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Casa Maestros Weaves New Methods to See — and Put on — Historic Textiles

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Why Daniel Carrillo opted to create Casa Maestros, a platform for Latin American artisans to share their work and protect custom.

Artisan from the mountains of Guerrero, México.

Kickstarter simply turned 10. This essay by Casa Maestros founder Daniel Carrillo is a part of a collection that celebrates previous tasks and introduces a number of new ones. Learn extra right here.

The story of Casa Maestros is the story of a journey. My brother and I first traveled to Guatemala again in 2009, the place a full of life and numerous textile custom exists in tandem with each day life.

Dawn at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

On our journey, we met artisans who protect and defend uncommon and complicated traditions—historic strategies which were handed down from generations.

From left: Chichicastenango market, Guatemala; Tata Rumualdo performing a sacred ceremony, “Welcoming Father Solar.” Cherán, Michoacán, México.

Some indigenous villagers name textiles “our second pores and skin;” others assume that textiles are a manner of expressing tradition. The elder weavers say that their textiles are the “books” of their ancestors, via which they inform tales about cosmogony and oneness with nature. We predict most individuals have forgotten the true which means of tradition, which accurately means “to until the soil.”

Some indigenous villagers name textiles “our second pores and skin;” others assume that textiles are a manner of expressing tradition.

Pure dyes workshop in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala.

After years of researching sustainable clothes, we observed that there are fewer and fewer Latin American artisans nonetheless working towards historic cloth dyeing strategies.

Cotton threads naturally dyed.

Most artisans at present want to purchase pre-dyed, factory-produced materials, that are the second largest contributor to air pollution worldwide. Some have tried to compete with quick vogue, however sadly this method is unaffordable because of the period of time and work they dedicate to every piece. Past a pure influence, nevertheless, there’s a cultural and historic loss.

Many of those artisans have misplaced hope of promoting their clothes at a good worth. They’re shifting out of their cities and leaving their households for “higher alternatives,” ending these historic traditions which have endured via the passage of time.

José Luis and Rigoberto Romano, grasp weavers from Tlaxcala, México.

After assembly these grand masters all through México and Guatemala three years in the past, we determined to create Casa Maestros, which suggests “the home of the masters.” These artisans have gained awards, and a few have gained a spot in Candida Fernandez De Calderon’s Grandes Maestros del Arte Common Mexicano (Fomento Cultural Banamex, 1998). They protect the traditional data of the best way to exist and costume in concord with the Earth.

Francisca Palafox, Grasp weaver from San Mateo del Mar, Oaxaca, México.

After spending time with these artisans, we realized that the one solution to commercialize their craftwork at a good worth can be to create a platform the place they may present the world what they’re able to doing. We need to create an area for them to experiment with new designs and help their distinctive type of wearable artwork.

From left: Natural Huipil costume, hand spun with three sorts of pure cotton; Garment from “Dyes of the Earth,” dyed with cochineal bugs.

After three years of analysis, journey, knocking on folks’s doorways, sunrises, waterfalls, rivers, hikes, and so many magical experiences with these stunning folks, we created our first assortment. Named “Dyes of the Earth,” it makes an attempt to reconcile the world of vogue with nature. (And by “nature” we not solely imply the supplies used, but in addition the palms that create the clothes.)

Weavers from the mountains of México.

We’re presently on Kickstarter to fund this undertaking and make it right into a actuality, however the actual problem comes after. Subsequent, we hope to create a botanical backyard in a cooperative in San Cristobal de las Casa, Chiapas, Mexico, the place collectively we are able to develop veggies for pure dyes and train artisans who’ve forgotten these historic traditions the best way to reconnect with nature.

The reply lies in tradition, by getting our palms soiled and getting “again to until the soil”… collectively.

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