IKAT | Carmen Orellana & Jhoanna Guillén

The Ikat technique works with 100% hand woven cotton, plant dyed (with the exception of black or unless otherwise specified).

The ikat textile, also known as ‘makana’, is handmade by 5th generation weaver Carmen Orellana in Bullcay, Azuay province. She was awarded the Excellence in Artisanship prize by UNESCO. Carmen was involved in establishing Ikat weaving as Immaterial Cultural Patrimony of Ecuador, which protects the craft from appropriation by other groups.

Other extremely talented weavers who we work with are Jhoanna Guillén and her sister-in-law, Verónica. They are some of the most creative and dilligent artisans we have met, always excited to innovate and evolve.