Working with eight artisan groups across Mexico, the handcrafted collection honors heritage craft techniques while creating sustainable income for local artisans.
La Mesa is Spanish for “the table,” and the collection is centered around dining.
In addition to table linens, throws, wall tapestry and embroidered pillows, the collection includes tableware, glassware, decorative ceramic bowls, vases, terra cotta pottery and woven baskets.
The collection taps into glass-blowing techniques from Guadalajara, sculpting from San Miguel de Allende, weaving and embroidery from Teotitlán del Valle, handcrafted clay work from San Jerónimo Tlacochanhuaya, cotton weaving from Oaxaca City, hand embroidery from Chiapas and basket weaving from Guerrero.
Designer and artisan craft consultant Diego Olivero and art director Gab Cabrera traveled to Mexico to meet the makers, and West Elm’s landing page for the collection features videos of the artisans at work.