Mercedes Salazar departs from Colombia to Mexico City, where she studies jewelry and goldsmithery at the Artisan School of "INBA". While in Mexico, she complements her studies with professional training in metal sculpting, enameling, and cabinetry. At her return to Colombia, she founds “Mercedes Salazar Jewelry”. The company launches an exploratory line of contemporary jewelry made of recovered materials such as buttons, leather, metals nuts and bolts. With a long term vision, Mercedes Salazar starts building the first alliances with artisans and indigenous communities from Colombia. Ancestral techniques from across Colombia are infused into the manufacturing process: The crochet technique from the Wayyú indigenous community of la Guajira. The straw weaving from the Zenú artisans from Córdoba. The iraca palm weaving from the artisans of Nariño. The weaving tradition of the Kamentsa indigenous community from Putumayo. The werregue palm weaving of the Wounaan Nonam community from Chocó. The weaving of the Guambian women from Silvia, Cauca.