Backstrap loom handwoven accessories and decor in Mexico
"When I started out working on my own, I faced the most enjoyable challenge of my life… Today, weaving is the main source of income for my family.""In the mountains of Chiapas, Maya women have been weaving on the backstrap loom since pre-Hispanic times. When I was a young girl, my mother began teaching me after school and this routine made every day magical.
"She always told me that this art is the most beautiful thing my children could inherit from me. I have to admit that, at first, I didn't even understand what an inheritance was. But when I began to feel a passion for weaving, I began to understand my mother's words to me.
"I began spending more time at the loom and was more and more impressed by the colors and the ways they can be combined. I love the way a single color combination in each of my designs elicits a different sensation in every person who sees them. I love it when people are attracted by the colors in my apparel, as though when they touch it, they end up falling in love with it.
"Mother taught me that practice is the key to mastering the backstrap loom. When I was quite young, I saw weaving as a way to help her with the housework and sometimes it felt like a routine I couldn't escape. But when I started out working on my own, I faced the most enjoyable challenge of my life. It made me aware of the discipline my fathers had ingrained in us every day. Today, weaving is the main source of income for my family.
"I usually use cotton for the warp, and attach one end to a waist strap and the other to a fixed point. Then I begin weaving, using a wooden rod with twine heddles. The process is done completely by hand as I give shape to each design.
"I want people to become acquainted with my work and offer them the opportunity to acquire and share my designs."