Our Artisan Partners
OUR ARTISAN PARTNERS
Monte & Etnico Weavers
Weavers of the Monte & Etnico are incredibly talented, stoic women who practice traditions that have been passed down through the generations. They have a strong sense of heritage and are devoted to their culture. Weaving is their way of supporting their families and raising their standard of living. Their desert homeland of the Monte is characterised by cactus and native plants, humble mud houses known as ranchos, goats, pigs and sheep. The people of the Monte set their looms under the shade of big trees close to their homes so they can watch their children play with the animals and take care of their daily duties.
Weavers from the Puna belong to indigenous Argentinian communities in Northern Argentina. Even though they are connected to the outside world, they are still fiercely independent and deeply connected to Pachamama, ‘Mother Earth’. People of the Puna have their own special culture and beliefs; their ways are old and of a different time to ours. They are observant and profoundly influenced by nature’s ways. They weave because they always have – it is part of their everyday life, along with other activities such as taking care of their llamas and sheep. They are gentle, genuine, beautiful souls.
Artisans featured in the Litoral Collection belong to indigenous Argentinian communities in the country’s north They live a secluded, traditional way of life in remote parts of the country known as Litoral zones, often close to a river or water source. These talented artisans knit bags, baskets and textiles from the fibres of the native "chaguar" plant. They live according to the laws of nature and look to flora and fauna for artistic inspiration. Both use textiles and handmade objects to record ancestral knowledge and pass down their traditions.
Weavers who make the textiles and objects found in our Porteño Collection live in urban Buenos Aires, where craftsmanship is highly esteemed and immigrant women from rural South America come together to form weaving collectives. Inspired by the multiculturalism and flow of ideas in Argentina’s biggest city, they often incorporate more modern designs and techniques into their products.
Weavers from Sur are part of a special Pampa partnership that has seen us cross the border from Argentina into Chile. Here too, we have discovered that weaving is an art form that is slowly disappearing. Pampa partners with small groups of artisans who are inspired by the original Mapuche communities that weave beautiful rugs. They live close to the ocean in a small valley between the mountains and just like their neighbours in Argentina, their weavings are inspired by their heritage and the landscape.
Weavers from Argentinian Patagonia live in the southernmost part of the country; an area known for its harsh weather and profound natural beauty. From the Andean mountains to the grassland plains, weavers have been practicing their art here for many generations. Pampa partners with a Patagonian family that hand-looms warm blankets and cushions. Natural in tone and rich in texture, these products epitomise Pampa’s simple yet luxurious style. Colour tones used in Patagonian weavings reflect the mountainous landscapes and snowy winters of their origin.
The Maya Collection is made by artisan partners from communities in Guatemala’s Momostenango region. Momostenango has ancient traditions of weaving woollen textiles on the footloom. The artisans use the medium of weaving to portray the rich symbolism of their natural surroundings.
Rugs in this collection use yarns that are dyed in natural colourways and designs that play on the wool’s textural features. They are made using traditional techniques by foot-loom and back-strap loom, watching the weavers work with these instruments is truly mesmerising.
Argentina is known for its superb, high-quality leather and so it was only a matter of time before we incorporated it into our growing collections. In Buenos Aires we met up with specialist leather craftsmen in their workshops where they create beautiful, bespoke leather work under fair trade standards. These workshops in Buenos Aires exist to foster a love and appreciation for this long-established craft, with the intention of passing their learned skills and a wealth of knowledge down for generations to come.
We source our ceramics from artisans who live in an isolated part of Argentina - an ecoregion in the Andean mountains known as Puna. Members of this artisan community hand make ceramics using the mud and clay collected from their natural surroundings. It’s a raw, earthenware clay that is as sturdy as it is beautiful. Since time immemorial, they have used these techniques to make ceramics for the various needs of their communities.