Markets at Pachamama 2018

At this year’s Pachamama Festival (June 15-16, 2018), several artisan market stalls will fill Addison Road Community Centre. The stalls, while each offering unique crafts, are bound together by a common thread: they focus on environmental and indigenous sustainability, embodying a core ethos of SLAFF’s Pachamama Festival. The Pachamama Festival, which started in 2014, promotes sustainability and fosters an appreciation for Pachamama (Mother Earth in the Quechua and Aymara languages) through storytelling, film, photography, music and art. The Festival also seeks to showcase the work of indigenous groups in Australia and Latin America and to highlight the value of their traditions, which can so easily be swept aside in the globalised and commercialised world of today.

Check out the stallholders at the Pachamama Festival this year!

Gillawarra Arts is the joint creation of Krystal Hurst and Angie Davis, two Worimi women from the mid-north coast of NSW. Their brand creates jewellery, visual arts and adornments handcrafted from natural materials such as emu feathers, porcupine quills, shells, seaweed and native seeds. They also run jewellery and art workshops across Australia. Krystal and Karen share similar cultural values to those of the Pachamama Festival: “We, as Indigenous people, have a strong connection to the kin, land, rivers, sea and sky, and our responsibility to care for this land for future generations.” To see more from Gillawarra Arts, visit its Etsy page and Instagram.

Kogi Coffee imports beans from the Kogi people, an indigenous tribe in Colombia. The green beans, endemic to the Sierra Nevada of Colombia, are grown wild in the rainforest. Production of the beans is managed autonomously by the Kogi people. Proceeds of the sale of the beans in Australia go back to the Kogi people and towards buying back sacred sites and traditional sites. For more information on Kogi Coffee, see its website and Instagram.

MAHICO celebrates textiles as a different method of storytelling. MAHICO works in partnership with Indigenous weavers in Mexico to showcase unique, high-quality, ethically-produced textiles and stories. It seeks to support and empower artisans, by allowing them to share their traditional techniques and systems of knowledge, so that they can be passed on to future generations and teach us how to respect our planet. To see how MAHICO weaves together ethics and aesthetics, check out its Facebook and Instagram.

Mami Watta Collections was founded by Ana Maria, a Colombian indigenous activist. Her family comes from the Andean highlands of Boyacá, the land of the Muisca people. Saddened by the loss of this culture in mainstream Colombia, she strives to support the preservation of traditional cultures around the world. Ana Maria works directly with a group of artisans from the Embera Chami tribe, who have been victims of internal displacement due to the armed conflict in Colombia. Mami Watta Collections offers handcrafted art pieces that utilise traditional indigenous beading techniques. To see Mami Watta Collections’ beautiful creations, take a look at its website and Instagram.

Maraca are Mauricio Echeverry and Jorge Mansilla, who work exclusively with rescued, upcycled and handmade materials to create one-of-a-kind earrings, necklaces, button covers, shoe accessories and brooches. Their accessories are wacky, creative and super-fun, inspired by nature, tropical drinks, flamboyant nannas, colourful music and visits to Bunnings. To see more of Maraca’s marvellous creations, take a look at its website and Instagram.

Oleo Life is partners Rafael Figueroa and Mayte Salonia. They create essential oil blends to help care for your wellbeing, delight your senses and enhance your mood. Rafael and Mayte work in the fast-paced, high-stress corporate world and have wrestled with its negative implications on their general health and wellbeing. The natural therapeutic benefits of essential oils helped them to alleviate these everyday stresses. For more information about Oleo Life, see its website and Instagram.

Tonsuca means “blossom,” “prospering” and “birth” in the Muisca language of the indigenous Chibcha community in Colombia. Colombian-born Paola Montana founded the Tonsuca project to support independent young talents and create unique, meaningful and sustainable art. The project strongly believes in sustainable design and draws inspiration from the artisanship of indigenous groups in South America. To learn more about Tonsuca, check out its Facebook and Instagram.

WEFTshop unites beautiful design and ethical process to create fun fashion. Their limited-edition cushions, jewellery, bags and accessories are crafted by artisans in Burma, many of whom are refugees and migrants. These artisans are paid double the minimum wage for their work. To find out more about WEFTshop, check out its website and Instagram.

According to Yogitown’s creator, Chilean-born Valerita Ramirez, the brand was born from the idea to yoke clothing and yoga. The designs are hand-drawn and screen-printed in Sydney’s Inner West, using vegan water-based inks. The garments use only organic fibres and are manufactured ethically, as certified by the Fair Wear Foundation. Yogitown’s ethical and sustainable production process reflects their respect for Pachamama (Mother Earth). To see some of Yogitown’s beautiful designs, take a look at its website and Instagram.