ah, time flies too quickly
here we are 1 year from when katrina welcomed us into her stunning oaxacan home. 2 months prior to our arrival we were in ecuador and i stumbled upon the beautiful handwoven caftan & tunics on august etta's instagram through a mutual friend of ours [hello, kate!]. i started exploring the page in more detail and knew that i wanted to meet the gal behind this beautiful content – her texas roots paired with her eye for design and the fact that she was living in oaxaca running her own business, i knew she had to be just straight up cool - so i sent her a note.
emails were exchanged and she ended up welcoming us with open arms to come stay with her, learn about her craft, meet the mendez family, and even photograph some of her new pieces. we were both amazed by her kindness and generosity, and will be forever grateful for the friendship we made and the truly unique + local experience we had visiting this part of mexico.
august etta, in short, is handwoven artistry by women & men in oaxaca, mexico, designed by katrina herself. 5% of profits help support the women of fundación en vía. each piece is named after a person that is important to katrina [friends, family, mentors]... and is unique in it's own little way. the mendez family are some of the warmest, sweetest, most interesting people we met during our time in mexico. this was my first time to see a handloom in action, and learning about this process gave me such a deeper appreciation for this kind of work. seeing the pieces grow from start to finish was so inspiring and i can only hope i get to return one day!
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