Chula House discovers, curates and partners with social enterprises in Mexico to bring unique Mexican sustainable craftsmanship to the Midwest. Chula House founders Jessica and Daniel partner with flagship small business artisans of a new economy, who have been creating sustainable development in their communities for a long time.
Chula House serves as a bridge between their social business model and like-minded customers abroad. They believe that the home art and decor pieces are more than objects to be admired – they are the physical representation of a culture, traditions, hard work and respect for the land.
The Chula House collection includes:
• Fine Art Prints
Meet & shop with the owners of Chula House at the Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan St., Chicago) on Sunday, September 16, 2018 (10am-4pm) along with Chicago’s finest artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.
How it all began:
Chula’s story began with a Mexican couple (Jessica and Daniel) living in Chicago who wanted to throw a Mexican party to celebrate the birthday of their twins.
As a present for their guests, they wanted to give away something that represented their Mexican roots and would spark a conversation with the other multicultural parents.
They came up with the idea of creating a cultural/artistic activity with the kiddos by giving them little, uncolored alebrijes to paint and have fun with their parents. Commonly, alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastic creatures. The party and the activity was a total success! Everyone had a great time and Jessica and Daniel got to know the parents of their children’s friends better.
In their quest to find these handcrafts, Jessy and Dany met Jacobo and María – two artisans running a 20-year-old alebrijes workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jacobo and María have an extraordinary sustainable communal system where social and environmental impact and business success are in a perfect balance.
After meeting these out-of-this-world artisans, Jessy and Dany decided to create a platform to discover, curate and partner with social enterprises in Mexico to promote their unique Mexican handcrafts. That is when Chula House was established.
The products featured by Chula House are just the beginning of their journey to discover and partner with more social enterprises alike. Chula’s purpose has brought together the mind, soul and capabilities of five Mexicans in love with their country, and eager to bring unique Mexican sustainable craftsmanship to like-minded people in the US.