Wisconsin Without Borders
Using a traditional technique called tatting, artisans form intricate lace patterns by knotting threads into the forms of rings and semicircles using nothing but their hands and a small shuttle. This ancient technique was brought to Mexico by nuns in the 1500s and passed down through generations from grandmother to mother to child. In 2014 the Global Artisans: Design and Sustainability class at UW-Madison initiated a collaborative process with Presa de Barajas to design necklaces more in alignment with the demand in the United States. By doing this, Creaciones Presa de Barajas was able to produce goods at a lower cost, with higher quality, and have reached a larger market than ever before. As a result, the traditional technique has evolved into collections incorporating intricate patterns and bolder colors. In partnership with Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace, Creaciones Presa de Barajas is able to sell their artisan goods in the United States, reaching a larger, international market, and in turn, allows these women to continue to generate income out of their homes.