How We Work
MINNA believes that contemporary design should not sacrifice social responsibility or quality. By focusing on artisan production and traditional craft techniques, we strive to help ensure both craft preservation and job creation. The artisans we work with set their own wages, and we are committed to following fair trade practices in all aspects of our business. Each handmade piece is the result of a careful production process, and we hope that you can see and feel the difference.
In Mexico, we collaborate with two families of weavers. Our rugs are woven by a fourth generation traditional Zapotec weaver in Teotitlan de Valle. He works closely with his wife to naturally dye the wool and finish all the tapetes. Our cotton blankets and dash towels are woven in nearby Mitla by a family of flying shuttle loom weavers. The process with both of these families is highly collaborative, and we remain in direct communication throughout the year to bring new designs to life.
In Guatemala, we collaborate with two different organizations that connect us to weavers. Our flat weave and shaggy pillows are handwoven in the hills of the Totonicapan region of Guatemala. Along Lake Atitlan, in the village of Nahula, our stripe kitchen towels and napkins are woven by a man named Manuel. Manuel has 8 looms and has worked hard to put his three children through highschool and college, something that’s exceedingly rare for a Nahuala faimily.
In Uruguay, we collaborate with a non-profit social organization that connects us to women-led artisan cooperatives throughout the country. The craftswomen not only weave the final product, but they also spin and dye the yarn. The care that goes into each piece is inherent. We collaborate with these groups on our luxurious Eva throws.