Juanita Castillo, Master Artisan
Weaving with love leaves a piece of our heart in each piece we make.”
Jennibeth Iguarán & Juanita Gil
Jennibeth Iguarán, industrial designer, and Juanita Gil, fashion and textile designer, met while working with artisan communities. They toured various territories exploring Colombian traditions, crafts, techniques, and raw materials. After this experience, MATAMBA was born to continue highlighting and preserving the country’s craftsmanship.
TEAM: 5 full-time employees + 95 artisans.
MATERIALS: Fique, Iraca palm.
TECHNIQUE: Weaving and crochet.
IMPACT: Traditional weaving preservation.
The natural fique of the tropics is a plant with a hard fiber. Its leaves are long and fleshy green and measure between 2 and 7 meters high. Therefore, the fiber preparation process is long and manual.
THE IRACA PALM
The iraca palm, also known as toquilla or palmiche, is a Latin American plant that grows in temperate climates, cool shaded areas, and along rivers and streams. To obtain the best quality of this natural fiber, the plant must have strict care during its growth period which lasts approximately 3 years until it is ready to be processed.
WE WORK WITH
Each piece is a tribute to identity and craft. We value the time, the processes, and the beauty of what is handmade, maintaining a creative dialogue with the artisans that allows us to achieve a balance between tradition and innovation.