Our love for the beautifuly woven mix of tradition, textiles, dyeing and handcrafts is being amplified this month when Fe y Lola Textiles from Oaxaca, Mexico, brings their wares to Moon + Arrow for a special in-store pop up market.
Fe y Lola is husband and wife team Federico Chavez Sosa and Dolores
Santiago Arrellanas, along with their three children Eric, Janet and Omar, who are indigenous Zapotec artists of Teotitlan del Vall.
This family of artists have been weaving and dyeing for over almost 70 years, and each pieces they create is made using only natural materials, with the entire process being done by hand — from shorning wool to washing, dyeing (from such materials are indigo, local nuts and flowers, etc) and weaving. Today they experiment with complex designs that blend tradition with innovation.
In addition to weaving, the eldest son, Eric Chavez Santiago, is director of the Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú’s artisanal incubator and design showroom, Andares de Arte Popular. Their daughter, Janet, is a linguist focusing on Zapotec language, and their youngest son, Omar, who recently received his
B.A. in engineering has been traveling outside of Mexico to bring his family's unique pieces and the stories behind them, his people and their traditions.
Omar will be setting up a temporary market in the back of Moon + Arrow starting on October 30th and it will run until November 2nd. The conclusion of this event will be a special *free* demonstration of the dyeing processes and a question and answer session with Omar on Friday, November 2nd from 6pm-8pm.
This event will also coincide with the Day of the Dead or "Día de Muertos" holiday that is celebrated from October 31st - November 2nd. The Day of the Dead holiday is celebrated in Mexico in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. People wear makeup, sing, dance and celebrate to honor and demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members.
We are so honored to have Omar and these representations of thousands of years of tradition in our space.