For centuries, the people in the south of Mexico have made use of the palm plant—a sustainable natural fiber that grows abundantly and wild.
The word ‘makaua’ in the Nahuatl —or Aztec—language has two meanings: hand to hand; or the act of giving a hand.
More than 700 families are a part of this project and each and every hand that has touched these products is recognized and valued—each one makes this story possible.
Artisans use the techniques that have been passed from generation to generation—beginning with the simple process of cutting, boiling and letting the palm branches dry under the sun.
Next, the palm fibers are braided into long strands making them more durable and easier to build into large forms—such as placemats, sun hats or baskets.
Palm strands are dyed into beautiful custom colors which artisans use to create interesting patterns. Sewing machines are then used to stitch the strands together, finally giving shape and dimension to the oversized shades of the frida and diego pendant lights.