Over 1,400 years ago, the Mayan people discovered Henequén, a plant indigenous to Yucatán, México. By crushing the leaves, they extracted a strong white fibre that could be used for everyday items, like fabric, bags, hammocks, nets and ropes. Centuries later, the Sansevieria plant was introduced to the Yucatán; these fibres were found to be softer and finer than Henequén, making it an ideal material for thread making. No one fiber is the same, adding to the aesthetic beauty of a nature made design.
In hands as textured as the native plant fibres they work with, Mayan artisans possess the knowledge and desire to preserve their traditions by passing them down to the next generations of mothers and daughters. The ‘ancianos’, or ancient ones, still work with tools and techniques used in eras from long ago. Now, through textile innovation and bespoke design, Angela Damman is helping these artisans breathe new life into their ancient traditions, and bring renewed vitality to their communities.
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