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Stitch & Loom is honored to partner with such talented artisans and we love to highlight individual weavers. Your Stitch & Loom rug was not made by a machine, it was made by hand, with love and care by master weavers, who have honed a craft spanning 1000 years. 

With that, we're honored to be teaming up with Yanet Bazan. Although she has only been weaving for two years since she graduated college, her talent and weaving capabilities are undeniable. She learned to weave from her mother, Enedina, another Stitch & Loom weaver. 


She loves the tradition of weaving because of its connection with the natural world. She is so grateful the weavers continue using indigenous plants to create the color dyes. She particularly enjoys going to the river with her mother Enedina to wash the freshly dyed yarn. It gives her a sense of serenity and connectedness with the earth.

In 2016, we had the honor of attending Yanet's wedding to Manual Lazo Martinez, another fellow Stitch & Loom weaver. The wedding was an incredible experience, where we observed how strong the community of Teotitlan Del Valle is. Everyone in the village contributed in some way to the wedding, whether it was cooking the amazing food, performing mariachi ballads at the church, or pouring the mezcal at breakfast. The selflessness of the community inspired us immensely, and made us realize how much us westerners can learn from indigenous cultures. 



We are proud to call Yanet a partner in our business and we hope that you will find joy and meaning in the rugs she meticulously weaves. The profits she receives from her work will go to investing in appliances for her new home with Manual. 

Saludos - 


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Happy Holidays from the Stitch & Loom Team! Before signing off for the weekend we thought we'd leave you with a little bathroom inspiration.

This light & airy master bath {designed by Townsend Interiors} features a subtle mix of pale neutral tones, making it the perfect space for our newest pastel rug design!

Flat weave rugs are great for bathrooms-- there durable, can get wet, easy to clean, soft on the toes and are a fun way to bring color and texture into a space. 

Scroll to the bottom of the post for links to sources & be sure to check back soon for more 'Get The Look' features!


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Photography by Sarah Eubanks | Styling by Shannon Berry 

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    Christopher Frager


Hey, thanks for coming to the Stitch & Loom site and perusing around! I mean, there's a million other things you could be doing right now and it means a lot to us that you’re here!

Building the Stitch & Loom brand has thus far been a crazy endeavor, full of joy and earth shattering anxiety. We have high standards for what kind of experience we want the viewer to have, but we realize that it’s better just to get this baby off the ground and make improvements along the way. As they say, “Rome was not built in a day”. We’re not comparing ourselves to Rome of course. We’re more like Sienna. Or Turin.

We really love the tapetes and the artisans who created them and we've spent a lot of time down in Oaxaca getting to know the Zapotec community. They are a humble yet extremely skilled group of people and we are very grateful to be working with them. We've observed the dark side of textile manufacturing and it's been our mission to source our products ethically and to pay our weavers fair wages. We only work with small family-run workshops and have personally met each and every weaver. It's vital to us that they all work with dignity. Of course it's exhausting to travel to the mountainous village of Teotitlan Del Valle, but we want our customers to feel relaxed knowing their rugs were sourced ethically.

Our main goal on this website is to showcase our tapetes (rugs) and create an experience for the viewer. If you have any feedback or questions about anything whatsoever, feel free to reach out. We're new to this whole e-commerce thing and your input is super helpful!

On the journal, we attempt to entertain and inspire our viewers with rants about our adventures in Oaxaca, stories of the weavers and the weaving process, and our love for Mexico in general. We also include exclusive interviews with designers in the home décor industry, and other random topics that we hope will pique your interest. Who knows, we might throw in an article or two sharing our favorite tequila cocktails.

If you enjoy anything you see here, feel free to comment. We’d love to hear from you!

So on that note, happy viewing!

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Q&A with founder Matthew Collier

Q&A with founder Matthew Collier

Admit it, founder bios feel a bit trite and formulaic. So we tried a different approach, where one founder thinks up random questions and asks the other person. We feel it’s a bit more spontaneous, entertaining, and original. So hope you enjoy.
The interview took place on a balmy evening in Todos Santos, Mexico, in the courtyard of an airbnb we rented. A number of cervecas were consumed during the interview.
Chris: “We are both from Portland. What was it like growing up in the Pacific Northwest?”

