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Black and Pale Taupe Colorblock Wool Cushion Cover, 'Oaxacan Blocks'

Product ID: U58883

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Black and Pale Taupe Colorblock Wool Cushion Cover, 'Oaxacan Blocks'

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Mexico's Irene Ruiz designs this beautiful cushion cover, which is crafted from soft wool that has been dyed with all-natural pigments made from local materials. The cushion cover is woven by hand on a traditional pedal loom with a colorblock pattern in black and pale taupe. The ivory cotton back features a slit for inserting a cushion.

Made in Mexico

  • 100% wool front; 100% cotton back
  • Cushion(s) not included
  • Dry clean or hand wash
  • All natural dyes
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • 0.28 kgs
  • 0.6 lbs
  • 40 cm L x 40 cm W
  • 15.75" L x 15.75" W
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Artfully crafted by Irene Ruiz from Mexico.

 

Meet the Artist

Irene Ruiz

Irene Ruiz

5.0 (artist rating)

"I don't use any chemicals because I want to contribute to the preservation of the environment and our planet. I make the colors from natural elements such as leaves, seeds and flowers."

"Hola! I was born and raised in Teotitlan del Valle, home of the legendary Zapotec rugs. It's a beautiful place and I... "Hola! I was born and raised in Teotitlan del Valle, home of the legendary Zapotec rugs. It's a beautiful place and I have fond memories of growing up with my five siblings and parents, all of them artisans. I wasn't able to finish school due to financial difficulties, but I knew I wanted to perfect my skills weaving rugs. My brothers are Gregorio and Alberto, also featured artists, and I'm related to the Ruiz Bazan Family.

"I started learning when I was 12 years old because I've always been intrigued with this Zapotec legacy of ours. Now I enjoy creating my own designs, as it represents a way of self-expression. I remember the first rug I ever made — it was 15 by 19 inches in shades of red and it takes place of pride in my home.

"Everyone criticized the colors I used in my second design and yet it's the one that sold the most!

"I've been weaving since 1999 and now I even have my own workshop where people can come and see that my art is natural, cheerful and inspired by the sunset.

"After shearing the sheep, we clean and wash the wool so we can card it with large wire combs so it's soft and then we can spin it on a wood spinning wheel. We wash it again with a plant called amole which grows here in the mountain and makes a lot of foam. That way the wool doesn't lose its purity. If we wash it with a commercial soap, the wool loses its luster and makes it almost impossible for the natural dyes to take.

"We then let the wool dry prior to dying it with organic pigments such as cochineal, pomegranate peelings, oak bark, peelings off the huacal tree, and walnut shells. We take the lichen off the rocks, and we also use flowers. We let the dye stand for about a month and when it's ready, we bring it to a boil, then we let the hanks of wool soak for about half an hour. Then we let them dry and breathe. We wash them again to stop the discoloring.

"We wrap the wool on reed bobbins so we can use it in the loom. When we start weaving, a small rug can take us up to three days, whereas a large one can take up to a month and a half.

"I hope you like my rugs because I weave them with natural wool. I don't use any chemicals because I want to contribute to the preservation of the environment and our planet.

My family and I have been working hand in hand with you since 2009. Over these years, we've been able to grow — and not only financially, which is the result of steady work. We have also grown in our vision and are creating more designs in more colors.

"The most constant change has been in the quality of our weavings. Before we began working with you, our standard was fairly simple. But as we caught sight of the vision of exporting our textiles to other countries, we realized we had to work to new standards.

"Another important change was the growth of our workshop. We began with only two looms but today, we have six and are able to give work to four families.

"Working with you has given me serenity because I have the certainty that our work is appreciated by people with good eyes and good hearts.

"Some of our challenges have been amusing. One of them is weaving large-size rugs with new colors. But for us, receiving an order is a blessing.

"Each one of our weavings is done with love and dedication. We have the confidence and the security of knowing that our work receives a fair price.

"We're happy to continue working with you. Thanks to each and every one of you who let us continue to do what we love best."

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WOMEN S M L XL XXL
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
MEN S M L XL XXL
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
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WAIST

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HIPS

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NECK

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SLEEVE

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INSEAM

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WOMEN S M L XL  
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

MEN S M L XL XXL
inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

Sash tie length

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Belt with buckle

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Belt without buckle

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