Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cottoning on to Alexander Henry Fabrics

El Superstar Destructor cushion cover

El Superstar Destructor stands proud on a large cushion cover

Californian-based Alexander Henry Fabrics produce some of the most highly sought-after printed textiles around and are still quite difficult to find in the UK. So when we saw their Mexican-inspired Folklorico collection we knew what we had to do…


We’ve cherry-picked the brightest and the wittiest of the designs, including dancing skeletons, masked wrestlers (Lucha Libre) and sparkling sugar skulls, all printed on high quality 100% cotton.
Recently added are two laminated cottons; perfect for tablecloths for the kitchen or Mexican themed barbecues (Scottish weather permitting).

Alexander Henry Fabrics at Caoba

Our selection from the Folklorico Collection

All the fabrics are 110cm wide and sold by the half or full metre both online and in the shop, so you can buy samples for crafts or longer lengths for making unique clothing or homewares. But there is no need to worry if you don’t sew; many of the prints are also available in the Stockbridge shop as aprons and cushion covers, made in Edinburgh, exclusively for Caoba.

A Caoba apron, worn with pride

A Caoba apron, worn with pride

The Virgin of Guadalupe

Virgin of Guadelupe candle

One of the range of Mexican candles in Caoba




One of the most popular images within our shop and website range is the Virgin of Guadalupe. At the time of writing she appears on a novena candle, an Alexander Henry fabric design and a wooden retablo.






But it would be hard to conceive of a time when she is not represented in Caoba in some way, even if it is down to the customers to bring in their own!

The Virgin of Guadalupe tattoo

A stunning tattoo on the arm of a Caoba customer

Also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, this famous portrait shows the image of the Virgin Mary imprinted on a tilma or cape.

One December morning in 1531 Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin was visited by an appearance of the Virgin Mary in the guise of a young girl, who asked him to deliver a request to the Bishop to build a church on the spot where they stood. Juan Diego obeyed but found the Bishop unwilling to believe such a lowly individual. After three further requests over the next few days Juan Diego finally brought to the Bishop his bundled tilma filled with beautiful Castilian roses; roses he had been directed to pick by the young girl. As the roses tumbled out from the cape at the Bishop’s feet, he and all others in the room fell to their knees in adoration… There, imprinted on the tilma was the beautiful image of the Virgin Mary Juan Diego had described.

The tilma still survives in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico city.