Árbol de Viento is the creation of Martha Gomez and Marisa Collado. Both Martha and Marisa were born and raised in different parts of Mexico and come from large families, each built of seven brothers and sisters – no relation. Through common interests, they have come together to create a brand with a unique voice. With their backgrounds in graphic design, academic work, and affection for traditional Mexican textile artisan work, they met in the city of León, Guanajuato, in Central Mexico, where Árbol de Viento, meaning “tree of wind,” was born. In 2009, they began working with a group of Mixteco artisans known for their palm weaving. By designing new products for the Mixteco artisans to sell, they helped to provide a sustained way of life and progress. In 2010, they decided to venture out into the fashion world where they began to develop a line of handbags using palm weaving combined with leather. As their line grew, so did their connection to other indigenous artisan communities in Mexico.
Made In: México Designer From: México
“When we created our brand, we were looking for a concept to evoke nature, since we both enjoy it very much and know that we have to take care of it.” With that, they use natural materials, such as palm fibers, leather and cotton fabrics that pose no harm to nature. In addition, they hope their work helps keep the traditional artisan culture alive. Their designs are first drawn out then sent to the artisans, where they are meticulously hand crafted into existence. Their inspiration is derived from their natural surroundings, deep-rooted culture, and the constant studying of ancient tradition. “Our research immersed us in the myths and symbols of ancient Mexican cultures. While in this process, we found ourselves surrounded by an unsuspected world of poetry and magic. This became an endless source of inspiration and delight.”
Their “Symbol” collection is indicative of their passion and in depth knowledge of these ancient cultures, as well as the influences of their daily lives. “We look for ideas of shapes and styles everywhere, in the street, in publications of every kind, in local markets, in craft fairs, etc. At the same time we look for interesting ancient Mexican symbols, myths and their meaning, in archeology and anthropology books and magazines.” Flechada is honored and proud to present Árbol de Viento’s line of handcrafted handbags to you. In the same way that Martha and Marisa continue to seize each opportunities nature keeps giving them, to create and give back to Mexican artisan culture, you, too, can seize this opportunity and be a part of something special.
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