SKULL SCARVES CHIAPAS
by MARGARITA CANTÚ
MATERIAL: 100% cotton, handwoven on a backstrap loom, by artisans in Chiapas
SCARVES: SIZE: L: 200 x W: 22 cm // L: 78.74 x W: 8.66 in (without fringes)
NECKPIECES: SIZE: : L: 96 x W: 39cm // 37.79 x 15.35 in (neckpieces are sewn together and you pull them over your head)
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ONLY ONE PIECE EACH. Please inquire for potential orders.
This is a mezmerising range of handwoven scarves and neckpieces, by designer Margarita Cantu, made by highly skilled artisans in Chiapas with their rich textile tradition. There are many villages in Chiapas, each of those having different nuances and traditions in their textile tradition and skills. All scarves are fairtrade and the artisans are paid a high standard and respectful fee. One scarf takes approximately one week to do. They are worked on backstrap looms. This is an important social design project by the designer, where the intention is to preserve the rich textile tradition in those villages and help the artisans to make a living with their skills and preserve traditions and techniques for the next generations to come. It has become a huge problem all over Mexico, and also in Chiapas that Chinese production has come in to mimic handmade artisanal making and has sadly and shockingly eroded a lot of traditional artisan crafts. For the artisans it has become much easier to buy the cheap Chinese fakes, rather than produce their own pieces for days and weeks, where they can never - or not anymore (due to the Chinese fake invasion) - charge what those pieces are really worth. Here we have a project that fully respects the labour and tradition and pays the artisans more than fairly and respectful. We need to help those communities for their survival and the generations-old craft traditions and fight the erosion through fakes.
The technique of the backstrap looms is very common in artisan and indigenous populations, as they allow to carry out the weaving anywhere, especially in streets. The artisan straps one side of the loom around the body and just needs one opposite point to fix.