The Ikat technique works with 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
All embroidery is 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.
Watch our video documenting Estela's work here:
HAND SPUN & HANDWOVEN WOOL
Fabrics are 50% hand-spun wool, plant dyed. 50% cotton. With tagua seed buttons, also plant dyed.
The wool threads in these garments are hand-spun. The community in Salasaka who makes them own the entire process: from sheep to fabric.
They dye the wool with elements they harvest in their own backyard. Hand-spinning wool is a technique that is almost extinct. We're grateful for the Andes Materials team, who custom make this fabric for us.
MATICO & PAOLA LEMA
Fabrics are 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 refused to sacrifice quality and handwork by resisting the lower prices o f their competitors. We are thankful to Huarmi Maqui for preserving their craft.