Meet the Makers

Out of respect for our artisans, we are only sharing the faces of those who wish to. Many of our partners don't wish for their photos and stories to be shared, and we completely respect that. But here are the faces of those will allow us to share their stories!

Isabel Zet Tzorin

Isabel is 50 years old, one of 10 children, she learned to weave at the age of 7 years old. With her work, she has raised her children and she is very grateful with the work that she has with The Root Collective because she has been able to ensure her children received an education. She loves to weave new designs. Her youngest daughter who is 14 years old, always helps her with winding and preparing the yarn. Isabel is very grateful to God for the orders they receive and she hopes that the work will continue.

Carlos David Imuchac Sian

Carlos is married and has a daughter and two sons. He has been making shoes for 40 years, and has kept the art alive by teaching his two sons, who are now also shoemakers. He loves that his job allows him to meet new people and make friends.

José Armando Valle Morales

Jose is married and has a daughter. His mother-in-law lives with them as well. He's been making shoes for 25 years. Having a job means he can care for his family and pay for his daughter's education. He loves reminding people that their shoes are all handmade, and not from a factory.

Luis Alberto Sánchez González

Luis is married and has three children, two daughters and a son. They are all still in school and studying hard. He's been making shoes for 38 years. He began training at a young age and has learned all of the different parts of the process.

Ángel Esteban Caguay Vásquez

Angel is married with a daughter. He has been working in the industry for 3 years and this job has allowed him to care for his family. He knows most people are surprised that their shoes are made by hand and he loves explaining the process.

Juventino Morales Paiz

Juventino has been working as a shoemaker for 20 years. Consistent work is allowing him to get ahead, rather than living day by day. He is grateful for the work. He loves that his shoes and his art is going around the world and becoming known. It gives him a lot of pride!

Rolando Álvarez

Rolando is married and has six children. He's been making shoes for years, and he has since taught one of his sons, as well. Shoemaking is truly a generational art that's passed down again and again. His job allows him to support his family and his children's education. He's proud that people are surprised that his shoes are handmade and loves that he's able to give customers a quality product.