In our research and during the creation process we met a lot of people and entities that in some ways became part of the story of Yankatu.


We would love if they could also be part of your story.

" Handicraft runs along with time, and does not want to beat it. "

Octavio Paz




Tiradentes | MG

"I am a sculptor, and I like to do what I do, It makes me feel fulfilled. Sculpture for me is not a challenge, it is a privilege.


When I was 6 years old I dreamed of being a sculptor while I watched my father sculpting - he was my idol, I wanted to be like him.


I have never be without work to do. At 7 years of age I sold my first sculpture and with 20 years I was invited to go to Portugal, to teach the art of sculpting wood, I stayed there for a year.


Today I work only with soapstone. When I see a stone, I already know what it wants to be, the drawing builts in my mind, and when it is ready, I start to take away stone's fragments, beginning to reveal the drawing. It is a hard work, the carving of stones, but it relieves me because I can take the ideas out of my mind a calming effect for me.


This is why I bring the stories of the stones to the surface. Nobody wants to put a stone on the table, they want beautiful things in their homes. Each piece has a story and I want them to tell them at people's homes and to spend a lot of time in that family. "


Foto: João Bertholini




Tiradentes | MG

Wagner Trindade, known as Waguinho, learned the art of making Moroccan lamps with his father, who learned from a Portuguese that opened his workshop in Tiradentes many years ago. After the Tiradentes Creative Week, in addition to the Moroccan lamps, his studio began to produce many new pieces, created by Waguinho himself or co-created with other designers.

"Our pieces are unique, handcrafted one by one. Every lamp or mobile made here carries the history of my  family and the passion for this craft"


Foto: João Bertholini



Papel Crepom

Tiradentes | MG

Mrs. Lilia makes crepe paper crosses, a tradition in the city of Tiradentes, where it is common to see them decorating the houses’ facades, as it is believed that Holy Mary will bless them in the dawn of May 3rd, when the Holy Cross day is celebrated.

She says that she learned to make the crosses as a child, with her grandparents, but only after  and when she re after a long time she decided to take up the tradition when she realized that in the city almost nobody had the habit of dressing the house with them.

Besides the crosses, D. Lilia works also with ceramics, cloth dolls, sewing and embroidery. As she says:

"I don’t know to just do nothing, I love create new things."

Foto: João Bertholini




Tiradentes | MG

"My name is Maria da Conceição, I learned to embroider when I was a child. My interest in embroidery came when I noticed the set of threads and its various colors that could created drawings which brought a feeling to each cloth that it completed. 

I have discovered how embroidery is not only a embroidery, but a tangle of threads that involves poetry, feelings, doubts, joys, sorrows ... life.

Each point executed by my careful and precise hands requires of me a true dose of inspiration that came from the soul.

I had a wonderful experience also working with qualified professionals, together we exchanged ideas and obtained very creative results. Thank you for giving me this opportunity of being able to show you what I can do with my embroidery ."


Foto: João Bertholini




Tiradentes | MG

"My name is Rondinelly and I have been working with sacred art since I was 14 years old. I learned this profession from my father, when he worked for a company and put me to sanding his carvings, at that time I also did some drawings to practice.

Woodcarving took over my life, I could not stop anymore. I love what I do and if I was born again I will want to be a wood carver again.

I thank God for the profession I inherited from my father and you, Maria Fernanda, for all the opportunities and your confidence."


Foto: João Bertholini



Cerâmica Vale do Jequitinhonha

Vale do Jequitinhonha| MG

"I started making pottery at the age of fifteen to help my mother. She was already a ceramist who, here in the region, were called paneleira, at the time.

I have to reconcile mud, house duties and farming in my day to day. I've had a lot of difficulties so far but I've managed to win some. We, the women of the Jequitinhonha Valley, are like burnt clay.

I am grateful to God for having come here.

I'll still go far: I hope!"





Muzambinho | MG

"The knitting and crocheting of life...

