Authenticity

Here we have these lovely women making candy-wrapper bags for the camera. What are the names of these women? Their cel-phone numbers? This candywrapper product was created in a nahuatl-speaking village in the municipality of Taxco. Are these women presently employed? or were they hired for a few hours to make the movie? By the end of the candywrapper consumer-fad, most of the production was coming from prisons and jails.

Veteran Talacazapa dealers were getting their merchandise from the prisons. This is a fact.

Because it was cheaper from a prison, than from the village and when the fad hit these
guys had orders from TV-jJewelry companies, Walmart, and corporate department stores.

Yes, the native artisans were making the candy-wrapper bags up in their village still,
but the big orders were brokered by Tlamacazapa vendors who travelled to all the tourist venues throughout Mexico; these dealers supplied the large orders with prison production.

MYO Accesories are given as Fair Trade sources of a product Global Crafts sold a very large dollar-amount of. For all one knows, MYO Accessories are angels. What is their address and contact information today?. If MYO or Global Crafts had the names and cel phone numbers of the ladies in the video on record, they would be, of course, *golden*. Especially, if they paid these craftswomen for the video-session. Or provided them with steady employment
going beyond a limited-time-period when candy-wrapper bag merchandise was a hot-seller.

If MYO Accessories got the stuff through ‘Danny’, a Canadian operating out of New York,
well. he was cruelly murdered and burnt-alive in his car on the highway north of Acapulco. The newspaper article I read said Danny was a big dealer in the prison production in Acapulco and his sidekick did him the dirty. This was in the newspapers years ago…
Danny was a huge exporter of prison-made candywrap merchandise. This massive amounts of product made by prisoners eventually turned enterprising village artisans into dealers.

We’re not accusing MYO Accessories because we do NOT know where they got the large amounts of candy-wrapper bag product they supplied over several years to Global Crafts.

If MYO Accessories are true humanitarians and have a relationship with folks from Tlamacazapa, we would like to congratulate them if they generated employment
that would not have been otherwise. But if these ladies are only props, then, not…
because it is a fact that most candywrapper products were coming from the prisons.

Now here is an authentic ethnographic documentary video of an artisan family
in Tlamacazapa, a families that creates and fabricates this product in their home.

It’s market day in the village and a very interesting scene comes into view
as people naturally exchange the local products, and visit with one another.

We visit with the family, see them in their living space and the kids.
One of the young men explains exactly how these bags are fabricated.

It would be good if Fair Trade took a deeper look at the artisans who
make the products they offer to the public. Artcamp has always been
a champion of Fair Trade.  We want to be part of Fair Trade’s success,
but if Fair Traders abuse and exploit our cooperative then, not so much…

Notice how in this video the family name is given and verifiable.
The use of native models for purely promotional images is wrong
when these artisans are nameless and the consumer is led to believe
that these persons have received dignified home-work from Fair Traders.

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