Camaxtl works with artisans in Mexico who masterfully weave beautiful sarapes while using traditional techniques and designs originating from the community of Saltillo. Camaxtl helps artisans find an outlet for their products and reach a broader audience. By making the sarapes, artisans are able to earn an income and preserve a cultural heritage that connects them to their roots.
The sarape is a universally recognized symbol of Mexico. This beautiful textile has a rich history and tradition that continues today. Sarapes originated within the Chichimec people of Coahuila in northern Mexico. While sarapes continue to be made in that region, they have also made their way into modern culture. “Sarape” itself refers to the traditional striped weave of the blanket, which is woven by artisans using a handloom. The fibers are carefully hand-dyed, depending on the color, before woven together to create the blanket.