Techniques

Techniques

  • Backstrap Loom

    Backstrap weaving is an Indigenous textile technique commonly practiced by women. The loom is worn around the weaver’s hips limiting the textile width. Weavers use their body to create the tension needed to weave each design.

  • Braided & Sewn Palm

    Dried palm is braided in long strips and then sewn into a circular round using a sewing machine.

  • Felting

    The felting process is manual by design. Long, loose, unwound swaths of wool fiber called Top are joined with a base fabric by puncturing both layers repeatedly with needles.

  • Flying Shuttle Loom

    More automated than a traditional pedal loom. Made with a track so that the shuttle can be shot side to side rapidly by pulling on a cord. Allows wider pieces to be woven by a single weaver.

  • Hand Knitting

    Knitting is a looping technique that uses one continuous thread of yarn and two needles.

  • Hybrid Crochet Weaving

    Not requiring a machine or loom, this weaving technique can be done wherever the artisan chooses with single crochet hook needle. A repeated looping technique that integrates a stiffer yarn continuously running through.

  • Ikat

    Ikat patterns are a result of a resist dyeing technique used before the thread is warped on the loom. Groups of threads are counted and sections are wrapped tightly so that they do not absorb any dye when put into a dye bath.

  • Pedal Loom

    This technique is used to create a majority of our pieces. The loom is set up and operated by hand. The weaver uses pedals to guide the weave, controlling which set of threads are lifted as they pass the yarn back and forth on shuttles.

  • Natural Dye

    Natural dyeing is our response to creating more environmentally sustainable methods of production. We utilize non-synthetic, non-toxic products to create dye baths for our yarn.

  • Manual Knit Machine

    Utilizing a series of hooks to create loops, the carriage carries the yarn over the open hooks and then closes them to let the last row of stitches fall. This process allows for simple stitches and color changes.

  • Vertical Loom

    Typically used by multiple weavers at one time, Vertical Looms are designed to be collaborative and allow weavers to see more of their work as they create. Used for rugs and tapestries, the techniques often used on this loom are pile and knotting.

Materials

We work hard to source natural and sustainable materials. We partner with sustainable factories and small-batch producers to ensure quality. Each handmade piece is the result of a careful production process, and we hope that you can see and feel the difference.

  • We love Alpaca because it’s hypoallergenic - most people who are allergic to sheep’s wool can actually tolerate Alpaca! Alpaca has 3x the insulating capacity of sheep's wool so it is very light and incredibly warm.

  • Cotton is incredibly versatile and the most common natural fiber used today. The cotton trade market provides an immense benefit to local communities. Our initiative to provide safe and sustainable products is the driving force behind our organic cotton undertaking.

    Peru: As of 2020 all of our cotton products made in Peru is 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.

    Guatemala: We work with an organic cotton grower who is not certified organic. We strongly believe in supporting small scale growers that follow organic practices but aren’t necessarily certified. We don’t believe an expensive certifying body is always necessary. There is an immense benefit in having trust and honesty in the relationships we share with both farmers and artisans alike. This is honoring their livelihood without adding additional monetary value for an arbitrary title. In addition to being organically grown, these cottons are a naturally occurring color without any dyes.

  • In Mexico and Guatemala we work a number of conventional cotton suppliers. All are dyed using non-toxic certified dyes. In Mexico these are Oeko-Tex certified. We are in the midst of exploring how to convert our supply chain to organic here. Currently, we are prioritizing keeping our sourcing within the country that we work with as it prioritizes local employment. As we search for the right organic supplier for our Mexico and Guatemala supply-chains we are considering the impact of an organic supply chain that might need to be imported and inadvertently have a larger carbon footprint than a local, non-organic option.

  • We want to provide the most benefit out of already existing materials that others consider waste.

    Guatemala: We work with the New Denim Project to source recycled denim threads for some of our Bath Mats. 

    Mexico: We source cuttings from a local designer in San Cristobal de las Casas to use their handwoven cuttings in our recycled striped pillows.

  • Jute is a cradle to cradle product which means it can continuously be upcycled for a circular economy. Jute is biodegradable and compostable. It is an incredibly strong material that leaves a low impact on the planet. 

  • We love merino wool because it's finer than traditional wool, super soft, and breathable.

  • In Mexico, palm is harvested by the artisans that weave the baskets. This process keeps employment within the community. Palm is ultimately biodegradable and can be turned into mulch or compost after the product is used.

  • rPET which is short Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate- while this may have  a scary sounding name to name, this fiber is made out of recycled water and soda bottles. Using this fiber lends itself to the process of elimination of waste into durable products. This fiber (which is used in our baskets, coasters, and placemats) has a significantly lower carbon footprint than virgin polyester and generates 79% less carbon emissions than producing its virgin counterpart.

  • Wool is an incredibly naturally resilient fiber that can uphold heavy wear and tear and still maintain its originality. When treated properly wool is a very low impact product on the environment and can easily be recycled.