Casa Maestros Weaves New Methods to See — and Put on — Historic Textiles
Why Daniel Carrillo opted to create Casa Maestros, a platform for Latin American artisans to share their work and protect custom.
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.
On our journey, we met artisans who protect and defend uncommon and complicated traditions—historic strategies which were handed down from generations.
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.
After years of researching sustainable clothes, we observed that there are fewer and fewer Latin American artisans nonetheless working towards historic cloth dyeing strategies.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.