My name is Marcela, I born in Monterrey and reborn in the Riviera Maya (Playa del Carmen) where I lived for 12 years and worked as underground dj and also as destination wedding planner! Two completely different professions that fulfill my heart (and that I keep doing) and allowed me since 2009 to constantly travel to my favorite summer destination: BERLIN!
With the years I don´t only felt in love with the city but also with a wonderful german man and this is how Soona Otomi started with a love story....
When I got married and moved to Berlin in the name of love (2015), leaving my sunny caribbean behind, I felt the necessity of vibrant colors in my daily life and thought of the opportunity to promote and show the beautiful embroideries made by the Otomi people from Hidalgo which is an Indigenous ethnic group inhabiting central México.
The more I digged the more beautiful things I discovered, from the vast ethinics all over Mexico and Latin America is how Soona Otomi expanded one year later to include clothes and accesories from different cultures with products from very special places as Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Guatemala and Peru.
I feel so proud to be from a country so culturally rich, but unfortunately unfair for many of my brothers and sisters, that is why my commitment is to give back to their communities by paying fair prices and promoting the value of their job, their hands and their life itself.
I work hand by hand with the main artisans, small textile cooperatives mainly conformed by women that contributes in a very important way to their families supporting their economy.
The love for colorful threads, the love for Mexico and the love and big respect for the artisans that put all their heart into their creations inspire my travels to Mexico.
Thank you for joining us in this cultural trip where ethnic and handmade meets contemporary boho-chic design.