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Get The Look

Get The Look

Lake Bell’s fabulous NY pad is seeping with eclectic punches from around the world. Get the look with with Mexchic’s Huichol Jaguar Heads, hand woven Ikat blankets or hand embroidered pillows.

meet macario

Meet Macario and his lovely 11 year old daugter Alondra. 

SONY DSCHe is one of the representative leaders of his community Protrero de Palimita in Nayarit, where we are making the beautiful, brightly colored pillows which you can buy here.

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Macario specializes in beading (remember those beautiful beaded necklaces we had a few months back?) and thread painting, we don’t sell those but I have a few pieces of his work in my own personal collection. I’ll have to take some pics and get them up here.

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We’re planning a number of exciting community project with him in addition to continually creating new and exciting 

collaborations with their artisans. 

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The Rebozo Studio

Alberta Segura’s world is a fantastic time warp back into old Mexico and she is justly proud of being the official keeper of her family’s old-world traditions and secrets.

The first memory of her father weaving rebozos was when she was 8 years old, sitting at his loom making one of his timeless creations.

As far back as she can remember, as far back as her family´s history runs, the art of rebozo weaving has been her family’s lifeblood and art. Her father, a master weaver, died two months ago and the traditional family business was passed down to her to uphold.

She is the last member in this long line of weavers bearing this knowledge and now works with a family friend in keeping her family’s name and art alive.

Her adobe brick house and studio stands close to the center of town, where off to the side facing a typical square open courtyard, two large and ancient wooden pedal looms sit.

The stucco which previously covered the studio’s walls has slowly crumbled off in parts, exposing the beautiful brown adobe underneath. Old clay pots and sombreros hang randomly along the walls accompanied by pictures of saints, rosary beads, old watches and a boom box from the 8o’s.

Rebozos are shawls, though not just any old wrap can be called a rebozo. A real rebozo must be finely hand woven on either a back strap loom, or as in Alberta’s family, a traditional wooden pedal loom.

They are typically made out of silk, wool or cotton. The textile is woven into beautiful colorful ikat designs with long

complex hand-knotted macrame flowing fringe.

As she sits, spinning little spools of black cotton thread to be used for weaving one of her Rebozos de Aroma she tells me her family, as tradition dictates, weaves 2 specific designs, one of which, in the photograph above, is called venado (deer), working it in a combination of 4 colors, black, white, royal blue and a beautiful rich caramel colored brown.

She also proudly shared that her family is one of the last to continue the tradition of weaving Rebozos de Aroma (scented rebozos) where hand dip-dyed jet black cotton threads are seeped into an aromatic bath of over 20 distinct dried spices, flowers, herbs and fruits.

The cotton readily absorbs the scent of this spicy tea, after which is hung out to air dry, then woven into a slick, solid black rebozo which will forever keep its scent, even after thousands of washings.

Mexchic is thrilled to have come across Alberta and her simply gorgeous work and in a few months time we hope we’ll have some of her incredibly chic rebozos for sale. Samples are coming in shortly and we’ll be taking pics. Stay tuned to see more as we’re diving head first into the world of rebozos, we’re also getting in touch with other talented weavers who will also have very distinct and refined work to compliment Alberta’s.

Feel free to write us with any questions or comments to mexchicdesign [at] gmail.com.

take a look at our on-line store for products using her textiles

>palma hand woven dog beds

For the summer we’re making some fantastic things out of palma, first (and one of our favorites so far) is a beautiful and chic hand woven dog or cat) bed set with a fancy cushion and contrasting piping.

There are very few people left in the Toluca region who make this specific type of spiral basket weaving, but we’ve managed, after a lot of foot work, to source an artist out!

There will only be a limited number of these available, so if you love them, and you love your dog, we suggest you don’t hesitate to splurge on this heirloom piece.

The colors will come in a combo of beige (as seen in pic) mixed with design graphic in either rosa mexicana, teal blue, emerald green, shiny black or dark burgundy, in addition to one of a kind baskets we will also have available, starting next week.

They are perfect for small breed, toy and mini pooches and also cats, who are past the ‘eat everything in sight stage’ (the baskets are very sturdy, but won’t stand for being eaten by pooch).

We’ve sourced a fabulous semi water resistant poly cotton mix fabric which is chic enough to hang out in your living room and comfy enough and sturdy enough to resist normal every dog use, such as bone eating, paw licking, playing, sleeping, etc.

The inner stuffing is sewn tightly into a cotton muslin lining, which can be hand washed or dry cleaned, and the outer layer (with zipper) is machine wash (we suggest you line dry to avoid shrinkage) and hand wash friendly.

The cushion fabric comes in a multitude of fabulous designs to choose from.

These photos are of the first sample we have received. If you’d like to place and order please email us at mexchicdesign@gmail.com. We should have the other samples up and ready within the next few weeks.

Thank you to the ever handsome ‘Kawachi’ the chihuahua and three little 1 month old schnauzer pups, who have yet to be named.