Over 1,400 years ago, the Mayan people discovered Henequen, a plant indigenous to Yucatán, México. By crushing the leaves, they extracted a strong white fiber 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 fibers were found to be softer and finer than Henequen, making it an ideal material for thread making. Henequen and Sansevieria plant fibers are not only resilient and strong, but luminous. No one fiber is the same, adding to the aesthetic beauty of a nature made design.

In hands as textured as the native plant fibers they work with, Mayan artisans possess the knowledge and desire to preserve their ancient 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. From land to loom, one product can generate economic opportunities in several communities, and each one carries the mark of the hands that made it.

Angela Damman is featured in L'OFFICIEL, Condé Nast Traveller and Vogue Magazine.

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