The cotton used is native to the Costa Chica of Oaxaca and Guerrero. It is heritage white and coyuchi cotton (brown color) from 35 small producers from 12 coastal communities of Oaxaca. The farmers participate in a program for ecological production and the increase of biodiversity in their plots.
More about the natural dyes:
The gray color is obtained from the acacia trees pods (huizache).
The brown color comes from the oak bark. The bark is collected in the forests of the Sierra Sur. It is very similar to the color of the naturally colored cotton we use called coyuche.
Ruanas available in three colors,
gray, white and ocre. Find them in separate listings.
50 % organic hand spun cotton, 50% Eqyptian cotton, woven on a pedal loom.
· MADE IN OAXACA, MEXICO ·
COMMUNITY ·NATURAL· CREATIONS
Length shoulder-tail: 65 cm / 25.6 inches
Width: 59 cm each side + fringes 18cm
/ 23.3 inches each side + fringes 8 inches
More about the textiles:
We purchase the textiles from a project that has the idea to participate in a meaningful, culturally appropriate, sustainable artisanal production that supports rural life through cottage industry.
At present, there are 200 women from the villages and ranches of San Sebastián Rio Hondo who remove with their hands the seeds of cotton brought from the coast, card and spin it, all by hand using spinning wheels in their homes.
Local carpenters reproduce the wheel designed by Gandhi so that each artisan has her own.
There are two types of handicraft fabric applied in the village: Pedal loom and waist loom.
Handwoven apparel are artisan crafted by hand from start to finish and might change slightly in size or color, contain some weavers knots, pulls or other signs about handwork. The color of naturally dyed textiles is not always equal on the whole fabric but can be darker or lighter in some parts, it can also fade when washed. Each thread dyeing and weaving also creates slightly different piece, so each cloth is unique.