in Nachig, Zinacantán
This collaboration is about translating the art of indigenous people native to the land where cacao originated.
The edible bars become a medium for their textile designs with the goal of resulting in a financially and ecologically sustainable business to serve as a long-term asset for the artisans involved.
Textil Zinacantán a group of women embroidery artists and backstrap loom weavers from the indigenous town of Nachig in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. They speak Tzotzil (a Mayan language). The ladies that founded Textil Zinacantán are eager to make and sell chocolate since their textiles take months to complete. They need secondary forms of income. In pre-Columbian times Zinacantecans exchanged their products with Aztec traders (by the 19th century cacao, tobacco, and coffee). Cacao doesn’t grow in Zinacantán but is abundant in the state of Chiapas and their ancestors traded it.