Made from repurposed Cortes (Cortes are the skirts Maya women wear) and deadstock fabrics. Cortes are made with a foot-loom and each is about 4.5 yards long. Each design is typical of its region, each yard takes 5-6 hours to weave.
After their Cortes have been used, sometimes for 4-5 years, and they have woven a new one, Maya women sell their Corte at the local artisan markets to be purchased and repurposed into tablecloths, curtains, or put to any other good use. Each Corte is loomed using cotton thread that has been prepared with intricate Ikat designs using century old techniques that cannot be duplicated by machines.
We also make our bandanas from dead stock (residual fabrics left over from major projects) Instead of ending up in landfill, these fabrics are repurposed for our collection of Bandanas!
Size: 22 x 22 inches
Machine cold wash. Delicate cycle. Line dry, may use wrinkle release dry cycle. Remove promptly. Hot iron.
How we make themA craftsman cuts the leather by hand, choosing the leather carefully and making sure that he follows the grain of the leather, his expert eye tells him the best way to cut each piece. He then sews each piece with accuracy and exactness only seasoned cobblers have mastered. Each upper body is placed then in the shoe form and with skilled and strength, the master cobbler dresses the form and prepares it to attach the leather sole. The soles are then layered, one on top of another, he then cuts and sands the leather to perfection. Once the glue is dry the leather Artisan then carefully builds-up the finish with an expert’s eye, and touch, to achieve an aged patina in just the right places to reflect the aged qualities only time, wear, and frequent care could have accomplished naturally.
Handmade by Artisans
Artisanal products differ from fast fashion products in that they are made in a traditional or non-mechanized way. Artisanal products are hand-crafted by skilled cobblers in small quantities with high quality and design in mind; using techniques that cannot be replicated by machines!
Power in Your Purchase
Thank you for helping us make our world a better place. Your purchase helps us to employ skilled artisans who in turn are able to earn an income to provide for their families!