Artisans

Guatemala

Rugs : Jun Batz Cooperative

Led by Byron and Marcelo Antonio, this collective of wool weavers from the Momostenango region of Guatemala is comprised of about 17 individuals. 

A truly community based tradition, the people here have been weaving since they were children -  many of them taught by their family on looms right in their own households. 

 

Byron, the leader of the cooperative and a young man himself, sees the importance in instilling this tradition in his family and community members so that they may carry it on into the future.  

The wool is harvested from the free-roaming sheep in the region and is then carded , spun, and dyed by hand with dyes made from native plants.  The weavers memorize the designs they create on the loom, keeping track by counting each thread.  The shaggy rugs are hand tied with short fibers; The wool is pre-trimmed and tied on with one hand, while the other hand holds back the warp. To watch them move across the loom, adding threads with one hand one-by-one is a truly remarkable sight!

Blankets : Dario and Company 

Based in Guatemala City, Dario has his own workshop space and employees he pays wages to directly.  He had a work space in Antigua, but was forced to close due to Covid. Working on pedal looms, Dario and his weavers create masterfully woven textiles and are skilled in various techniques.  He also has a large 90 inch wide loom, which enables him to make large pieces, like bedding, without having to stitch panels together. 

Jaspe Textiles : Manuel 

Jaspe, otherwise known as Ikat, is a labor-intensive resist-dye technique. The dyeing process alone takes a week and is repeated as necessary according to the design.  Once the threads are dyed and dry, they are prepped for the loom, which will take another week. From there, weaving will take another two weeks.

Our Jaspe fabric is dyed and woven by Manuel in Nahuala on a foot loom in his home. As is typical with this work, the family is usually involved.  Manuel distributes work to his community for larger orders.

 Coban Textiles : Aurelia 

Aurelia is an extremely talented weaver who is responsible for the Coban fabric used to craft our All Day dress and Cabana tops. She works on a foot loom from her home in Solola. 

Sewing and Pattern Making : Irma

Irma is a pro. She is responsible for all of our apparel - from patterns to samples to production.  She's amazing!  

 

Indonesia

 

Ata grass products : Putu and Nyoman -Saba Shop

Located in a peaceful Banjar accessed through a narrow road flanked by rice fields and palm trees, Nyoman and Putu operate a thriving ata grass weaving business where they produce beautifully woven accessories and baskets with members of their community. 

Working in an outdoor environment, each bag and basket made with these artisans has passed through many hands - from the processing of grass, to weaving, to shaping each piece, smoking over coconuts, and sewing the lining, it is a collaborative process.   We love visiting this group, discussing design ideas, and watching the process of artisans taking raw material and turning them into something beautiful with utility.

  A favorite memory of mine is during my first visit with them and Putu showed me a piece made utilizing a technique that her grandmother had showed her.  It's beautiful to see transmission of knowledge in action, and the pride that artisans take in their work. 

Rattan : Ibu Nur - Teknik Rattan

We work with a small, family-run business located in Kerobokan, Bali to produce our rattan pieces, like our Pantai chars.  Ibu Nur, the matriarch of the family, balances running a busy business with caring for her children, some of whom are old enough to help out in the shop after they finish school work. She is warm and welcoming, and always has a good laugh when I practice my Indonesian with her. 

They have several employees who they pay wages to directly. They close their business for a few weeks during important holidays, like Ramadan, so that everyone is able to take time off with their families. 

Plant Dyed Pieces : Pagi Motley and Ade of Angin Laut Studio

Angin Laut :  After taking an indigo dye workshop in Canggu led by Ade, I asked if she would be interested in doing some work for Here & There.  Sweet as can be and a delight to work with, Ade dyed the fabric lining some of our Ata bags.  I look forward to working with her on our next bag collection.

Pagi Motley :  This dye house is Located in Sembiran Village, one of the oldest villages in Bali once known as a center of crafts, agriculture, and trade. Over the years, the village has dwindled as residents leave seeking employment elsewhere.  Pagi Motley aims to imbue the village with new energy and revitalize it as the vibrant village it once was by providing employment and reintroducing the art and skill of plant dyeing.  This mission is evident in their name - Pagi, which means new or to begin, and Motley, which means multicolor... Currently, Pagi Motley dyes our organic cotton handbags and sarongs. We look forward to working with them on a future apparel collection for 2021. 

  

Mexico

Luis David and Family - Casa Cruz

We are so honored to partner with the award-winning  master weavers of Casa Cruz in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca. Typically working with wool and coyuchi, the native organic cotton that grows in the region, they create stunning tapetes - many of museum quality.
They have an extensive library of recipes they use to achieve a veritable rainbow of colors utilizing only plants, flowers, and bugs.
We work directly with Luis David, son of well-regarded and esteemed weavers Fidel and Maria Luisa Cruz, to discuss processes, design ideas,  and color palettes. 
An award-winning master weaver in his own right, Luis David is a true pleasure to work with as he manages to balance his law school education and his work as a weaver with his family.