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Minelia De Alcolea
Thank you for visiting Camila Kristine. My story began during a trip to Yucatan, where I fell in love with the region's beautiful embroidery techniques. I knew immediately that I wanted to incorporate them into my linen designs. To this day, each inimitable embroidered piece is handcrafted with an unparalleled attention to detail.
Linen was the first fiber used to weave fabric. Its use dates back over 8,000 years, when it was first used by Mediterranean civilizations and quickly adopted by European craftsmen. It reached peak popularity during medieval times, and remained prominent even after the introduction of cotton fabrics by the Arabs in the 1300s. The material remained the fabric of choice until the Industrial Revolution, when the introduction of spinning machines and the large plantations of North America’s “Upland Cotton” became more affordable than traditional linen techniques.
Nowadays, because of the time and laborious manual process required to produce linen yarn, the fabric has become a high-priced commodity—regarded by many as a “luxury” fabric. In Europe, linen is considered the highest-quality fabric, and the people there have long favored it for their clothing; in fact, it is not uncommon for European families to pass linen garments on to younger generations as an heirloom. Linen is a natural fiber made from the stalk of the flax plant. It softens the more it's used and washed and is extremely durable. (For example, sweat is far less likely to break down linen fibers than cotton fibers.) When cared for correctly, the fabric can last decades. It is a highly breathable, hypoallergenic fabric, but also structurally sound, which is why linen products keep their shape for years. Additionally, it's environmentally friendly, as it takes less water and chemicals to cultivate than other fabrics.
After a lot of hard work we are very proud to present our Merida Collection, carefully hand crafted by one of Merida's finest Talleres de Costura y Bordado.