Matt: Growing up in the Pacific Northwest was a lot of fun. What’s nice about Oregon is that you can get into the outdoors. I grew up camping, fly fishing, rafting, hiking, trekking in the outdoors. The people who I grew up with were all pretty real and honest, Oregon was a nice playground. It was a wonderful place to grow up. But don’t move there! (laughs) It rains too much and people don’t know how to drive.


Chris: “You currently live in Berlin. Why did you choose to live in Berlin and what is it about the city that attracts you?”

Matt: I didn’t necessarily set out to move to Berlin, it sort of happened serendipitously. I went to Berlin to see a concert and planned to stay for a few days and we ended up staying for three weeks and I kept going back. I just really liked the creative pulse and the edge of the city and the history of the city as the Berlin wall came down not too long ago. I grew really attracted to the city and got to a point to where I wanted to experience living in the city full-time and at the time my work allowed me to have a location independent lifestyle.

Also, Berlin is a very open and tolerant city for gays, lesbians and transgender people so for me personally that’s very attractive and not everywhere is like that. Obviously Portland is like that but Berlin is like that on a bigger scale.


Chris: "You have a keen interest with airports and airplanes and always tag me in photos of airports and airplanes. Do you have a favorite airplane and why? And what are your top three airports?

Matt: I love airplanes but I am terrified of flying. I don’t like the fact that I’m not in control being in a machine 40,000 ft in the air. My favorite airplane so far is definitely the airbus A380. It’s a double-decker plane known as the whale in the sky. It’s amazing. You don’t feel the bumps when there is turbulence. I would recommend sitting on the top floor because you get a better view. I’ve also wanted to fly on the Boeing Dreamliner 787, I’ve heard it’s amazing. In terms of airports, I haven’t been to a ton of airports, but I have to say one airport that I love and could probably live in is Amsterdam Schipol.

Chris: “Why is that”

Matt: It’s got everything you could want, it’s got hotels, food, casinos, unfortunately it doesn’t have coffee shops yet. It’s easy to access on the train. When you arrive to the airport for a connecting flight, you can walk the international terminal and see where all the flights are going and you can see all these big planes. It’s cool to see all different types of people. One thing I like to do when I’m there is to walk the entire airport, which takes about two hours, and just see where everyone’s flying.

Portland airport is amazing. I’m not being biased, just read Conde Nast and you’ll see that they vote Portland airport highly.

The most interesting airport I’ve flown into is Ataturk airport in Istanbul. Mainly because it's a place where some many cultures converge around the world. That’s a cool thing to see.

Chris: “Why do you like to work in Mexico? What about Oaxaca in particular?”

Matt: I generally like the work ethic of the Mexicans that I have met down here. I like the craftsmanship that a lot of the trades have preserved down here. Of course there’s mass production that goes on, but if you go into some of the rural and indigenous communities, you still see the preservation of art. For example, woodwork, tapetes, ceramics. It’s amazing to see how much pride they have in their craftsmanship. In Guadalajara, you see beautiful woodworking and carpenters. I like working in Oaxaca and in the indigenous communities in particular because they they take pride in their work but are also a very humble and not egoistical. In the communities where we work I see an honesty that you definitely don’t see everywhere.


[We take a small break because Matt is getting attacked by mosquitos]

Chris: “You are half Persian."

Matt: Correct.

Chris: “It is your destiny, as Darth Vadar would say.”

Matt: Exactly.

Chris: “What does a rug symbolize in a home?”

Matt: It depends. In my family home, a rug symbolizes tradition, a family heirloom, beauty. I think rugs are a good way of adding a unique element to an empty space. If you sit and look at a rug in a room, it brings to room to life and adds a story to a home or to a space.

Chris: “Chaka Khan’s song 'Ain’t Nobody' plays a lot when we travel. What is it about that song that gets you going?

