Our Curripiti collection is made using a backstrap loom (sometimes called a waist loom) that consists of sticks, rope, and a strap that is worn around the weaver’s waist. This strap is how the backstrap loom received its name.
The method consists of intertwining threads of any type of fiber in the loom, tying them to a pole or tree on one side and to the waist of the craftsman on the other, and interconnecting perpendicularly other threads with chopsticks to give the finish to the weft of the fabric.
This is a very old technique practiced by Mesoamerican cultures and artisans continue to use this weaving method in some communities of Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Our artisans weave long stripes of fabric then apply these pieces to the bags. A woven strip like this can take up to 8 hours to create and makes each bag special and unique.
We believe you will enjoy these beautiful handbags as much as we do.