This weaving cooperative is run by 7 families in southern Mexico. Both women and men weave and hold leadership positions within the co-op. The income earned supports these families and their rural community. Weavers from this area have been perfecting their craft for centuries using symbols that are thousands of years old. They use 100% wool and cotton colored with natural dyes including cochineal (red), indigo (blue) and pericon (yellow).
UW STUDENT INVOLVEMENT
Students involved with UW’s student organization, Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace discovered Bii Dauu’s beautifully woven rugs and bags in 2014 with an introduction from Design Studies professor Carolyn Kallenborn. Carolyn has researched and collaborated with this active co-op for over ten years. Their skills as both master craftspeople and business entrepreneurs allow them to be a model for the other artisan groups we work with who have less experience creating and selling their crafts.
In summer 2015, graduate student Carolyn Jenkinson spent the summer as an intern working and learning at the renowned Textile Museum of Oaxaca.