Chamula Story

Each Chamula product is imbued with the delightful variances and rich character that can only be achieved through the careful handiwork of master craftsmen and women.

 
 
 
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A product of designer Yuki Matsuda’s travels through rural Mexico in the 1990’s, Chamula strives to preserve the art of delicately-made knit and woven goods from the Michoacán region.

 
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The passion that drives the creation of each Chamula product can be felt in the cozy embrace of knit wool caps and sweaters and also in the comfortable hold of vegetable-tanned leather footwear. 

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Chamula Knit

 

Chamula knit products are produced by the same pair of hands from start to finish, from spinning yarn to knitting the garment itself. As a result of these traditional production methods, each piece of clothing is deeply personal.

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Chamula footwear

Chamula huarache footwear is equally as splendid and notable for the exclusive use of vegetable-tanned leathers. The natural vegetable tanning process results in supple, breathable leathers, perfectly adapted for light footwear. Each piece of leather is hand painted and used to create comfortable, unique footwear that combines elegant silhouettes with native Mexican embellishment.

 
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Material

our leathers are intentionally finished “naked” to preserve the natural leather fiber structure, texture and properties and to allow the leather to develop beautiful patinas to their fullest potential over the life of the product.
This leather is impregnated with pigment that may transfer to foreign objects/materials as a result of taction.  Pigment transfer is a natural characteristic of this leather.

Chamula knit products are made of Merino wool which comes from sheep grazing in the Mexican Mountains. Merino wool is one of the finest and softest wool of any sheep and has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio compared to other wools. Chamula knit products are not itchy but feel great on your skin.