At the Paulina Ortiz Studio the designer works closely with a team of professional designers who use simple, creative techniques and methods designed to be easily used by women – mostly heads of households – who do the specialized manual work under her direction, contributing to the objects’ production and design decisions with their ideas and experience. The process is an intense one, with tremendous synergy and mutual collaboration from which good results have been obtained.
Pita fiber is processed from its raw state. The fiber is washed, combed, cured against moths, gummed and sealed for later dyeing or painting.
Cotton fiber is used in dyed or painted cloth or crushed to form hand-made paper. In both cases, the cotton is neutralized to ensure its preservation over the years.
Ramie is used to make details such as braids and ties and is treated similarly to pita fiber, except that it is rarely gummed.
The Manila hemp (abaca fiber) is also crushed and neutralized for use in making hand-made paper.
process and preservation
All the items produced in the Paulina Ortiz Studio use superior quality materials and appropriate finishes to ensure proper preservation over time. The most commonly used fibers are pita fiber, cotton, ramie and Manila hemp, all vegetable fibers.
When deemed necessary, all fibers are sealed and protected with high quality varnish to insulate them from humidity and dust, aid in cleaning and ensure their conservation.
When metal structures are used they are protected with finishes to prevent rusting.
In each particular case, customers are given the pertinent care instructions for their products to ensure their preservation over the years.