This beautiful piece is completely handmade via pedal loom and features intricate cross-stitch embroidery by Purépecha artisans from the Michoacán sierra.
"We weave our own canvases, and we embroider on them. By acquiring one of our pieces, you are wearing our memory and heritage; we want you to take them with you and show off our traditions; it doesn't matter if you use a classic huanengo or one of our most current proposals; they all represent who are we."
Please note all pieces are handmade, therefore, no item will be alike. All designs vary and range in colors!
- Color: Black
- Material: Cotton
- Size L: Bust - 22.5", Length - 37"
- Time of elaboration: 4 weeks
- Embroidery: Cross-stitch embroidery
- Technique: pedal loom, cross-stitch
- Iconography: Embroidery is representative of Purépecha culture, the flora and fauna,
Las Yácatas, known as the ancient pyramids located in Tzintzuntzan, a Mesoamerican historic site, as well as the stars.
- Specification: Hand-dyed cotton dress woven on a pedal loom featuring traditional iconography
- Care Instructions: Your garment took weeks of work to be ready and went through many hands, so it must be treated with great respect. It is recommended to wash item by hand, preferably with gentle soap, air dry in the shade away from the sun, and never use the dryer. Finally, we remind you that these are garments to wear with great pride; that is the best way to honor the artisan hands involved.
The cotton is hand-dyed and then weaved on a pedal loom to create the beautiful cloth, and finally, the artisans hand-embroider beautiful traditional iconography. It is important to note the artisans create their own cloth via the pedal loom, and no industrial fabrics are utilized.
Each of these pieces goes through a path of approximately four weeks of work where many hands and a lot of love are involved and are encouraged to be carried by you with great pride. Each garment will include a tag with the name of the artisan whose work you are supporting.
Every year in Uruapan, the Craft Fair takes place, and it used to be the source of the main income for Michoacán artisans. In 2020, due to the global pandemic, it was canceled, and the opportunity to sell and exhibit crafts was lost, and this is how Tsanda was born.
It emerges as a non-profit project with the intention of supporting artisan families to promote and sell their textiles through social networks. This initiative was well received, and in September of the same year, it was decided to officially establish a brand and grow this project with the intention of taking a little piece of Michoacán to all parts of the world.
Tsanda has evolved to become a motor of inspiration and respect for the Purépecha culture as well as a source of stable work and economic independence. To date, 12 artisan families are working in 7 communities, and they continue to grow with the vision of including more families and integrating different textile techniques.
"Tsanda we are the daughters, mothers, and grandmothers of the Purépecha culture. We reflect our hereditary knowledge of many years of history with each thread and each stitch that we capture in our textiles.
With our embroideries, the light of the family tradition is kept alive; that is why each Tsanda piece is made to be worn with great pride. We feel a deep affection for our roots, the Purépecha culture, and the place where we grew up; Michoacán.
Being able to transmit this immense love in each garment is what makes our hearts beat stronger and stronger."