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Thanks for a Great Year From All of Us!


Happy New Year to our friends and supporters of ABRAZOstyle/ Latin Threads! As the year closes we’d like to thank you for your ongoing interest in our work in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico and give you a short update of what we’ve been up to.

My blogs have been painfully few his last year due to all the attention we have been giving to creating a market for our artisans’ work here in the States, but I will endeavor to post more in the coming year…A good New Year resolution, I’d say!

We are very excited to report that we’ve had a fantastic year with very positive growth in the company and in our circle of  artisans.  Our hand crafted , socially responsible clothing and accessories for the worldly woman are now found in boutiques, specialty gift stores, museum stores, high end garden stores, and even zoos on the west coast, parts of the southwest, the midwest and east coast,  but there is still much to be done!

Plans for 2012 include continued growth in the communities we work with in Mexico as well as expanding into larger markets in the US.

The embroidery classes we started in October in our village of San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca have been going extraordinarily well. (See pictures) The group is now up to a maximum size of 15 members with our most advanced students producing hugely improved, beautiful work. Thank you Ayuda (the NGO sponsoring the classes). In the coming year we will be working with the women to help them to create their own designs and products to market through ABRAZO in the States.

We are also continuing to expand our work with families of women in small villages in the highlands of Chiapas.  Look for some their new and traditional blouses this spring on our web site along with new designs and colors in our totes and scarves. Lots of surprises coming!

We appreciate your sharing what we do with others and, as always, we welcome your comments and suggestions!

If you are interested in following us on Facebook, just click on this link and you’ll get the latest updates as they happen!

Thank you once again for your interest and encouragement. Abrazos (hugs) from all of us and best wishes for a bright and successful year!

Adele and the ABRAZOstyle Team

Oh, I almost forgot. If you are interested in joining us in Oaxaca this year on a socially responsible shopping tour, please let us know.



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Congratulations to……..

Dear Friends of Latin Threads,

It has been a busy, busy week filled with yet another trip to Chiapas, meetings with two wonderful young Oaxacan seamstresses who are helping to design our first Latin Threads “exclusive” blouses to debut in our on line store this summer, and finally, tallying the results of our Etla Bag survey.

The Results!

It seems most of you love the red/gold bags in general, with #s 1, 6, 13 and 17 coming in with high scores for color.

For design, you loved #s 1, 2, 4, and 14.

The EXACT winning combos will remain a surprise until this summer, when you can buy them on line at

We had such a tremendous response to the survey that we decided to give away two bags instead of just one! And the winners are:  Susan S. of Hood River, OR and Val D. of Minneapolis, MN Congratulations to you both! We will be in contact with you separately to take your order for that special bag we hope you will carry with you for all your toting needs.

In the meantime, thank you once again to all of our respondents, we really value your input. Your feedback helps us a great deal in developing products you’ll love to own which also contribute to preserving artistic traditions and promoting the well being of  people in Chiapas and Oaxaca.

We will be in touch soon with our next survey and your chance to win LTT products.

If you would like to stay informed about Latin Threads events, special surveys, and promotions, visit us at; and if you would like to subscribe to my blog, click on our “RSS Posts” button at the bottom of our home page.

Hasta pronto!


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The Survey!

Wow! I am impressed! So many of you have already weighed in with your opinions on which of our Etla Market Bags will be featured in our online store! The hands down favorite so far is #1!

Thanks so much for participating! (Oh, I neglected to mention, we will have the winner’s bag custom made to their design and color choices from the selection on the survey page!)

Of course, if you attend a trunk show we’ll have the variety you see on the contest page (or almost)!

Thanks again for helping Latin Threads Trading grow into the company you would like it to be!

Please feel free to send the link to your friends too! We will be putting up additional surveys with other LTT products for your 0pinions soon with chances to win scarves, jewelry and more. If you want to be sure to participate, just click on the RSS Posts button on LTT’s home page and you will automatically receive an email when a new blog post comes up announcing the survey.

Best regards from sunny Mexico!


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