(1) Chenalhó Chalina - 6' x 20” approx.
(1) Set of Chiapas Earings - 3" - 4" variation
Our 100% cotton, handwoven Chalina is perfect for wrapping around your shoulders. A beautiful addition to any outfit! Also included are our Chiapas Earrings. The hand-stitched earrings feature geometric patterns in vibrant colors and look great paired up with your Chalina.
The tellar de cinturon, backstrap loom, one of the oldest methods for weaving textiles and creating the first articles of clothing, dates back to 2000 BC. This deceptively complex method works by stretching the threads between a stationary object and a strap that is wrapped around the waist of the weaver, the weaver becoming part of the loom, their expert hands weaving each string, the constant leaning forward and pulling back of their bodies to create tension and tighten the weave.
About the Artisan
Nestled deep in the Sierra Madres mountains of Chiapas, passing tall pine and oak trees rests the small municipality of Chenalhó. The town was created in 1934 but the Tzotzil people have lived here since around 300 AD, trading Quetzal feathers, amber, and salt with the Aztecs and Zapotecas. Preservation of their language and traditions are important here, Spanish is a second language, and almost all of the older men and woman dress in their traditional garments. The women start weaving as early as eight years old, they make their own clothes as well as make various textiles to support themselves and their family. This group of women formed a cooperativo, a co-op, called Las Girasoles to help support each other, preserve their traditions, and ensure a fair wage for their work. With over 50 women working together, they are excited to share the fruits of their labor with you.
Your Purchase Makes a Difference:
- Woman Empowerment
- Artisan Made
- Preserves Tradition
- Job Creator
- Supports Small Business