Today is International Day of the World Indigenous Peoples! Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to work with NGO Impacto in Chiapas, Mexico. NGO Impacto works with Indigenous communities in Southern Mexico to help raise income levels, fight poverty, and improve the livelihood of the people in the communities.
For this project, we travelled to 6 different communities, where NGO Impacto works with women to help get them a fair price for the textile clothing and material they produce. The women work by hand, and one article of clothing could take up to a few months to create. Each community creates their own designs, with different colours, materials, and methods to differentiate their work. The methods used have been passed down for generations, and some techniques date back to the time of the ancient Mayans. It was fascinating to watch the skill and passion of these women as they created their work!
Below are a selection of the images we created of the women, their work, and their lives in the 6 different communities we visited.
To find out more about NGO Impacto, please visit http://impacto.org.mx/en/