Chéel Table Runner

This piece comes from the village of San Andres Larrainzar, Chiapas. It is made out of cotton using a backstrap loom.


180 cm x 55 cm

Weaving, women and the loom

There are many magical beliefs and superstitions concerning the loom. The loom, the spindle, the weaving comb are all connected symbolically with hair, which in turn is connected with rain and serpents, and thus with fertility.

In Chiapas, many women believe that it is disastrous to weave when pregnant, as it brings bad luck to the child if it is a boy. This is because weaving is a woman’s occupation. For the Maya, weapons are as closely associated with men as looms are to women.