Conscious Convergence

Lake Atitlan Solola, Guatemala
Made with Love Regenerate Responsible_Materials Social Responsibility Upcycled
  • Founder

    Silvia Zamprogna (Selva Bhairavi) & Rodrigo Rangel Guillermo (Digo)

    Founded In

    2012

    Location

    Lake Atitlan Solola, Guatemala

    Brand Story

    "With Conscious Convergence we support indigenous communities through collaborative design. We work closely with a variety of indigenous communities to create clothing using upcycled fabrics and natural dyes made with local plants. Our goal is to converge with indigenous communities around the world and blend ancient techniques with modern fashion, sacred symbols with modern art, to create handmade products that are both renewable and unique." (Silvia Zamprogna & Rodrigo Guillermo)

    Purpose & Mission

    “We are greatly inspired by indigenous weaving, embroidery, arts and styles of many cultures. We have been working closely with Mayan and Guna communities. Our vision is to expand our work relationships with several different tribes to represent their unique culture. Over the last five years we have been working in close partnership with tailors and weavers in Guatemala and Panama, both men and women, to develop our fusion of traditional dress, urban modern style and ancient symbols. No thread goes unused, we use both recycled and original woven textiles to create each piece.

    We actively support Cosmic Social Outreach from Cosmic Convergence NGO. With this project we donate communal spaces to the local Mayan town for education and social activity. We support the re-integration of people into society with our coop project offering workshops and facilitation on how to sew, weave and make natural dyes. We also give workshops on medicinal dyes, backstrap weaving, conscious consumption and organise community projects to develop social architecture.

    In total there are 45 mayan local seamstresses between both our facilities, 10 weavers on backstrap looms, three weavers on foot looms and six on the natural dye processing. We have built strong and lasting relations within the communities we work with and are currently building relationships with new tribes.

    ​We primarily collaborate with Mayan and Guna communities but we are currently extending our relations to work with other Indigenous Latin American cultures, to incorporate their distinct art work

    Every piece is a partnership so that each person has an opportunity to share their skill sets and ideas in creating truly holistic clothing." (Silvia Zamprogna & Rodrigo Guillermo)

  • Location of Creation or Assembly

    Lake Atitlan Solola, Guatemala

    Materials

    "We use organic cotton from Mexico, our viscose & synthetic materials are deadstock (industry excess). Tipico is also a prevalent type of fabric in our designs. It is a handmade woven original Mayan fabric, made of cotton, woven via the ikat technique with a foot loom or brocade technique in backstrap loom." (Silvia Zamprogna & Rodrigo Guillermo)

    Packaging

    Recycled paper and recycled boxes.

    Method of Creation

    "We dye our items using remedial herbs gathered from the Guatemalan Highlands, where our clothes are made, such as guayaba, encino, sacatinta, pericon and more. ​

    ​These plants provide holistic benefits to our skin, body and spirit. We use them because we believe what you dress is who you are and keeping contact with these plants is a daily holistic practice for your body to merge chromotherapy and vibrational benefits." (Silvia Zamprogna & Rodrigo Guillermo)

    Use & Maintenance

    "It is best to wash our creations with a cool or cold wash setting using a gentle, environmentally friendly non-bleach based washing powder.​ With hand woven fabrics, slubs and irregularities occur naturally, and care should be taken to avoid snagging.

    Most of our woven fabrics are hand dyed. Slight colour variations make every item unique. We recommend that care instructions are followed carefully to minimise colour transfer and fading. Many of these garments would benefit from being hand washed separately and should always be dried away from direct heat and sunlight to prolong their life.

    We use intricate hand embroidery in many of our garments making each item one of a kind. They should be treated with great care to prevent pulling threads. Always wash inside out and do not iron directly on embroidered areas.​” (Silvia Zamprogna & Rodrigo Guillermo)

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