Camila Cotton Natural Indigo Jacket
There's something intrinsically soothing about the color blue...its depths are rich, mesmerizing, restful. Surround yourself in its lovely embrace with a serene piece ready to take you from season to season in luscious style.
- 100% cotton
- Hand-dyed with natural indigo
- Do not bleach
- Handmade in El Salvador
|Sizing in inches/cm||Chest||Length|
|S||37/ 94||27 / 68.6|
|M||40 / 101.6||27.5 / 69.8|
|L||42/ 106.7||28.5 / 73.4|
|XL||47.5 / 120.6||29.5 / 74.9|
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Artisan: Las Azulinas
The lush countryside of El Salvador is an Eden of generous rains, warm sun, and fertile soils where the bluest indigo plants in the world flourish. The breathtaking dyes made from indigo have been prized in the region since pre-Columbian times, when its depths of blue made it sacred in Mayan culture. After the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, El Salvadoran indigo became an important international trading commodity. Calling it "blue gold," the Spanish soon established plantations all over El Salvador, making it the largest producer of indigo in the world for the next four centuries.
By 2003, years of turmoil and civil war had ravished El Salvador and its people. Looking for a way to improve their lives, an enterprising group of women artisans in the village of Santa Ana came together to put their skill and resources to work. The result was an artisan cooperative called Las Azulinas, an enterprise in inspiration that creates beautiful indigo clothing by hand. Named for a regional flower, Las Azulinas celebrates El Salvador's rich heritage with its beautifully unique designs.
Las Azulinas' clothing caught on quickly and demand began to grow immediately. As of 2010 its creations are sold in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico, and throughout Central America. True to its original mission, 100% of Las Azulinas' artisans are women, allowing the cooperative to make real social impact by giving families a second source of income and providing better opportunities for their children. Respect for human dignity, life, and art is at the core of Las Azulina's work.
Through her work with the cooperative, Leonor Contreras is able to contribute to the support of her four daughters for the first time. "Now I can contribute economically to my house," she says, "and I am qualified for small loans which I have used from time to time to buy a bed and a refrigerator, improving my family condition."
Dina and Leonor aren't alone in their enthusiasm for Las Azulinas. Castula Contreras found it difficult to make ends meet after she retired. "Thanks to this opportunity I can afford my food, my house, and I am able to support my son with his house payments. After my retirement the pension wasn't enough to cover my living expenses, and for my age it was hard to find a job," she says.
Las Azulinas' combination of El Salvador's most precious resources -- skilled women and lovely indigo -- has made it a beacon of fair trade enterprise in Central America.
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