This week on the blog we are featuring Laura Luna Textiles. Launched in 2013 as the sister company to Laura Lee Designs, Laura Luna specializes in one of a kind pillows, bags, and accessories crafted from culturally rich repurposed fabrics.
When establishing the line, Laura DiPietro saw firsthand the meticulous attention paid in making these elaborate textile patterns by visiting the artisans, often in the comfort of their own homes. The weaving process, based on a 2000 year tradition, begins with preparation of loose fibers and other materials such as feathers, tapestries, and dyed fabrics. These fabrics are hand woven using traditional backstrap looms or treadle looms.
Our favorite aspect of this collection is that each piece is a one of a kind work of art. Hand crafted huipiles, traditional garments worn extensively throughout Central and South America, weave their way through the collection both in their original form and in new iterations as pillows. These Mesoamerican blouses are still a popular garment among Guatemalan women, often telling a story about the wearer's background.
In the Ixil Collection, other clothing items such as fajas (belts used with skirts) and cortes (traditional Mayan skirts) offer unique embellishments to the designs. Each of these recycled textiles has lived a full life before becoming reinterpreted as decorative pillows.