Oaxaca fabric. When I saw the work behind this fabric, I was amazed and in love. It’s almost magical how so many colors just makes you feel happy. And in another way it made me think about artisans that are badly payed for their unique pieces. I believe this is changing little by little. It’s not only a piece what they do or we buy from them. We are buying stories and knowledge that come from ancesters. It’s like travelling to the past through their hands. Keeping in touch with our roots. This fabric was designed by an illustrator as part of Heritage collection.
“When I connect to mother nature these hands become part of it, patroncito. I can make my own worlds, capture them for a second, color them the most brightful way… But even though I manage the art, this mother changes so much it’s just the one master nobody can overcome”
Kanoko dots fabric. This was simple and perfect to be Oaxaca’s partner. I have seen old japanese movies, or pictures of traditional wear and this pattern came to my attention. I always wonder, how long has this pattern existed? Who started wearing it?
“The torches lights up my night walk through the castle. My favorite momment is now. Finally nobody asking nothing. I gaze at the reflecting lake, so many stars, a young fawn arrives… this view is perfection. My kanoko dotted sleeves makes me part of him, but yet he is free…”
Behind the symbols
Oaxaca is a very great state with all kind crafts. You can find from black mud cooked underground, to pottery finding Atzompa pieces wich are green, stonework with out iron implements of the reat famous Alebrijes, wich are magical animals or monsters filled up of colors and textures. You will often see nature represented by colors or patterns.
By the middle of Edo period Kanoko Shibori was very popular. Shapes where made by tie-dyeing technique. This technique was used for patterns on court dresses. Kanoko makes reference to spots of a young fawn and for example Emperor Shomu made a donation of goods made on this technique to the Tōdai-ji in Nara.