FREE SHIPPING on orders $75+ flat rate shipping just $7
0 Cart
Added to Cart
    You have items in your cart
    You have 1 item in your cart
      Total

      MEXICALI MAKERS: SANTOSH, INDIA

      MEXICALI MAKERS: SANTOSH, INDIA

      Meet Santosh, who with her family and a small group of talented villagers do the wonderful beadwork of the fashion jewelry we find in India. Through the years, our orders have grown and she is most grateful for the work we have given them!

      Check out some of their awesome artistry with the many new arrivals to our jewelry collection right here.

      MEXICALI MAKERS: 20 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP IN JAIPUR, INDIA

      Holi with Anil

      Meet Mexicali Makers Anil, Gopal, and Gopal's son Nikhil! One of our longest vendor relationships and most valued friends, we met Anil through a mutual friend on the very first day we were in India TWENTY YEARS AGO! Time really flies when you’re having fun, and it continues to be such a pleasure to work with and spend time with Anil and his family, who have become wonderful friends over the past two decades. Our children grew up playing with his children, and we are all so happy that now our two daughters are working together as part of our respective family businesses! Carly and Diksha working together feels even more special because women working together in this sort of business is not the norm in the male-dominated culture of India. When they first met and played together at Rajasthani themed village Chokhi Dhani many years ago, they had no idea that this beautiful future was where the path would lead them!
      Both our business and Anil and Gopal’s started small and have grown over the years, and we always go to them for many of the uniquely magical textiles that we sell in Mexicali stores. Specializing in the traditional art of block printing, they are keeping an ancient art technique alive! We are proud to work with Anil, Gopal, Nikhil, and Diksha, both for the quality of their artistry and the fact that they also believe that a happy healthy working environment where artisans are paid fairly for their skills is paramount. On top of having such a positive business relationship, it is one that is based in true friendship.  From sharing delicious home-cooked meals to celebrating traditional Indian festivals like Holi, when we get together we get work done while having FUN (and that’s the most important thing)!
      Check out Diksha and Carly's tour of the factory: 

      MEXICALI MAKERS: BHARAT & SADAHANA, INDIA

      MEXICALI MAKERS: BHARAT & SADAHANA, INDIA

      Meet Mexicali makers Bharat and Sadahana! We have been working with this mother/son team for over 10 years in the magical Holy City of Pushkar, India. We found their shop one day while exploring the city when the kids were young. The bright colors were so inviting, we were drawn right in. Little did we know that after walking in we would feel as though we were part of the family, and a long-time business relationship was just about to blossom!

      Sadhana and Bharat have been providing Mexicali Blues with beautiful magic skirts since our first trip to Pushkar. Welcoming and kind--not to mention Sadhana being an amazing cook--it is a joy to stop by for chai and couple of laughs whenever we are in town!

      Their incredible eye for picking out the prettiest and most colorful silk saris to upcycle has made the Mexicali Magic Skirt a long-time customer favorite. New on the scene are Mini Magic Skirts, which can double as a kid's magic skirt! Shop the mini magic skirt here.

      Also coming soon for the Holiday season we will be offering the option for another cool thing they've crafted for us: free reusable recycled sari bags as an alternative to our recycled paper bags! Stay tuned for those coming soon to a Mexicali store near you!

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: EXPLORING THE ART OF BLOCK PRINT IN INDIA

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: EXPLORING THE ART OF BLOCK PRINT IN INDIA

      Narrated by Mexicali Blues owner Pete Erskine and filmed by son Chauncey, this short travel video offers an insider look at the making of block print tapestry wall hangings in Jaipur, India. We take you with us through the crafting and buying process that goes into block print tapestries, bags, quilts, and more--traveling from their inception in India all the way to Mexicali Blues in Maine and then off to decorating your home in the most beautiful bohemian ways!

      Aside from looking groovy, these unique textiles have a rich history in India, and are still produced using handmade dyeing and printing techniques that make each piece a subtly individual work of art! Although the younger generations of textile artists in India are shifting their focus to less labor-intensive screenprinting, the artisans who create our India print tapestries and accessories are keeping tradition alive through hand-dyeing and block-printing.

      We travel frequently to India and other far-flung locales, importing responsibly through creating and maintaining long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with the artisans and families who create our merchandise. We are proud to offer tapestries, reversible block print bags, bohemian scarves, and other cool decor and fashion items that are created using block printing and other awesome traditional techniques! 

      SHOP BLOCK PRINT GOODS HERE

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: HOLI, INDIA’S FESTIVAL OF COLOR

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: HOLI, INDIA’S FESTIVAL OF COLOR

      Pete, Kim, and Carly were just in India for Holi, the annual festival of colors! Holi proclaims the end of winter, and rejoices in the coming bounty of the Spring harvest season. It is also a celebration of color and community–a chance to set differences aside and just have FUN! We were so happy enjoy […]

      The post MEXICALI TRAVELS: HOLI, INDIA’S FESTIVAL OF COLOR appeared first on Mexicali Blues Blog.

      Read more