Lula Mena

White Zig Zag Placemats

$ 60.00

Handmade placemats made on traditional loom with 100% cotton threads and tassels.

 

Size: 13 x 18 Inches

Exclusively at Lula Mena, our soft white machine washable placemats add a handmade touch to your table, with charming tassel details. Mix and match with patterned serve ware or classic white for a versatile tablescape. 

We believe that small actions performed conscientiously and with commitment have marvelous results. That is why all our designs and processes are based on 5 principles. Each one is the basis for the positive impact that we wish to make in our country and in the world:

 

ECO-FRIENDLY


We believe in conscious design with a high degree of respect for human beings and the environment; that is why what we use are natural or discarded materials that we repurpose. Fish scales, natural seeds, copper wire from energy meters or discarded tires are some of the materials that we transform into uniquely designed pieces. We also apply this principle to our production processes.

HANDMADE

Our products contribute to the preservation of artisanal techniques such as fabric woven in lever looms or in double frame looms. Each product is handmade and has a unique story. There are no knots or curves that are alike. In a world in which the majority of things are mass produced, we wish to offer designs that show the beauty of a handmade, one-of-a-kind product.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

We work with women in rural communities of El Salvador, training them and empowering them to be self-sustainable and to believe in themselves, transforming their lives through honest and stable work that generates hope and development. We are convinced that when we touch a woman’s life it has a multiplying effect of wellbeing for their children, their family and their community.

FAIR TRADE

We work under norms of fair trade; therefore we make sure that all our communities receive fair payment for their work. In some cases they receive 4 times as much as is normally earned in rural areas of El Salvador. We also make sure that each person has good work and development conditions. We believe that every child deserves to enjoy his/her childhood; therefore, we ascertain that no kind of child labor exists within our communities. We value diversity and beauty of all genders, races and orientations.

INNOVATION

We are constantly reinventing our designs to offer contemporary and innovative products that adapt to the demands of the present market, while preserving artisanal techniques and repurposing natural or discarded materials. We see beauty in the most unexpected places and constantly try to find new ways in which to show the complexity of our culture by designing unique and original products.

Thread by thread, stories that have been transmitted from generation to generation are woven in this community, to create textiles  that carry in their design its cultural identity.  

Located in a place where 40 years ago there were more than 50 artisans and 200 looms engaged in weaving in lever looms, our community Hand-woven Stories is the only one that survives, led by artisanal master Mr. Don Ciro Castro. 

Don Ciro learned the technique of weaving in a lever loom from his father and has passed it on to new generations, who at present are the ones that produce the lines of textile accessories that Lula designs for the home. 

Lula designs lines of products using artisanal techniques that are disappearing in El Salvador, such as weaving in lever and double frame looms, and markets them throughout the world. This enables communities of artisans to access fair and sustainable work opportunities by producing Lula’s designs. 

The women who work at Lula Mena earn up to 3 times more than their husbands, making them the main providers of their homes. This allows them to be able to make important decisions about their lives, such as providing health care and education for their children.

INCOME

The norm in rural areas is that children between the ages of 10 to 12 work the fields with their parents taking care of crops.
The children of the women who work at Lula Mena are the first ones in their families enrolled in higher education. We are excited to announce that we will soon celebrate the third generation of high school graduates.

SCHOOLING

58% of the people that live in rural areas in El Salvador live in overcrowded conditions. When there is overcrowding in families, there is a higher risk of certain problems occurring, such as domestic violence, family disintegration, poor school performance, among others.

 

300 SALVADORANS TRY TO MIGRATE TO THE UNITED STATES DAILY DUE TO LACK OF WORK OPPORTUNITIES. 

When Lula Mena began working in rural communities, many of the young women wanted to immigrate to the United States. Now that they have seen that there is an opportunity for a better life in their community, their perception of immigration has changed.  They feel more confident that they will be able to provide for their families without having to leave the country. We want to continue to grow in order to offer more young adults the opportunity to work with us and avoid immigration.

 

One of the major challenges we faced when we began working with women was gaining the approval of their husbands. Most of the husbands and family members worried that the women would not be able to work and meet the household’s responsibilities.

Now, their husbands prepare dinner, take care of the children, and offer them support. There is still a strong sexist culture, “machismo”, in rural areas of El Salvador that we are trying to change by empowering women.

 

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