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All natural, hand-woven textiles from Southeastern Mexico
Woven on the versatile backstrap loom, using all-natural cotton fibers and dyes from the surrounding fields, these textiles have for centuries been seen as wonderfully expressive objects for decoration and for use. Now, more and more people in the West are realizing the decorative possibilities of these tapestries - as blankets, wall hangings, upholstery, floor, pillow and cushion covers. Indigenous textiles are an original addition to any house or apartment and there are as many colors, compositions, and shapes as there are artistic styles.

The extraordinary, traditional weavings in this collection were originally brought to the U.S. by Luna Blanca over 10 years ago as part of a project sponsored by INI (Instituto Nacional Indigenista/Mexican Bureau of Indian Affairs) and UNICEF. The project was developed to enable weavers of the Mixtec culture to become more self-sufficient. Southeastern Mexico is a region of high mountain peaks and narrow valleys lush with rainfall, and for many of the region's indigenous people, fabric and dress are used to indicate the wearer's cultural group and place of origin.

The finest quality embroidery thread, traditional coyuche (natural brown) cotton, and natural dyes from fruits, flowers, barks, roots, leaves, wood, cochinilla (insect), and caracol (sea snail) were used to create the handmade textiles for this project, all without damaging the area's resources, wildlife or ecology. As a result, each textile is hypoallergenic and completely free of synthetic chemicals, dyes and fibers.