"The Kanxoc people are warriors — they are known and defined by their identity. Their land and traditions are sacred while their stories tell how they... managed to preserve their culture."
"The Kanxoc Community encourages artisans of Yucatan's Maya population in Kanxoc through a self-sustaining project for the design and development of artisan handicrafts preserving traditional uses, customs and techniques.
"We came to the Kanxoc community in 2010 and became acquainted with the people, their way of life and their world view. To better understand, we lived with them for a year and shared many experiences. We learned about their handicrafts and decided to help promote their work.
"In 2013, we were able to bring in designers who trained a group of women to improve their designs and techniques. We also encouraged musical education in the elementary school chorus.
"The Kanxoc people are warriors — they are known and defined by their identity. Their land and traditions are sacred while their stories tell how they refused to be conquered by the Spaniards and managed to preserve their culture.
"Our mission is to promote innovative and high quality crafts, encourage personal and professional development and contribute to the richness of Mayan culture.
"Embroidery is a typical activity in Yucatan, passed down from parents to children. Before joining us, the artisans embroidered only their traditional huipil blouses. Today, this traditional embroidery brings beauty to trendy handbags and accessories.
"In 2014, we began selling Kanxoc crafts in Merida and Mexico City. In 2015, we created a workshop where members can embroider together. It is also a center for learning.
"Artisans work as a team — some cut fabric, others embroider and sew the pieces together. We use different types of fabric like canvas, poplin and satin.
"Our art bears fruit and creates friendships. Kanxoc Community artisans now earn a steady income and don't have to leave their children alone or pay for transportation to sell their crafts. They know how much their crafts are worth.
"We've organized excursions, like when we went to Izamal and Ekbalam, which was the first time the artisans had ventured outside of their community. Throughout this wonderful project, we began a literacy program. We donated eyeglasses to the women weavers and built eco-friendly bathrooms in their homes. We're planning to start backyard vegetable gardens and have many more projects in mind."