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Artisan Organization: GlobeIn

Country: Mexico

Your new placemats come from the Mexican state of Puebla, in a region known as Mixteca, where weaving is a way of life, and where raw materials such as palm leaves are transformed into ritual and ornamental objects.

Your placemats were woven by Don Vulfrano Eustaquio Martinez Ramirez. Decades ago, his parents initiated the making of palm leaf tablecloths in their village of Santa Clara Huitziltepec. When Vulfrano was 10 years old, they taught him the craft. Today he is 68 and has a family of his own that weaves alongside him.

Vulfrano, his wife, and their two sons think of themselves as a “little factory” of not only palm leaf products, but of the tradition itself, and its continuation into the future.