about our textiles...

Tucked away in a corner of Lake Atitlan, San Juan la Laguna is a small, quiet Guatemalan town where Mayan residents steadfastly hold onto the traditions of their ancestors while adapting to the modern world.

As such, they have preserved the art of textile-making by using only naturally sourced materials. From the gathering of raw materials through the weaving process, no chemical or modern form of technology is used.

This back-to-the-earth methodology has allowed the craftswomen of San Juan to not only retain the traditions of their people, but to also financially support the needs of their families.

Textiles:

 

Elena

Juana

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Catarina

Lidia

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Marra

Francisca

Cruz Mendez

Cecilia

Amalia

 

 

THE PROCESS:

The first step to creating the all-natural textiles featured in the exclusive Ix’Chel Dream line is collecting materials for the dying process. Ix’Chel Dream utilizes a variety of plants and the women spend countless hours roaming the hillsides and forests, selecting only the best available flora. Once collected, the plants are separated and added to a large pot of boiling water over a wood burning fire, where they will remain for up to an hour (timeframes vary depending on the desired shade). The plants are then removed and natural cotton threads are added to the water and set to soak for 20 minutes. These threads are removed and washed in cool water with a natural detergent. Finally, the threads are hung to dry in the sun, allowing the color to set. Once dry, it's time to get weaving!

Botanicals Used:

 

Pericon (St. John's Wort)

Palo de Pito

Palo de Pito

Campeche

Campeche (Logwood)

 
 
Achiote

Achiote (Annatto)

Chilca

Chilca

Sacatinta

Sacatinta

 
 
Crudo

Crudo (natural cotton)