Handspun Bed Throw with Traditional Brocade 6
//This is a OOAK artwork listed on our Artisan Direct section, brought to you straight from the weavers.//
Made with locally-grown organic cotton handspun and then handwoven by Doña Marta and her family at San Juan la Laguna. The white cotton fibers have been dyed in natural cochineal to create this vibrant red.
Doña Marta shared with us that she learned how to weave these brocade figures when she was a young girl. These are traditional figures that used to be more commonly woven in her hometown, a practice that has somehow been left behind in recent decades. She shared with us how her hands still remember what to do on the loom -- the figures started to "weave themselves."
We love this connection with tradition, history, and handmade practices... and this extra-large blanket is as cozy as can be. Three backstrap-woven panels were joined with delicate hand-stitching to make this large and cozy blanket.
Material: Local organic handspun cotton for both warp and weft. Supplementary weft threads for brocade are also handspun local cotton, naturally-dyed in a variety of colors as well as the heirloom brown ixcaco cotton.
Care: Wash with gentle detergent by hand and line dry. The fibers were starched for weaving, this may still be felt through the blanket that has already been washed post-weaving. It will get softer and softer with use and wash.
Width: 47 inches
Length: 80 inches plus 3 inches of twisted fringes on both ends
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