Chiapas Cushions

The Artisans and the Technique

San Andrés Larráinzar, is a small town in the state of Chiapas, where women artisans live and create these masterpieces of hand-woven embroidery using a backstrap loom and a method called brocade.  This simple yet magical arrangement of sticks and threads unite with the weaver, who wears it around their waist, to create the most amazing and glowing diamond-patterned cushions.
Inherited from their Mayan forefathers, this technique has been passed down through generations.  The work of Tzotzil and Tzeltal weaver tribes is not merely a means to earn a living, but it is also a way to transcend the world around them through artistic expression and a profoundly spiritual experience.  Mayans believe that we are connected to all the living creatures on earth. This interdependence is captured in the elaborate patterns of these embroidered pillows. The complex embroidered figures of the diamond shapes tell us about the history and rich value system of the people from Chiapas. We are privileged to support the cultural heritage of this valuable artwork to ensure that it is passed on to new generations.