Laguna House Dress
Our foot-loomed house dresses are woven in the highlands of Guatemala by our master weaver, Octaviano. The beauty of this dress goes beyond its appearance, the work that goes into making each yard, the fact that it provides work for skilled artisans and helps preserve century old weaving techniques and traditions, makes this dress the perfect sustainable gift!
A little history about our artisanal textiles:
Our foot-loomed house dresses are made with 100% cotton thread and woven in the highlands of Guatemala. Our master weaver, Octaviano learned to weave from his parents as a child, he has been weaving for 4 decades! Each yard takes 6-8 hours to weave! The weave design is centuries old, we have updated the pattern slightly to avoid wasting some of the fabric during confection of the dress.
Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low heat or hung to dry. Remove promptly. Press if desired.
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!