Ikat

CARMEN ORELLANA

The Ikat technique works with 100% hand woven cotton, plant dyed (with the exception of black, which we’re working on alternatives for). The ikat textile, also known as ‘makana’, is handmade by 5th generation weaver Carmen Orellana in Bullcay, Azuay province. She was awarded the Excellence in Artisanship prize by UNESCO. Carmen was involved in establishing Ikat weaving as Immaterial Cultural Patrimony of Ecuador, which protects the craft from appropriation by other groups.

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