• sustainable fashion designer • botanical dyer • performance artist • photographer • director of movement and film •
Afro-Colombian artist, Coco Villa crafts rarities for spaces, walls, and bodies. All are experiments on dressing, movement, and natural color behavior.
c u r r e n t l y • Asheville, North Carolina.
SOMOS by CocoNuco
SOMOS by CocoNuco was born in 2012 when founder Coco Villa rekindled her great lifelong love and fascination with sewing and performance art. What started as a custom client collection, evolved into a line of a wearable art with an emphasis on botanical dyes and sustainable apparel. This is not just a clothing brand. It is an experiment where fashion meets contemporary art.
It is a way of researching, sharing, and connecting.
It is a creative practice, a performance, a documentation of movement, a dance installation.
It is the study of botanical colors, a natural dye lab, an alchemical practice.
It is an exploration of geometry, fiber craft, and ethically made apparel.
It is a closet full of eco-luxury garments for all to play dress up in.
Creations are wildly crafted in small batches and naturally dyed by hand with locally foraged plant matter. All goods are stitched together from natural fibers, folk fabric, hand printed textiles, or salvaged materials.
Coco creates one of a kind conceptual pieces for seasonal collections and private clients.
A M A N T E is Coco Villa's collection of silk slips, robes, and luxurious loungewear. Each garment is a nostalgic relationship to Earth, handmade from natural fibers, soaked in a bit of magic, and filled with ingredients that love you back.
The layers we intertwine into our worlds should be infused with healing intentions, strength, and love. This is your most intimate layer. This is a companion for your skin.
Take a look at the Coco’s two part short film, El Color de AMANTE.
"People have become much more careful about what they ingest and put inside their bodies. I think people should also be aware of and notice the things that they put on their skin. It is one of the most absorbent organs we have. "
- Coco Villa on The Creativity Habit
As Coco works with artists, farmers, herbalists, restaurants, flower shops, and fiber enthusiasts, she studies everything from minerals and botanical color to the production of ethical fashion brands. She explores healing rituals and science based hypothesis through cooking, foraging, extracting, recording, and ultimately trial and error.
Take a look at Coco’s Workbook for shared research.
This is a small batch operation. Unless otherwise mentioned, all garments are entirely handcrafted from seam to button. Every aspect of these one of a kind pieces are done in studio from textile design and selection to natural dyeing, sewing, harvesting plants, and herbal pigment preparations.
All goods are stitched together from natural fibers, folk fabric, hand printed textiles, or salvaged materials.
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Select boutiques carry SOMOS by CocoNuco. Take a look at her stockist.
Working with natural dyes is a long layered process that requires a great amount of care and patience, often involving a series of baths, steams, and air drying, spanning days to weeks in order to achieve the most unique color blends. Experimentation is at the heart of the work.
Fabrics are treated through alchemical dye sessions and infused with healing herbs and wild flowers. The natural world serves as the greatest source behind Coco's creations.
Coco shares her craft and creative practices by providing hands on learning experiences in your space, for your team, or just for you! Explore the magic behind the natural dye process and playful body movement.
Click here to find out more about about what classes Coco offers.
Take a look at what’s already on the calendar!
Contact for any workshop inquires or requests.