Rahui goes several kilometers in search of sotol, a kind of plant similar to the palm that grows in the desert zones of northern Mexico. Ariché, his wife, is waiting for him to begin her work. For 12 hours she weaves the sotol fiber with her hands and creates a beautiful basket. The indigenous call them ‘wares’; these baskets keep tortillas warm and maintain their delicious aroma.
For over 1’000 years the Rarámuris indigenous groups have settled in the mountains and canyons near the city of Chihuahua in Mexico. Despite the passage of time and the arrival of Western civilization, their culture, traditions and customs are practically intact.
Nowadays, these communities live in a very precarious economic situation. They suffer a severe nutritional deficit. Hunting, farming, working in sawmills and selling their handcrafted products doesn’t allow them to make a decent living anymore.
To support the social and economic development of these communities, the Center for Alternative Indigenous Development (CEDAIN, AC) was established. This NGO serves as an intermediary between craftsmen and consumers. CEDAIN established the so-called “Barter Centers” where artisans exchange their creations for food, such as beans, flour, sugar and oil, but also receive a fair price when exchanged for money.
Tortillas are the main vehicle we use in TLAKO for you to enjoy some of our dishes, and wares are the perfect containers to take them to your table. We acquire them through the CEDAIN social programs to ensure that Rahui, Ariché and many other Rarámuri families receive what they call ‘Kórima’, i.e. a fair exchange for sharing their outstanding and unique art with us.
You can also generate ‘Kórima’ with them, by acquiring their beautiful baskets in our retail section, or just by enjoying warm tortillas while eating in TLAKO.