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  • Journey to Oaxaca
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    Christopher Frager

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.

Saludos,
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    Christopher Frager

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