How is a Rebozo made?
Manufacturers and handicrafts of the Mexican indigenous people began as family activities, for example, they used them to dress, eat or have fun. However, each day it is more common for them to leave their communities to sell their work. This has generated that the designs have to be adapted to the taste of the buyers.
This has also affected the way in which many of these crafts are made, as quantity is favored against the quality of the product, when what really matters is what lies behind each work, from the meaning to the way it is made.
The fabric of an artisan Rebozo is made in looms, a loom is a machine that is used for weaving and can be made of metal or wood. But, how does it work? Well, the basic logic behind any loom is, first of all, placing threads in a parallel way -this threads are called warps- and then putting a kind of weights on the sides so that the threads (ok.. yes.. the warps) are well tight, so then, using a special mechanism within the loom, the warps will rise in a group or one by one to be able to weave.
Our rebozos are made in a traditional way in looms of two types:
1. The waist loom
2. The rustic pedal loom
Stay tuned for the following posts! We will go deeper explaining each loom!
See you soon.