Alice + Olivia Russo Short Skirt

True to its name, the boxy fit of this zip top pairs with a crewneck and cropped hem for an edgier look. The Royal Zapotec fabric was custom designed and handwoven by one of Piece & Co.’s cooperative artisan groups in Oaxaca, Mexico. Pair it with an equally bold patterned pant or the perfectly pleated skirt in the same style.

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Country

Mexico

About the Artisans

Once a co-op of 10 weavers, the Oaxacan Weaving Co-op had to cut their workforce down to five employees in 2006 due to civil uprisings in the area. Thanks to the Alice + Olivia collaboration, they were able to hire additional employees to take on the largest export order the co-op has ever received. 

The Alice + Olivia collaboration helped our co-op partners in Oaxaca refine their business practices. From negotiating agreements and calculating costs to understanding their production capacity and meeting deadlines, this order really challenged the co-op owners, Julio and Norma, for the better. The Alice + Olivia collaboration was the first time they had to manage such a large order in a limited time, but they were thrilled by the experience and hope more opportunties like this come their way, to help their weavers and the community. 

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Technique

Handloom

About Handloom

By definition, handloom fabric is created using a hand-powered loom rather than one run on a machine. Handloom artisans lead this meticulous process, which involves weaving the yarn together to create solid, striped, or patterned textiles. The handloom technique has deep roots in many cultures around the globe, often representing a heritage through colors, techniques,
and symbolism.