New Sustainable Project in Atotonilco
By Jade Arroyo
On February 9 the sustainable project Monica Fibras Naturales was launched in Atotonilco. It seeks a balance between aesthetics, functionality, recycling, design, and awareness of materials. This project presents the work of Colectivo Artesanal (Artisan Collective), formed by women artisans of the region who have been working in the group for nine years, creating an economical alternative for themselves and their families while cultivating self-expression and making the bonds of community organization stronger. This is a project in which the handmade is the base, either as textile threads, yarns, fabrics, pieces, old furniture and, of course, natural fibers such as reeds, wool, cotton, rock, all constant sources of inspiration. The director of this initiative is Monica Ramirez, who has found a form of expression and a way to transform and to intervene to restore various objects, making room for new ways of relating to things. She has been given the task to preserve and honor the vocation of objects, rescue fabrics, garments, parts, and textiles and renew them with embroidery and weaving. Sustainability, the handmade item, caring for the environment, and fair trade are ideological factors of the project since its inception, values that are strengthened with the passage of time.
The project has been working for over 15 years, creating a unique universe, with an understanding of the basics without being traditional and using color without being ordinary. Lifestyle, research, and creative movement have been instrumental in its formation by showing the beauty of nature and the contemporary through natural fibers.
According to members, the relevance and impact of the project in society is the reuse of what nature and society give us to the benefit of future generations, combining efforts in community with aesthetic, functional proposals and seeking to develop a social awareness of the natural and recycling.
The showroom of the project is located in Quinta San Juan Capistrano, El Cortijo-Atotonilco, open from 10 am to 1:30pm or by appointment. Workshops with the techniques used are also available. For more information visit www.monicafibrasnaturales.com