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PROCESS OF A RUG
Our rugs are hand-woven in Chiapas and Oaxaca. We use wool from local sheep, which is hand spun with a pre-hispanic technique by indigenous women of Chiapas. All the wool is dyed with local plants and the cochineal bugs.
The wool we use comes from the “chiapa” sheep, the result of crosses of different breeds brought by the Spaniards in the New World; it is hand spun in Chiapas by Chamula women, resulting in a yarn of uneven thickness donating the fabric its characteristic texture; moreover, because it is not being treated industrially this wool retains its natural shine and allows for vibrant colors. We work with architects and interior designers for custom projects.
PROCESS OF DYEING
Dyeing with plants is a slow process; you have to extract the color by boiling the leaves, flowers, wood or bark; the natural fibers have to be prepared so that they may open the molecular structure and thus receive the dye, thereby resulting solid to light and washing . We only use non-toxic mineral salts, as alum. The color is “built” through successive baths, because usually the plants provide us with primary colors, plus the color is much more interesting if it is achieved through overlays.
The indigo blue is a dye which requires a different and amazing process because under normal conditions it is not soluble in water. Extraction is carried out in Niltepec, Oaxaca, where indigofera suffruticosa plant is grown. To dye, it must be prepared in an alkaline medium and by a process of reduction and subsequent oxidation, the blue color appears upon contact with the air once the fiber is out of the vat, going from yellow to turquoise green and finally to blue.
Some local plants we use, many of which are also used in mexican traditional herbal medicine are:
Brasilwood (Haematoxylum brasiletto Karst.)
Logwood (Haematoxylum campechianum)
Mexican tarragon (Tagetes lucida Cav.)
Marygold (Tagetes erecta)
Pomegranate (punica granatum)
Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
Walnut (junglas regia)
Mimosa farnesiana (acacia farnesiana)
Persimmon (diospyros digyna)
and cochineal (dactylopius coccus) which it is an insect that provides us with carmine red.
PROCESS OF FELT
Felt and Nuno Felt are non woven fabrics which are made possible by the particular structure of the wool fibers, because they have scales which enables them to interlock with each other when handled with soap and water. If an open weave silk fabric is added during the process, fibers will also bond with it, resulting a lighter and versatile fabric.