'JUANA ARRACIFE' CUSHION
Design by Colorindio and handwoven in San Lorenzo Zinacantán, Chiapas. A village mostly inhabited by Tzotzil Maya, the indigenous women of this community use the backstrap loom to weave garments and textile preserving and celebrating their ancient heritage. Bring a touch of subtle colours and weaving traditions to your living room or bedroom with this beautifully crafted piece.
*cushion filling not included
Dimensions: 30 x 60 cm
Material: 100% wool
Made in: San Lorenzo Zinacantán, Chiapas, Mexico
Artisans: Pascuala Hernandez
About The Designer
COLORINDIO was founded in 2009 by Pola Parlange and Libia Moreno with a mission to weave stories of ancient cultures through fabric.
Guided by fair-trade principles, they started a collaboration with weavers’ communities in Chiapas, based on cooperation, friendship and values of equity and balance, providing a steady income for more than 150 women.
Each cushion cover, throw or placemats featuring in our collection is born out of this relationship and it’s an expression of weaving traditions and the rich cultural diversity of Mexico.
About The Technique
Woven on a backstrap loom, a technique in use in Mexico for four thousand years. It’s a relatively simple device, compare to the traditional pedal loom, however the process of setting up is equally lengthy and complex. When the loom is set up the bar furthest from the weaver is tied to a tree or post the other is attached by a strap to the weaver who controls the tension with her body. Because of the particular setting, this technique can be used to weave long, but narrow fabric. Generally larger pedal looms are operated by men, whilst backstrap looms are used only by women.