Handmade Folk Chunky Necklace with Hanging Charms.
Be daring to add personality to your outfil with this bib-style necklace created with a combination of mixed materials that come from Mexican folk and culture. It has two main wings made of colorful woven fabric, and hanging cheerful little pendants with indigenous dolls, embroidered hearts and figures, handmade straw hats or “petates’, clay miniature crockery and colorful beads. All this mixed elements give magic and a unique personality to this Folkloric Necklace.
This piece is perfect for those who like to wear unique pieces full of originality and history. The drawings on these loom cloths are unique to this region. “San Andres Larrainzar” in the State of Chiapas, Mexico."
The artisans use only natural fibers and dyes to make the threads. Back in the old days, they utilized only the colors red, black, green yellow, blue and purple. Nowadays, they use a broader color variety to add modernity. These embroideries are representations of the sky, the earth, and frogs. This last, “Señor Rana”, as they call it, is considered the right hand of all the gods.
The waist loom is a very old technique used by Mesoamerican cultures. At present, artisans continue to use this technique to make some of the pieces they use for their clothing as well as items and accessories for the home. This technique used in some communities of Oaxaca and Chiapas, consists of intertwining threads of any type of fiber in a wooden 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. The elaboration of a square of 14” X 14” is a slow process that can take from 6 to 8 hours to finish! Unfortunately, these ancestral techniques have been replicated with machines, removing the human element, in such a way that their production is greater in a shorter time. Naturally, this has repercussions for the original producers, creators of these crafts, because it is impossible to compete with the prices generated by cheap production.