• The designers of the French association El Camino and the 130 weavers of the Mexican civil association El Camino de Los Altos have been collaborating since 1996 to create a unique textile collection combining contemporary design and Mayan heritage.
    Working together, the associations have established a work center in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico in which to train, develop and transmit the ancient art of backstrap loom weaving, to professionalize their activity and to develop their creative and marketing skills. The center provides an overall sense of solidarity contributing to improving the living conditions of the weavers whilst offering each of them a range of opportunities for personal development.

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    The association has received numerous awards in recognition of its work in support of women.

  • Camino Association / commitment

    P2-CAMINOTES

    In 1996, textile designer Véronique Tesseraud created El Camino, a French non-profit association which brought together a group of friends, including textile designers, graphic designers,and visual artists.

  • El Camino de los Altos Association / project

    P3-ECLA

    At the request of the weavers, In January 2009, El Camino created the Mexican civil association El Camino de los Altos (ECLA). The center, located in San Cristobal de las Casas, opened in March 2009 for and with 130 Tsotsiles and Tseltales women in order to create an authentic professional tool centered on back-strap weaving.

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    P4-CARTE-Chiapas

    The state of Chiapas, situated close to the Guatemalan border, is one of the richest regions in terms of Mexican textile traditions, and one of the country’s poorest and most marginalized indigenous populations.
    The weavers of ECLA live and work in the Chamula, San Andres Larrainzar, Pantelho, Oxchuc, and Zinacantan municipalities spread throughout the mountains surrounding San Cristobal de Las Casas.

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    P5-FEMMES

    As highly accomplished weavers and custodians of an ancestral prehispanic art, we decided to work in close collaboration with El Camino de los Altos in order to create a tangible educational, social and economic alternative for ourselves and our families.

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    P6-RIRES

    Working together, the weavers and designers of El Camino de los Altos create a highly contemporary textile collection strictly in keeping with traditional Mayan techniques and motifs and which reproduces the quality of colors and shades produced from natural dyes.

  •  P7-JUANA

    Our relationships and actions are based on solidarity and mutual trust.
    By sharing our expertise and know-how, we are able to construct a collective project and acquire autonomy and freedom.

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    P8-VENTE

    We are making every effort to disseminate this collection throughout Mexico, Europe and America, in order to guarantee the weavers an equitable, ongoing remuneration.

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    P9-ENFANTS

    The contemporary awareness of French creators focused on the heritage of Chiapas, the refinement of the range of colors and the quality of the materials, enable El Camino de los Altos to place all our collections in a high-end, ethical and ethnic contemporary design market.