Matt: Well I can’t really give you the whole story of why I started liking that song, but I can say that I had an experience to this song that was extremely memorable. I do idolize Chaka Khan in some way. In fact some of her songs are written by Prince, who I really like as well. This thing about Ain’t Nobody is that if you put the song on in a room full of people, 90% of them are gonna start singing to it and dancing. It gets the room pumping and it gets the car bumping when we are driving. In the gay community, people respect the Chaka Khan's and Dolly Parton's of the world because they own their identity and are very soulful.

Chris: “We worked together in the green energy sector before we were doing this. What are some comparisons you can draw between working in products vs working in services?

Matt: I’m sure there are distinctions between selling products and services. The consistent theme across all that is accountability and doing what you say you’re going to do. Customer service and treating people honestly and with respect. It doesn’t matter what space I’m in.

Chris: “Best espresso you’ve had in Europe.”

Matt: Shit…that’s a tough one. Okay, there’s an Italian coffee place near my house on Dieffenbachstraße in Berlin. They pull an awesome espresso and it’s the best bang for your buck.

Best espresso ever is a local chain in Amsterdam called de Koffie salon. We’ve been to it a bunch of times. They consistently pull a great espresso, have great croissants, and they don’t have wi-fi, which creates a really cool atmosphere. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely worked in coffee shops on my computer and don’t talk to anyone. But not having wi-fi really creates a great experience. It feels more authentic.

Chris: “What about best dance club in Europe.”

Matt: I actually haven’t been to a lot of clubs in Europe. But I did have an amazing experience in Amsterdam with you over New Years at a club called Dekmantel. DJ Harvey performed and rocked the f'ing house. The Netherlands really knows how to stage electronic music.

Being in Berlin, one of my favorite clubs would be Berghain. The music is on point, the environment is pretty unique, the people know how to party, and well, the experiences are always memorable. There are so many good venues in Berlin. I guess it’s less club related, but more about who you’re with and what music you’re listening too.

Chris: “Favorite meal in Europe?”

Matt: I would say that Czech food is amazing. My favorite dish that’s non-Persian is schnitzel. As long as they give you enough lemon. We went to a place by your old apartment in Prague called U Sadu where they have incredible schnitzel and fries.

My favorite Persian dish is something my mom makes and it’s called Zereshk Polow. It’s one of the best meals ever. It’s got dried pomegranate with rice and chicken. It also comes with Shirazi salad. Also, there’s a dish called Sabzi Khordan that’s amazing.

Chris: “Your mom is from Tehran. What makes Tehran a cool city to visit?”

Matt: I visited Tehran back in 1996. I did a lot of traveling around the country, to Shiraz, Isfahan, and other parts of the country. That was amazing, but I was a bit too young to appreciate the full experience.

I went back in 2011 with just my mom. I spent almost the entire time while I was there in Tehran. Tehran is a fascinating place. It’s at the crossroads of so many civilizations. It’s influenced by Northern Africa, Indian, Central Asian, Pakistani, European, Turkish, and Arabs. I feel like all these influences meet at the grand Bazaar. They sell everything you could imagine. It’s basically a city. If you get lost there good luck finding your way out. Tehran is a huge city, with about 20 million people. It has many different neighborhoods, great restaurants, and beautiful parks. The Iranians are really big on parks and open spaces, especially at night when it cools down in the Summer. Every time I go there I’m greeted warmly by the locals and they are really intrigued by Americans and always want to learn about American culture. As a place to visit, I would recommend anyone who has an interest to go to do it now before the big rush of tourism in the future.

Chris: “What’s your favorite quote.”

Matt: My favorite quote is by Einstein and it goes “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I’m a firm believer that if something doesn’t work once or twice, then try something different. I try to live by that quote but I know it’s hard sometimes to pivot your mind.

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Q&A with founder Christopher Frager

Q&A with founder Christopher Frager

Admit it, founder bios feel a bit trite and formulaic. So we tried a different approach, where one founder thinks up random questions and asks the other person. We feel it’s a bit more spontaneous, entertaining, and original. So hope you enjoy.
The interview took place on a balmy evening in Todos Santos, Mexico, in the courtyard of an airbnb we rented. A number of cervecas were consumed during the interview.
Matt: "I'm here in Todos Santos with Christopher Frager. It is Saturday, February 13th, 2016. We're gonna do some questions.


Chris: Fire away!

