Born in El Salvador, Lula Mena has a long history with artisanal design.
While studying artisanal design at a local university, Lula fell in love with the traditional techniques used by artisans throughout the country, and saw that many were disappearing and were being replaced with more industrialized and impersonal techniques.
Since then, she has sought ways to contribute to the rescue of traditional techniques by working directly with artisan communities to produce high quality products with an emphasis on design.
Following this goal, she was a pioneer in the reactivation process of indigo farming and its use in handmade products, primarily textile dyes. She was also a consultant for several NGOs in artisanal design.