With the threads of cotton or natural wool in my hands I imagine the piece and begin to knit and create the crochet.

Images are born and new compositions dance in my imagination, for such reason each work is unique.

Unique in its creation.

I always give preference to more natural threads - wool, which warms-up and embrace - cotton, cool with a huge variety of intense colors.

I love crochet and knitting. Seeing me happy is to have dancing needles describing its art through the hands of those who create with the heart and in the precise counting and mathematical drawings that emerge.

I thank those who identify themselves with my work, it is made with love."




Algodão Colorido Orgânico

Campina Grande | PB

The colored cotton is a result of 14 years of research by CNPA and EMBRAPA, in the City of Campina Grande, Paraíba. Without any genetic modification, the cotton already grows with a color and its plantation does not require the use of chemical fertilizers, chemicals or dyeing. Planting colored cotton benefits the entire productive chain; the agricultural producer, the sewer, the artisan and the small entrepreneurs have a better remuneration.

The Coopnatural - Natural Fashion develop collections that represent the northeast culture combined with world trends. These are upholstery made in small textile and garment factories and in most of them have artisan details made by cooperatives and associations, which offers new jobs and technical development.

It is the way of getting it well done, including the handmade.



Tecelagem Artesanal

Campina Grande | PB

Tecelagem Fio e Arte is a handcrafted weaving factory dedicated to the manufacture and trade of textile products. Founded in 2013, in the city of Campina Grande in the state of Paraiba, Brazil.


It’s main activity is the manufacturing of high quality rest hammocks, 100% cotton, but it also produces rugs, blankets, tablecloths and custom-made fabrics, ensuring the satisfaction of customers' needs with high-quality fabrics.



Fuxicos como você nunca viu!

Muzambinho | MG

Zana Maria is a studio name that was born from the love of a mother in teaching her daughters the antique tradition of embroidery (fuxico), within the family for more than 150 years.

The studio is aimed at researching the finishing as a particle, drawing new models and developing new weave technics for it.

We care with the rediscovery of tradition and motivate ourselves with the exchange of affection  and the delicacies embodied in the handcraft.

From this passion and care unique pieces are born, loaded of emotions, with a exquisite finishing, to dress and garnish the home.




Tecelagem Artesanal

Muzambinho | MG

Between the coffee producing mountains of Minas Gerais, in a small countryside city named Muzambinho, in 1985, Fray Francisco brought with him the art of weaving.

From the date in which she learned this profession, Maria Auxiliadora discovered herself. After years of practice the artisan was able to open her small factory, which she named Weaving Company Santa Edwiges, due to its great devotion to such Saint. Today Maria Auxiliadora and her family work to develop regional products with quality, durability and protection.



bordadeiras, crocheteiras, costureiras e muito mais

Muzambinho | MG

Amaria is a cloth maker that was born in 2003 from the encounter of the designer Mayumi Ito and the weavers, embroideres and crochet artisans from Muzambinho, located southeast of Minas Gerais. The clothes of amaria are developed by the dexterous hands of the artisans, who put in this work all of its technical skills and family heritage. They may be weaved in a manual thread’s loom with natural dyeing, with funky embroidery and technics such as ribbons, buttons and cathedral windows. The work of Mayumi Ito is to orientate the artisans, who work in authorial manner and keep the pieces with a little bit of this heritage.



Tingimento Natural

Muzambinho | MG

Maria discover her true passion in a natural dyeing course organized by Mayumi Ito. With the fruits and vegetables of her own  garden and her wood stove she began gradually, dyeing cotton yarns and making skeins manually. After a while, with the help of SEBRAE, she managed to buy the machines that today occupy the entire balcony of her house, in the countryside of Minas Gerais.


She didn’t stop there, Maria keeps experimenting in search of new colors. Coffee beans, pomegranate, urucum, pine nuts and onion skins are gradually joining with other different fruits in search of new possibilities. Her strength and determination are amazing!

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