Matt: Let’s start on a lighter note. It has to do something with you are famous for. You are famous for making one of the most nutritious and healing smoothies in the world. What’s in it and what makes it so nutritious?”


Chris: That’s a good question Matt and totally random. I have in fact been known to make a pretty nutritious smoothie. Although one in which I made for my mom and she gagged cause it wasn’t sweet enough, so I guess it’s not for everyone. The trick is to use a high-powered blender as opposed to a juicer because a blender retains all the fibrous roughage. I start out with some ice, coconut or almond milk, frozen berries, a banana, cinnamon powder, reishi mushroom powder, hemp and chia seeds, cilantro, parsley, beet, fresh turmeric and ginger, burdock root, daikon radish, some greens, and a scoop of peanut butter cause the fat helps absorb the nutrients.

Matt: How often do you drink them?

Chris: "Maybe four to five times a week. It’s just an easy way to get a lot of health benefits without having to cook all the time. Just throw that shit in a blender and voila!

Matt: You're pumping on two cylinders when you are here.

Chris: For sure, and I’m at six cylinders when I’m home. I’m like a sports car when I’m home and when I’m here, I’m like a ’92 Ford Explorer. The windows don’t work.

Matt: And you're using two spare tires. 

Chris: Yes, two spare tires. And one of the panels is painted another color. But the car is still running.

Matt: “Haha, okay moving on. Next question. What’s it like growing up in Portland”


Chris: Well I have very fond memories growing up in Portland, where I currently live. I thought it was great. It was a provincial city in the 80’s and 90’s with a small town vibe while still being a mid-sized city. I really liked how green it was and my childhood home was right next to Forest Park, which is one of the biggest urban parks in America. I had a lot of great memories of running around in the forest while also being close to downtown and other big city amenities like the Portland Trail Blazers!

Portland evolved organically, where each neighborhood had a distinct vibe. I also really liked how easy it was to access the outdoors, with the coast being an hour away and the mountains being an hour away. My whole family is from Portland and it’s just nice to have them around.

Matt: “What is it that draws you to the Zapotec rugs and textiles?”


Chris: That’s a good question. I think the Zapotec patterns have a similar vibe to Navajo textiles that I’ve come across since I was a kid. Having grown up in Oregon where so many Native American groups lived, I was really intrigued by the Native Americans in Central-America. So being interested in the Zapotec rugs was a great reason to go explore that region and see the indigenous groups there.

After going to Oaxaca and meeting with weavers and seeing first hand the beautiful art in which they create I knew we had stumbled upon something special. Being a part of an ancient craft that spans 2000 years was an extremely exciting prospect. Considering so many Native American groups and their art are extinct and only seen as artifacts in a museum, I feel compelled to help sustain the Zapotec weaving craft so as not to let it die out.

I also really admire the time-intensive process that goes into weaving just one rug. We live in a time where we want things to be produced quickly and efficiently, so it’s really gratifying to see the opposite, where the Zapotecs won’t sacrifice the integrity of their art for more efficient and cheaper methods.

Matt: “If you could travel to three places in Mexico, where would you go and why?”


Chris: Wow. That’s hard. Even though we are working in Mexico, there are so many places I haven’t been yet. I think Oaxaca is definitively on the top of the list. It has a rich, artistic, vibe. There’s amazing music, food, and the people are really friendly.

Another place I would like to go is into the mountains of San Luis Potosi to a sacred site called Real De Catorce, where Huicholi shamans go on pilgrimages. I would like to observe a peyote ceremony and perhaps take part if it were offered to me. I really like Huicholi art and I would like to see what inspires their art. I’ve heard it’s really hard to get to and would be more of an adventure than a tourist attraction, which is my kind of traveling.

Guadalajara is also a great city to visit in Mexico. We’ve been there a few time because we were initially building furniture with artisans there and selling it in the USA. Guadalajara is an extremely underrated city to visit. It’s a city with about four to five million people and although it’s inland, it’s a very cosmopolitan city. It’s gritty, vibrant, inexpensive, the people are cool, and there’s a direct flight from Portland which is super random. We met some great people in Guadalajara who are very proud of where they are from. A realization we had was that many people in Guadalajara are extremely content with their lives there and don’t have a desire to be in the USA, which dispels a generalization in America that most Mexicans want to come to the USA.

