The Apprvd List : Caitlin Garcia-Ahern of Thread Caravan
What is your name?
What is your Brand/ what do you do?
I started and run Thread Caravan -- a project that hosts cultural art workshops in collaboration with artisan communities in Oaxaca, Guatemala, Panama, Morocco and India. Our focus is textiles, but we also currently offer educational experiences related to ceramics, mezcal-making and food.
Where are you located?
Oaxaca, Mexico but I’m from the United States and have lived all over. My answers will be focused on Oaxaca with a mix of other suggestions that can be found on the internet. :)
What is one (or more) sustainable/eco friendly practice you do daily?
Although we have a rainy season, the Oaxaca valley is desertous. I am hyper aware of my water usage and make every effort to conserve water. One way I do this is by keeping buckets in the shower to collect grey water which I use to water my plants or mop.
Caitlin’s Apprvd List
La Cosecha and La Jicara have nice organic food selections. Both places have a small selection of produce and other food items for purchase, in addition to a restaurant area where you can have a meal.
For eating out: Itanoni focuses on heirloom corn dishes, Criollo has an amazing all-local tasting menu, and Boulenc is great anytime of day for fresh breads and fermented foods.
In Guatemala, Caoba Farms is a must.
Relato Nativo is made in the mountains of Oaxaca but now available all over Mexico and in the US.
Botanico is my favorite for dental care products.
Virmanik is a lovely shop here in Oaxaca that sells both Relato Nativo and Botanico products as well as a collection of other organic Mexican-made skin care and beauty products.
Sable at Beautyscapes Co. has an online shop that also stocks Relato Nativo and some other nice natural skin care products.
Home Decor products
Jewelry / accessories / shoes