Monica Moreno, an industrial designer, founded Variopinto in 2018 with the desire of learning more about traditional textile techniques and an interest in generating employment among all those who are part of the brand today. In 2018 she collaborated with a family-owned workshop in Mitla, Oaxaca, which is dedicated to the production of fabrics on a pedal loom. Due to her need for a job and curiosity about the world of artisan textiles, she decided to start a small production of pieces at the end of that same year.
In 2019, she also began collaborating with a much larger pedal loom workshop in Chiapas, which was born to generate employment in a community in Larrainzar, since their only way to survive was by seeking employment outside the community, which implied traveling long distances.
Variopinto was born from a social approach without neglecting the aesthetic. They create timeless pieces with sober designs, cuts inspired mostly by traditional clothing with little to zero waste, and high attention to detail. Mónica's studies in Industrial Design have been an important base, both in the design and in the way of executing each production. Aware that manual processes cannot be fully controlled, she is always looking to minimize the variations that may happen. She also works hand in hand with all of her collaborators to achieve an optimal working life for each of them while providing customers with quality pieces.
Variopinto collaborates with two artisan workshops:
The first of which is in Mitla, Oaxaca and is made up of 4 artisans.
the second workshop is in Larráinzar, Chiapas, and it has 45 weavers.
There are also the tailoring workshops, one of them is located in the city of Oaxaca with a team of 3 people, while the other one is in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, and is made up of 6 people.
It depends a lot on the design and the quantities to be made. The loom preparation takes from 5 to 7 days. As for the fabric, there can be from 4 to 10 pieces each day, depending on size and design. In addition, it is imperative to bear in mind that, since the canvases are woven on a pedal loom, they are very prone to manipulation and must be worked with care, especially during the time of manufacture.