We all know that in our fast-paced world, taking a moment to appreciate the timeless beauty of tradition can be a real treasure. At Intertwined, we're thrilled to share a piece of our recent adventure that has brought a touch of Oaxaca, Mexico's charm right to your table – our brand-new handwoven cotton table runners. And let us tell you, the story behind these handwoven table runners is just as heartwarming as the runners themselves.
Ginger, one of the co-founders of Intertwined, recently embarked on a family trip to Oaxaca City in Mexico. It wasn't just a vacation; it was an exploration of flavors, history, and creativity. Among the ancient ruins and vibrant streets, she discovered something truly special – The Weavers Cooperative of Santo Tomás Jalieza – a group of talented local women living about 35 minutes away from Oaxaca City.
The cooperative isn't just about creating beautiful things; it's about creating a community. The women behind these handwoven creations work together, ensuring that everyone gets their fair share of recognition and reward. It's not just about business; it's about honoring skills, effort, and culture.
Now, let's talk about the technique – like many of our artisans in Guatemala, the women of the cooperative use backstrap looms. Each loom consists of two main components: a set of parallel bars, typically made of wood or other materials, and a strap that is tied around the weaver's waist. One end of the bars is attached to a fixed point, like a post or a tree, while the other end is connected to the weaver using the strap. By adjusting the tension of the strap and the position of the bars, the weaver can control the tightness of the warp (the vertical threads) and create the shed, or the opening through which the weft (the horizontal threads) is passed.
The weaver sits on the ground or on a low seat, using their body weight to maintain tension on the warp threads. As they weave, they alternate between raising and lowering the bars, which creates the shed for the weft to be inserted. This method allows for intricate patterns and designs to be handwoven into the fabric. It’s pretty amazing to watch!
When you choose these table runners, you're not just getting a piece of fabric. You're becoming a part of a tale that celebrates community, craftsmanship, and the beauty of slowing down in a fast world. Our collaboration with The Weavers Cooperative of Santo Tomás Jalieza isn't just business – it's a connection. It bridges the gap between different worlds and cultures, reminding us that sometimes, the most valuable things are those that have stood the test of time.
So, the next time you lay out your table, remember that it's not just about setting the stage; it's about sharing a story. A story of a city, of talented artisans, and of a brand that believes in keeping tradition alive in a modern world.