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GC endeavored to explore the rich cultures of the Zapotec Empire, or the Ben'ena'a - translating in the native language to 'people of the clouds' - in present day Oaxaca. We also explored their interaction with the Aztec Empire, prior to Spanish colonization. Zapotec people, or in their native language Ben’ena’a, have been living in what is present-day south-central Mexico, stemming from the Oaxaca valley, for hundreds of generations- its people are as diverse as its terrain- mountains surrounding its central region, deserts in the central valley, a rich tropical jungle and ocean coastline to the south and east. The region is known for the cultivation of cotton, corn and cochineal, an insect which is used for red dye. There is also widespread use of the agave plant for consumption, medicinal purposes as well as for weaving artisan goods. Before deforestation, the region was covered by large expanses of oak and pine trees. The Zapotecs developed a calendar and a logosyllabic system of writing that used a separate glyph to represent each of the syllables of the language. This writing system is thought to be one of the first writing systems of Mesoamerica and a predecessor of those developed by the Maya, Mixtec, and Aztec civilizations. According to historical and contemporary Zapotec legends, their ancestors emerged from the earth, from caves, or turned into people from trees or jaguars. Their governing elite believed that they descended from supernatural beings who lived among the clouds, and that upon death they would return to the clouds. Native plants used by Zapotec: Cochineal, añil (indigo, used to produce blue dye), pericon (Mexican tarragon, used to make yellow dye), marush (a plant native to Oaxaca used to produce green dye), and huizache (a tree whose pods are used to make black dye). Dedication Rituals

People of the Clouds: The Ben’ena’a people, commonly known as the Zapotec, along with neighboring Mexica (Aztec), have been living with minor clashes with its neighbors and within its own empire. They have advanced by way of developing trade in agriculture, stone masonry, production of tools, and their major export, natural dyes. The region is rich in Cochineal, Añil (indigo), Pericon (tarragon), Marush, and Huizache. Cochineal has long been used for textile dying, body paint and medicine by both the Ben’ena’a and Mexica. With the profits of trade and business, the Ben’ena’a have invested in the people and its future by way of creating technologically advanced textiles, which has also seen major interest from those near and far. This has led to the region being the leader in wearable technology as well as smart textiles. The fibers of the plants used for medicine and food have been developed into a myriad of new textiles, combined with advanced smart textiles woven into these new fabrics. This led to the tech boom of Meuhtoc, the predecessor of Silicon Valley- comprising of countless tech companies pushing Ben’ena’a technology forward.

MUTATING | TIME collection image

MUTATING TIME explores diverse concepts of utopian worlds. What would our current sphere look like, had conflicts been avoided, and positive collaborations taken place instead?

Global Citizens has partnered with Professor Hawa Stwodah and her students from her 1 + 0 = fashion design course at the Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising to traverse these reimagined worlds accompanied with meaningful dialogue. Students and the GC team were tasked with exploring how raw materials would be used in fashioning garments, the evolution of these uncolonized and resource-rich lands, how technology would evolve, and which commodities would be at the forefront of trade. Below is a selection of some of the students' exemplary works - Clo3D work completed by students and/or the GC team.

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GC endeavored to explore the rich cultures of the Zapotec Empire, or the Ben'ena'a - translating in the native language to 'people of the clouds' - in present day Oaxaca. We also explored their interaction with the Aztec Empire, prior to Spanish colonization. Zapotec people, or in their native language Ben’ena’a, have been living in what is present-day south-central Mexico, stemming from the Oaxaca valley, for hundreds of generations- its people are as diverse as its terrain- mountains surrounding its central region, deserts in the central valley, a rich tropical jungle and ocean coastline to the south and east. The region is known for the cultivation of cotton, corn and cochineal, an insect which is used for red dye. There is also widespread use of the agave plant for consumption, medicinal purposes as well as for weaving artisan goods. Before deforestation, the region was covered by large expanses of oak and pine trees. The Zapotecs developed a calendar and a logosyllabic system of writing that used a separate glyph to represent each of the syllables of the language. This writing system is thought to be one of the first writing systems of Mesoamerica and a predecessor of those developed by the Maya, Mixtec, and Aztec civilizations. According to historical and contemporary Zapotec legends, their ancestors emerged from the earth, from caves, or turned into people from trees or jaguars. Their governing elite believed that they descended from supernatural beings who lived among the clouds, and that upon death they would return to the clouds. Native plants used by Zapotec: Cochineal, añil (indigo, used to produce blue dye), pericon (Mexican tarragon, used to make yellow dye), marush (a plant native to Oaxaca used to produce green dye), and huizache (a tree whose pods are used to make black dye). Dedication Rituals

People of the Clouds: The Ben’ena’a people, commonly known as the Zapotec, along with neighboring Mexica (Aztec), have been living with minor clashes with its neighbors and within its own empire. They have advanced by way of developing trade in agriculture, stone masonry, production of tools, and their major export, natural dyes. The region is rich in Cochineal, Añil (indigo), Pericon (tarragon), Marush, and Huizache. Cochineal has long been used for textile dying, body paint and medicine by both the Ben’ena’a and Mexica. With the profits of trade and business, the Ben’ena’a have invested in the people and its future by way of creating technologically advanced textiles, which has also seen major interest from those near and far. This has led to the region being the leader in wearable technology as well as smart textiles. The fibers of the plants used for medicine and food have been developed into a myriad of new textiles, combined with advanced smart textiles woven into these new fabrics. This led to the tech boom of Meuhtoc, the predecessor of Silicon Valley- comprising of countless tech companies pushing Ben’ena’a technology forward.

MUTATING | TIME collection image

MUTATING TIME explores diverse concepts of utopian worlds. What would our current sphere look like, had conflicts been avoided, and positive collaborations taken place instead?

Global Citizens has partnered with Professor Hawa Stwodah and her students from her 1 + 0 = fashion design course at the Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising to traverse these reimagined worlds accompanied with meaningful dialogue. Students and the GC team were tasked with exploring how raw materials would be used in fashioning garments, the evolution of these uncolonized and resource-rich lands, how technology would evolve, and which commodities would be at the forefront of trade. Below is a selection of some of the students' exemplary works - Clo3D work completed by students and/or the GC team.

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