Upon a visit to Merida Yucatan, Mexico, Tushi Co-Founders and brothers, Arturo and Jorge Arvizu, visited a very beautiful town called Izamal. In this town they made first contact with Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya. A foundation that represents more than 20 traditional Mayan workshops and more than 200 artisans, mainly women.
Through, Taller Maya, the commercial branch of the foundation, they came up with the idea to develop Tushi Pal's handmade cases.
Since then, they have been joined by 3 talented partners, Cesar Silva, Roberto Albarran and Carlos Muriel that share the same passion and commitment to develop socially responsible products . Together they developed Tushi Pal, a next-generation tracker that incorporates state-of-the-art technology and distinctive, traditional work.
Taller Maya is a project developed by Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya, A.C as part of the Social Enterprises component in which they work with community groups to support their initiatives regarding local income generation –promote the creation of social enterprises and integrate them into the formal production sector.
Taller Maya was born when groups of rural Mayan artisans came together to preserve traditional techniques and materials, and working alongside designers created high-quality contemporary design products. The artisans enjoy support that builds and strengthens their co-ops and provides follow-up with regard to production and administration processes while quality and design standards are established and assured.
Its philosophy is based on promoting commercial equity; the foundation has supported and trained more than 500 woman artisans and currently works with 200 women in 16 communities; they constitute the co-ops that create the products Taller Maya sells. Now even woman artisans that are not part of the project have the tools and skills they need to work independently.
Taller Maya has recovered different handicraft techniques from the Yucatán Peninsula: jipi japa, sisal (treadle loom), corchado (spinning sisal manually on one leg), back strap loom.
Is a natural fiber that comes from an endemic palm of Campeche. It is prepared separating each frond, sun drying it and then bleaching it so it takes its natural color. Hand weaving Jipi-Japa leads to a magnificent, fine and tight texture that is mostly used in hat manufacture, but also for purses and jewelry boxes.
or waist lom: this technique consists of weaving Henquen fibers on a wooden loom to create a canvas from which many different products can be made including purses, and small decorative boxes.
Technique in which twisted fibers of wet sisal are stitched together to form a soft and resistant material; mainly used for making hammocks, tablecloths and keychains.