Matt: “You are a lover of house music and are known to shred on the dance floor. Can you share with the audience where you learned your dance moves?”


Chris: Oh my god, seriously? Okay…how did I develop my dance moves... Well I do love house music. I started listening to it after I moved to Europe. Growing up in Portland I would attend a lot of jam-band and hippie concerts and would just groove with the crowd. Those were my favorite types of shows to go to because everyone is very free-spirited and non-judgmental, so you could dance however you wanted and it was all good. Occasionally I would get a flying dread lock to the face but that goes with the territory. Great people watching! Dancing to me has two benefits, you can shake out any bad energy from the day while also taking in good energy. It’s a form of therapy I guess.

Matt: “Nice. Okay. What are your favorite Oaxacan foods and drinks?”


Chris: Oh wow. Well you know I love the mole.

Matt: “Of course. You love mole like I love schnitzel.”


Chris: Absolutely! I love mole. I get it almost every time we go out. Our favorite restaurant in Oaxaca, called Zandunga, has the best mole in town. I get it with a Mezcal flight and I’m good to go. Mole, like the Zapotec rugs, takes a long time to make. It’s such a complex dish with so many flavors. You talked shit about my mole one night, saying the chicken looked like it was “drowning in mole.” I didn’t see it like that. I saw it like the chicken was rafting on a river of mole.

Another Oaxacan food we had that was un-fucking-real was at a remote market in the village of Zaachila and it was these carnitas tacos. They were the best tacos I think we’ve both ever had. And they were like a $1.50 for two. Best pork tacos I've ever had. I think they used the whole pig. Every time we go to Oaxaca, we try to visit an indigenous market that takes place one day during the week. It’s an extraordinary experience where people come from surrounding villages and sell their wares. There are no tourists but they don’t really pay us any mind and are really friendly. We just go with an open minds, trying obscure looking fruits and vegetables, buy crickets, eat street tacos. It’s not something my parents might enjoy, but if you want to get off the beaten path and be immersed in an ancient tradition and eat the best food you’ll ever had for $2.00, go to a market in Oaxaca.

Matt: "What about your favorite drink?"


Chris: Favorite drink, I think is Mezcal. Mezcal is considered the divine cousin of tequila and in my opinion, is more complex and interesting. Like tequila, it’s made from the agave plant. Mezcal distillers traditionally slow roast the agave by burying it in pits with hot rocks, which gives it its signature smoky flavor. I think it’s a spiritual drink because it seems that every time I drink it I have really vivid dreams and Oaxaca is considered a spiritual place in itself. There's a great Mezcal brand called Los Amantes and we always go to the Mezcaleria in Oaxaca.

Matt: “What is it that you like most about the Zapotec people?”


Chris: "Hmm. I think it’s seeing a people who have been around for such a long time. The Zapotec civilization thrived from about 500 BC to 900 AD, which is crazy because at that time in Europe was just being born. The present day Zapotec people transmit an ancient vibe, they are literally old souls. Being from America where we are so young relatively speaking, it’s a truly humbling experience to meet people that have an unbroken lineage that goes back 2,500 years. If anyone has an interest in learning about the Americas before Christopher Columbus arrived, I highly recommend the book 1491 by the author Charles Mann. It’s an amazing read.

Matt: “Okay switching gears. You are a known connoisseur of Mexican tropical fruit cups. Explain where and how to get the best fruit cup.”


Chris: "Oh wow. Where do I start with this. We were introduced to the Mexican tropical fruit cup in Guadalajara. There are tropical fruit cup vendors who go around with little carts in the morning. They’ve got everything you want, they’re slicing up mango, papaya, pineapple, cucumber, orange, , sometimes coconut. Oh and jicama, which I think is the X-factor in the fruit cup. It’s not sweet but it’s crunchy and adds a zing to the fruit cup. What else?

Matt: “Watermelon?”


