Nature shines in this sublime textile, with a base of naturally dyed cotton and accents of handspun coyuchi cotton. First, the material for this piece is tinted by hand with an organic bath of nance tree bark – a small yellow fruit that resembles a cherry and is high in vitamin c. The piece is then woven on a traditional backstrap loom, and finished by hand with minimalist seams of handspun coyuchi. This elegant piece can be worn loose with a sun hat, or belted for a more fitted look.
Our master weaving artisan partner Carmen works with cotton on a traditional backstrap loom. This region of Southern Mexico produces the increasingly rare coyuchi cotton, which is an organic cotton that grows in natural hues of camel, green and white. The cotton is harvested by hand and spun on a wooden drop spindle, which is known locally as a malacate. The artisans in this community also work with natural dyes from tree bark, plants and other elements from nature. As these huipils are time-consuming to make, they will only be available in very small, slow made batches.
Approximately 62cm (24 ½” wide), 129cm (51”) long, neck 17cm long (6 ½“) long x 13cm (5”) wide, with a bottom slit of 23cm (9”), and 19cm (7 ½“) long arm holes. One size fits many. Given the nature of handmade, sizes, designs and hues may vary slightly from the featured product image.
While this piece is washed and pre-shrunk, we recommend dry cleaning this piece, in order to maintain the integrity of the finishes. It may be hand washed in cold water with mild soap. No bleach, no wringing, no washing machine and no dryer – for risk of damaging the handwoven textile. Lay flat to dry and warm iron with protective layer overtop. Though this piece has been washed, hand washing may result in slight shrinkage.
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