Carla Fernández - Mexico
Carla Fernández (1973, Saltillo Coahuila) is a fashion designer and cultural historian who is documenting, preserving, revitalising and bringing to contemporary relevance the rich textile heritage of Mexico’s indigenous communities. Combining her passion for beautiful clothing and a deep respect for the artisans and communities who produce traditional textiles, she founded an ethical and sustainable business that includes a fashion label and a unique mobile design studio, Taller Flora (Workshop Flora). Travelling throughout the country, Fernández works closely with hand spinners, weavers, embroiderers and garment makers to document their age-old techniques and processes such as backstrap-loom weaving, natural dyeing, embroidered motifs and unique geometric structuring, pleating and folding. Then, working collaboratively, they adapt and transform these concepts to make striking contemporary clothing. The business produces both a high quality fashion collection of refined, singular modern design and a commercially produced prêt-à-porter line.