community, he continues the tradition of waving tule that has been in his family for 4 generations already. The family-based workshop is led by the values of union, trust and honesty. So it will not come as a surprise that all the artisans work together in close relationships.

The workshop is open to the public and you can find it at: Vasco de Quiroga # 7, 58442 Tzintzuntzán, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico.

"THE UNIQUE, NATURAL STRUCTURE OF THE PRODUCT IS WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL."

ABOUT THE PROCESS.


The mimbre products are woven when the reeds are still green and moist, so they can be easily bent and knotted. This knotting technique is ancient and is actually quite complex. Because of the rough material, it’s a challenge for the craftsmen to create a seamless piece with a smooth surface. But the perfection of the weaving pattern amplifies the beauty of this texture and gives the products a distinct look.

Learn more about our other Mexican craftsmanship here.

"BECAUSE THE TULE GROWS SO NEAR TO US, WE GREW UP WITH THE WEAVING TRADITION AND MATERIAL."

-Adrían Morales

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP.


The workshop is so near the Pátzcuaro Lake that the recollection of the material is so easy and ecological friendly to collect. This fiber it's also seen as an overpowering weed and this craft helps a lot with the ecological balance of the lake.