MATERIALS: 100% hand woven cotton, plant dyed (with the exception of black, which we're working on alternatives for)
The ikat textile, also known as ‘makana’, is handmade by 5th generation weaver Carmen Orellana in Bullcay, Azuay province. She was awarded the Excellence in Artisanship prize by UNESCO. Carmen was involved in establishing Ikat weaving as Immaterial Cultural Patrimony of Ecuador, which protects the craft from appropriation by other groups. Watch our video documenting Carmen's work here:
ESTELA CACOANGO & TRÁNSITO NOQUES
MATERIALS: Handmade with plant dyed cotton and wool. From Angla, Imbabura
Made by Estela Cacoango and Tránsito Noques. Estela is part of the founding team. She has been involved with Allpamamas since day one, as our trusted advisor and firmest believer. Along with Tránsito, they are the first two embroiderers on payroll out of a group of incredibly empowered women.
Watch our video documenting Estela's work here:
HAND SPUN & HANDWOVEN WOOL
MATERIALS: 50% hand-spun wool, plant dyed. 50% cotton. Tagua seed buttons, plant dyed.
The wool threads in these garments are hand-spun. The community in Salasaka who make it own the whole process: from sheep to fabric.
They dye it with elements they cultivate in their own backyard. Hand-spinning wool is a technique that is almost extinct. We're grateful for the Andes Materials team, who custom made this fabric for us.
MATICO & PAOLA LEMA
MATERIALS: 100% cotton
Woven on Matico's pedal loom in Peguche, Imbabura province. She and her daughter, Paola, run a project with indigenous Otavalo women weavers, called Huarmi Maqui, "women's hands" in Kichwa. Since 1990, they have resisted the wave of lowering prices by sacrificing quality and handwork that is still happening in their surroundings.
Check out their wonderful project here: