Our Mission

From sustainability standards to environmentally conscious processes, we invest in supporting traditional craftsmanship. We
aim to inspire the customer to value the process and learn about the
talented artisans who hand-weave our textiles in Oaxaca, Mexico. We recognize the importance of quality over quantity, and the value of slow living.

Who We Are

The idea for Jaline came about when I was living in Mexico several years ago. Intrigued by the beautiful textiles of Oaxaca, I sought to learn more about the techniques and hoped to create a modern yet feminine beachwear collection. When I finally traveled to Oaxaca, I set out to discover the unique hand-weaving craft. Many of these textiles were made on simple handmade upright wooden looms. Meeting and speaking with the artisans, I was struck by the dedication and pride that they took in their work. Within these traditional techniques and the openness of the artisans, I saw an opportunity to create something together with them—a collection that showcased their work, embedded in a long history of textiles in this region.

Jaline Loom Photo

Since 2016, I have been working with the same family of weavers, primarily women, who have been learning the technique since they were sixteen years old. Master weavers Lidia and Sara shared with me that they had been taught by their uncle and had been trying to sell the classic 'huipil' in the well known Sunday Market in Tlacolula. I recognized their inherent pride in this work and their deep connection to it. This memorable interaction was just the beginning of our fruitful partnership. We have grown from two to five looms and added several family members to the group of weavers. The environment and working conditions for the artisans are held to a high ethical standard and in turn we are working to build a community around this business. Jaline has inspired the artisans to think beyond traditional designs, expanding on my vision, looking to the past while creating something with a modern twist.

Our Impact

t takes three days to set up the warp on the loom and approximately one to two weeks to weave 30 yards of material. Depending on the complexity of the design and variation of colors, each artisan prepares their loom to the width of what is required for the garment. They then finish each piece by hand-knotting the yarns to create a beautiful macrame design. After the weaving is completed, the products are sewn and finished in our New York City workshop. Keeping our process local between Oaxaca and NYC enables us to maintain top quality and have the transparency of knowing who made each piece from beginning to end.

Jaline Resort - Our Impact
Woman weaving fabric

Each textile is handwoven on a pedal loom, a man made machine that is operated by one artisan that is skilled with keeping a count of the warp and weft. Pedal looms do not require electricity, thus producing zero carbon footprint. Depending on the design and intricacy of the piece, they have to mathematically program the rhythm of their feet in coordination with their hands. Each piece is intricately hand-knotted showcasing a beautiful macrame finish, a process that requires time and precision.

We use locally sourced natural fibers and are constantly looking for ways to make our business more sustainable. We are now using 100% recycled packaging.