Manta Cotton: Handwoven in Oaxaca, Mexico

I’ve been getting quite a few inquiries lately about whether Manta cotton is still being woven in Mexico and if it is available with natural dyes.

What is Manta cotton?  It is 100% natural unbleached cotton also known as “cotton crudo” or “wild cotton” or organic cotton. Typically it is used to make men’s shirts, called guayaberas.  The cotton fiber is sturdier, more loosely woven and cool.

I asked my friend, Eric Chavez Santiago, director of education at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca about this.  He says there is a designer/artisan from Oaxaca who has dyed manta with some natural dyes. His name is:

Juan Manuel Bautista
Macedonio Alcalá 407
045-9511875075
TEl. 5146839
tipicoalban@hotmail.com

Eric says that most of this manta is industrial, machine woven. It is then washed and dyed. It is hard to use natural dyes on the fabric and have the dye come out in a uniform color.  You need very big dye pots and cotton does not take nicely to the the natural dyes. You can ask him to see photos of the material if you are interested in buying this.

 

8 Responses to Manta Cotton: Handwoven in Oaxaca, Mexico

  1. looking for dyed plain colored manta and also dyed striped manta
    please advise !

    • I’ve cut and pasted the blog post here where I named who to contact to inquire about manta cotton made in Oaxaca. His name and email address is below. That’s the best I can do! Thanks for reading, Marily.

      Manta Cotton: Handwoven in Oaxaca, Mexico
      Posted on Saturday, June 4, 2011 | 6 Comments | Edit
      I’ve been getting quite a few inquiries lately about whether Manta cotton is still being woven in Mexico and if it is available with natural dyes.

      What is Manta cotton? It is 100% natural unbleached cotton also known as “cotton crudo” or “wild cotton” or organic cotton. Typically it is used to make men’s shirts, called guayaberas. The cotton fiber is sturdier, more loosely woven and cool.

      I asked my friend, Eric Chavez Santiago, director of education at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca about this. He says there is a designer/artisan from Oaxaca who has dyed manta with some natural dyes. His name is:

      Juan Manuel Bautista
      Macedonio Alcalá 407
      045-9511875075
      TEl. 5146839
      tipicoalban@hotmail.com

  2. could you tell us an average price for this manta cloth?? and can it be washed by hand ? or machine? Thank you

  3. Thank you very much for your reply Barbara. I’d forgotton all about my request to you & got a very nice surprise to read your response.
    Hope to get to Oaxaca in 2012. I live in Byron Bay Australia & it’s a LONG journey.

    Kind regards,

    Meg

  4. Could you also tell me where I can but the manta undyed? If it is machine loomed, there must be suppliers I can purchase from.

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