Chris: Oh yeah, watermelon. But you know, watermelon is kind of a filler. It’s like raisons in trail mix. Not that exciting and takes up room. The defining factor in the fruit cup is the lime. Always ask for “mas limon, por favor.” It’s all about the lime. Sometimes you can request chili and salt if you’re feeling really adventurous.

Sometimes the fruit cup sellers will post up on a street corner every day, they have their territory. But sometimes they aren’t there. So you have to go find them. It’s like 'where’s Waldo?', but it’s 'where’s the fruit cup?' We thought about developing a fruit cup app where you can go on the App and find the fruit cup cart, rate the fruit cup, how fast they are cutting the fruit, and how much they are charging. They charge about 15 pesos for a large fruit cup, which is about $.80 cents. We start our morning with that every day.

Matt: “You spent some a number of years living in Czech Republic, what was that like and what led you there in the first place?”


Chris: That’s true, I did spend about four years off and on living in Prague. It started in college at the University of Washington. I took a Slavic literature course by an amazing professor. All of the books we read in the course were very depressing and tragic, but they were also extremely humorous. I was fascinated by this idea, where people find humor in tragic experiences. One book I read was called the Unbearable Lightness of Being by Czech author Milan Kundera, which I really connected with. That spiraled into my interest in Czech new-wave cinema, Czech theater and classical music. That country was exotic for me at the time and wanted to know more.

Czech people have been through so much in their history and their sovereignty was constantly threatened by geo-political movements, by the Austo-Hungarian Empire, the Nazis, the Soviet Union, to name a few. They have been through so much. It’s such a foreign concept to me as an American because we’ve never been under the dominion of another nation.

Prague itself is a magical city. The architecture is amazing as it didn’t get touched during World War II. When I was there in 2004-2008, Prague wasn’t as polished as it is today. It was still coming out of the throws of communism. It had a grit that was quite appealing to me. I also like that it felt like the center of Europe. You could take a train and end up in Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow. I look at that time in my life fondly.

Matt: “Okay, last question: If you could have a theme song playing in your head throughout the day, what would it be?”


ChrisWow, that’s a good question. I think something from the Grateful Dead because I’ve been listening to them for so long and it brings up so many memories. Maybe a song like Eyes of the World or Franklin’s Tower.

But also a part of me wants to choose the theme song for Jurassic Park because that was actually the first song that came into my head when you asked the question. You know, when they are in the helicopter flying to the island and they are all excited, and then at the end of the movie when they are flying away from the island and everyone’s dead and the T-Rex is running amok. That’s the duality of my life.

Matt: “Haha. Okay then, on that note, let’s go to La Esquina and listen to some reggae.”


Chris: Sounds good.

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Journey to Oaxaca

The origin of Stitch and Loom began in a charming little coastal town along the Baja peninsula called Todos Santos. One sunny afternoon as we rambled through the streets, bellies full of tacos and cervezas, our eyes immediately fell into an art gallery where on floor lay the most magnificent rug imaginable. Rich in pattern and vibrant in colors, it brought the room to life. We learned it was hand-woven by an indigenous Zapotec weaver in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

And so began our journey towards the fertile valleys of Oaxaca, to an ancient village called Teotitlan Del Valle. It was there we met a family of master weavers, led by Enedina Bazan and her mother Juana, members of an indigenous community of artisans that have honed a craft spanning 2,000 years. In their courtyard, amid foot-looms and freshly dyed wool yarn, exquisite, rare rugs hung on the adobe walls, pitching us into a history of color and texture, each rug depicting a unique story.

We were further inspired by the high ethical standards in which the weavers work, from creating dyes derived from organic sources to treating every worker with respect and honor. The result of these high standards is that one rug can take days, weeks and even months to complete! As a result, young Zapotecs are beginning to abandon the weaving profession for more lucrative jobs in bigger cities, threatening the survival of this unique art form. We wanted to help reverse this trend and bring a global recognition we feel is befitted to these talented artisans.

Thus we began collaborating directly with Enedina and other weaving families in the village. We’ve curated a collection of rugs that we feel have a modern and enduring appeal, highlighting the story throughout. We want to share their story and bring joy into homes around the world.

We are dos amigos based in Portland, Oregon and Berlin, Germany.


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