The “Kau” Chair is about “calling to attention” the nearly forgotten ancient crafts and the rapidly disappearing traditions of the Mayan communities of Yucatan. It is a guiding principal for my design, the transformation of traditional craft and materials into unexpected formations to reveal a completely new perspective and appreciation. “Kau” is a manifestation of what we know and what we are about to discover; a connection between light and darkness, a transformation from the usual to the unexpected. The chair took the name “Kau”, the Mayan name for a black bird.
The entire production of the “Kau” Chair is made at our hacienda and at the village iron shop. The structure of the chair is made of iron mesh, which creates the shape and interesting woven appearance. Physical patterns were made for the structure and mesh overlay. Over 2,000 “fur” like fringes were hand-tied onto the iron mesh. The fur is made from the agave espadín plant, which we defiber, wash, comb, and dye, all by hand. The cushions are made from our refined henequen textile woven on a backstrap loom and filled with remnant fibers from the combed fibers.