Hi! My name is Sally January and I am the dreamer behind Siempre Viva Clothing. I work with groups of women from indigenous villages throughout Mexico, creating modern women's clothing, utilizing vibrant Mexican textiles. I am also a wife, mother, yogi + adventure seeker.
When I was just a Sophomore in high school, I studied abroad in Colima, Mexico, the sister-city of my hometown, Norman, Oklahoma. It was a summer that turned me into a lifetime traveler. Throughout college + grad school, I spent as much of my time South of the border as possible. I taught Spanish + English as a Second Language for over a decade between a beloved public charter high school on the Southside of Oklahoma City + as a college instructor at the University of Oklahoma.
I eventually married, settled back in Oklahoma and had our twin boys, Silas + Cruz. Once their infancy had past, I started craving the adventure again. While teaching, I knew that I somehow had more potential to give back to a place that had given so much to me, but I just did not know how.
On our last trip, we met Catarina in her home in Zinacantan, Chiapas, known for their cultivation of some of the world's most exotic + beautiful flowers. Most of the clothes in our line that involve floral designs come from this village and are produced by Catarina + her family. Catarina learned how to loom at age 6 from her mother. This tradition is passed down from generation to generation. As seen below, she is carefully looming a table runner, that measures about 6 feet long. To finish one table runner, can take up to a month. The quality of their work is impeccable + the designs and craftsmanship will last a lifetime.
In addition to providing sustainable employment to our artisans, we work to partner with non-profit organizations that strive to reduce poverty within their communities. In Colima, Caritas Organization (Facebook.com/caritascolima), helps me find women who know traditional embroidery patterns. Caritas raises funds to help alleviate poverty within Suchitlan and provide services to the elderly. I also have a new partnership with Melel Xojobal (melelxojobal.org.mx) , a non-profit in San Cristobal, Chiapas that believes education is a fundamental right and works to allow all indigenous children to have access to a quality education. Each trip we take to Chiapas, I deliver them suitcases full of school supplies, personal hygiene items, coats + shoes that we collect ourselves from generous donations from friends, family + customers.
Choose love over fear in all that you do,