Collaborative design: New Guatemalan textiles by Grain

Design studio Grain launched five new textile designs. Handwoven from Guatemalan cotton, the new textile collection has five new pillows with muted colors achieved through a natural dye process. Dyed using leaves, flowers, seeds, barks and roots of indigenous plants from the Guatemalan Highlands, the double-sided designs are filled with American-made feather and down inserts. All of the pillows are available in two sizes and support sustainable income opportunities for Guatemalan women artisans.

Tikal has a repeating pyramid shape, and is handwoven using a drop stitch technique. The Huehuetenango pillow’s repeating flying carpet pattern is handwoven using a drop stitch technique. The Atitlan Pillow is a simple grid handwoven on a treadle loom. Named after the colorful Guatemalan lakeside village, Grain’s Panajachel Pillow is woven using 10 naturally dyed colors that create layered pattern combinations. Meanwhile, the Comalapa Pillow’s graphic sampler of traditional patterns found in Mayan culture are handwoven from natural cotton.

Founded by James Minola and Chelsea Green, Grain is based in Bainbridge Island, Washington. 

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