Xula Palm represents an ancestral tradition exploring contemporary design and new markets unavailable to the community historically. The group consists of families that weave various products, often in caves to take advantage of the cool humidity, using locally harvested palm leaves.
In the last four years, the average income per family of artisans rose from $700 MXN monthly to nearly 3000 MXN per person in each family of artisans. In 2018, they achieved their largest order yet from a hotel in the state of Baja California, which led to the production of 1600 diverse objects and bringing in $500,000 MXN to the community. They now have a diverse set of clients in various parts of Mexico, in the US, and Europe. Prior to this, their primary customer was one wholesaler who bought only traditional hats, often paying in kind with beans and corn.
Imminent Roadblocks: The costs of production related to time required to weave, the distance from urban centers and the resulting cost of shipping.
Contributors: Students from the University of Redlands participating in the Oaxifornia project and the team from Tejiendo Alianzas.