Teotitlán del Valle is a small village in the south of Mexico known for a wool-weaving tradition that dates back thousands of years (to 500 B.C., to be exact). It?s also the source for the inaugural line of color-saturated accessories from Oakland-based Ilano Design.
Handwoven and naturally dyed in indigo, marigold and other electric hues, the Desert Loom collection?s purses, pillows and pouches are designed by master Oaxacan weavers (browse their profiles on the website) and then gussied up by founder Roseli Ilano in her East Bay workshop.
Since the line?s launch last month, the Zapotec Horizon totes ($175) and whimsical bird-print Pajarito pouches (starting at $100) have been flying off the shelves at Little Paper Planes and Convert. And we?d love to brighten up our couch with Ilano?s bold textile pillows (starting at $125).
Shop the winter collection online, and stay tuned for the very exciting forthcoming spring line, which will include clutches and wallets woven in the Cordillera region of the Philippines.
Oh, what a wonderful world indeed.