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Zapotec Night Splendor Black Zapotec Rebozo Shawl with Colorful Geometric Stripes

Zapotec Night Splendor Black Zapotec Rebozo Shawl with Colorful Geometric Stripes

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-267453

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Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

Working on the handloom, Carmen Ruiz weaves an extraordinary Zapotec shawl. Intricate motifs in orange, red and pink mingle with blue and forest green on an expanse of midnight black. A voluptuous hand tied macramé fringe completes this lovely cotton wrap, which takes its colors from natural dyes.

  • materials: 100% cotton
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • All natural dyes
72 in. L x 25 in. W; Fringe: 4.7 in. L

Dry clean only

Artisan Information

Carmen Ruiz

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I was born in the weaving town of Teotitlan, so it was natural for me to in weaving on the traditional loom. Zapotec is my first language and I speak very little Spanish. My husband Alberto is another featured artist who specializes in Zapotec rugs and textiles.

My childhood was a happy one, growing up with parents who specialize in the chicote, or treadle loom, which was introduced in Oaxaca by Spanish religious orders during colonial times. What is unique about this loom is that it is completely built out of wood.

My parents taught me how to weave when I was 15 years old, and the first piece I worked on was a rebozo shawl, which I gave to my mom as a Mother's Day gift.

The fact that this is an art form we have inherited from our ancestors made me decide to preserve it by continuing to weave.

I work with virgin wool, which I dye with colors from natural plants and seeds, such as indigo for blue, cochineal for red and orange, and a flower we call pericon for yellow. I also use the marigold flower and for black, I use acacia thorns.

I've been weaving since the 1980s and, in 2002, I set up my own workshop where I specialize in shawls and bedspreads. The most challenging aspect of starting on my own was having a place where I could exhibit my creations. I don't speak Spanish very well, and I struggle understanding it, so there were moments when I felt exasperated by it all. However, this is something I've been overcoming little by little and, thanks to my husband and children, I now understand Spanish better.

Working with you means that now I have a place where I can display my work and, for that, I thank you.

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

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United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.

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