Handwoven fabrics are a truly joyful part of a conscious, considered wardrobe, highlighting both pattern and texture in the same piece. They feel different from cloth that is made on a machine, and I think it might be that feeling that means that I reach for them over printed pieces again and again when I’m deciding what to wear.
The most recent addition to my handwoven fabrics is this beautiful scarf from El Voyage, above. Handwoven on a loom in Guatemala from naturally dyed organic cotton, I find excuses to wear it, just because it feels so good on.
The brand works with Guatemala-based Flori Can, a Mayan weaver who had a childhood dream of helping her family and community, who employs more than 100 community members that are living custodians of beautiful and ancient artisan skills.
Together they create unique and exquisite works of art: Flori’s work is creating an economic revival for her people and bringing the beauty of Mayan art to a global community. Flori’s mission has become El Voyage’s mission, helping her with product branding, distribution and sales, weaving modern opportunities through traditional techniques.
Created by Yenifer Lam and Vicky Cohen, El Voyage sells a variety of handwoven pieces, as well as coffee and leather goods. Like Flori Can, each of the label’s producers are carefully selected to help support emerging economies, and also to bring local, traditional expertise to the global community.
El Voyage will be presenting their SS17 collection at the Nolcha Shows Media Lounge in NYC during NY Fashion Week in September.