Chiapas Woven Pillow - Silver & Gray
Made in Mexico
by weavers preserving Mayan techniques
Hand-woven on a backstrap loom, a traditional Mayan technique is practiced to intricately weave culture into this pillow. The silver thread in this pillow is slippery, making it beautiful but challenging to weave. The diamond pattern alludes to the shape of the Earth and the sky. The artisans often weave other designs that symbolize the fertile earth, their ancestors, and the saints and Gods. Each purchase empowers female artisans at Luchometik in Mexico.
Fair Trade Mexican Brocade Pillow - Silver & Gray | The Little Market
- Approximately 19" x 19"
- Materials: Cotton
- Pillow Insert Materials: Synthetic fill
- Pillow comes ready to go! An insert is included with each purchase, and this pillow features an envelope closure for easy removal.
- Care Instructions: Spot clean.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Luchometik is a Tzotzil word meaning women brocading on a waist loom. It comes from a Mayan language spoken by the indigenous Tzotzil Mayan people in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Six women artisans founded Luchometik in 2013 after realizing that they all had the same desire to learn and were in search of opportunities improve their lives. They seek to learn about quality of product, color and design combinations, as well as sales and finance of their products. Since they began, more women have joined with the intention of learning every day.
Chiapas is a state in southern Mexico that is covered in mountainous highlands and lush rainforest. Chiapas is known for its beautiful weaving, created using traditional Maya methods that have been passed down for centuries. Weaving in Chiapas is more than just a means to earn an income - Maya weavers believe that their designs have a deeply spiritual meaning. Traditional Maya culture believes that all beings on the earth are intertwined, and these beliefs are often encoded within the patterns in the weave.
The textiles are sewn on a backstrap loom using a method called brocade. As they weave, intricate patterns emerge in the colorful fabric. The weavers memorize countless patterns, each one a unique work of art. The patterns can have great significance in Mexican culture, representing the weaver’s heritage, marital status, religion, personality, and the village she is from.
The culture of Mexico is one of the richest and most ancient in the western hemisphere. Its cultural, geographical and historical wealth is palpable and it can be appreciated through its architecture and pyramids, and traditions. Most of Mexico’s art is still created through processes that have not changed since the Aztec civilization. Clay pottery, vibrant designs, embroidered cotton garments, wool shawls and outer garments with angular designs and colorful baskets and rugs are some of the common items associated with Mexican art.
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