On February 5, Emiliano and Delfina celebrated 54 years of marriage. Together they raised children in Southern Mexico, and developed innovations towards an artisan weaving tradition that has existed in his family since 1920.
This photo marks the occasion of our first big collaboration, with a recently completed order of 62 limited edition cushion covers for the soon-to-open atelier of my client in Paris, France.
The production process was a family affair with Emiliano and his son weaving the textiles on standing foot pedal looms, Delfina and her daughter cutting and sewing the pieces in-house, and Emiliano finishing each cover with an intricate knotted fringe that is entirely done by hand. It takes roughly eight hours to complete a single cushion cover, end to end. The textiles themselves are exquisite, and this family is regularly selected to display their work as some of the best in the state, along with the country.
I am currently collaborating with the family on a series of handwoven picnic blankets and napkins. There will also be a range of other quality textile pieces from their workshop on my new website, including cotton scarves, rebozos and custom cushion covers.
When I was helping Delfina cut the fringe on these textiles over the weekend, she noted that some of the cushion money went towards their anniversary party – an intimate family comida. This is the aspect of my current professional focus that is most important to me. Ethically sourced goods ensure that funds go to the right people. With this, there is transparency in supply chains. The money does not merely line the pockets of disposable fast-fashion conglomerates, as their garment workers struggle to make ends meet – it helps to celebrate 54 years of marriage, seven children, and the opportunity to continue a family tradition that has been an intrinsic focus in this artisan home for the last 95 years.
Words and photos ©Ehren Seeland