100% Andean Native Sheep and Llama Wool
Utilising Northern Argentine fibers in its collections, MANTO ensures all their items are made with high-standard materials offering high durability. The artisans who make MANTO fabrics source the wool from their own sheep production or neighbours that are local farmers ensuring local support and excellence.
Compositions vary from sheep to llama; the wool is spined 100% by hand for women, to be dyed when they introduce colour and then weaved by men.
The wool, when coming from small local businesses, is obtained many times under barter exchange, a system still used in those communities.
MANTO tweeds are made in a 100% artisanal process. MANTO designs the pieces and then the artisans make them; MANTO works with each of these expert, self-managed family businesses to produce their one-of-a-kind pieces.
Spinning involves shearing, cleaning the fleece by separating the long, coarse fibres from the fine, short ones. Just then it is spun by hand, with patience and great skill, until a fine thread is achieved.
By tradition, women are the ones who spin.
All the tweeds are made on a criollo loom, by hand. By history and heritage, men are the ones who weave.
Many of the items are dye free. However, the introduction of colour is an attribute of some weaving communities for whom colour is really important, it is associated with cultural aspects.
The dyeing process is a zero-waste process.
It is the pride of a traditional trade in which the desire to achieve perfection is hereditary.
MANTO designs its own prints in-house, in an experimental creative process. They are made by hand using the technique of screen printing.