The weaving process recognizes Boruca's focus on ancient traditions by using hand-spun cotton, dyed with natural resources. Today, new dyes are incorporated with the old and patterns and designs have progressed.
After spinning thread from Boruca cotton, weavers dye it naturally. Dyed in the traditional way, purple requires a trip to the Pacific Ocean where the ink of a mollusk is used to color the thread. Black is made with the bark of the carbonero tree. A brown cotton grows naturally. Shades of red, green and blue come from trees and plants native to the area.
Victoria Gonzales learned weaving from her mother. Listen as she explains the natural dying process.