Our Weaving Process
Our textiles are woven on wooden Foot Looms (also known as Pedal Looms or Telar de Pie) by Maya artisans. These looms are centuries old and require no electricity. Traditionally, Foot Looms were only used by men but through the years women have also learned the art of Foot Loom weaving in addition to the Backstrap Loom (Telar de Cintura) unique to the female artisans of Guatemala.
This multi-step weaving process is time consuming, complex, and incredibly interesting. Weaving is the process of making cloth/textiles by interlacing threads perpendicular to each other. The weaving method most often employed by Luna Zorro artisan partners is done on Foot Looms. Our large foot looms are made locally in Guatemala by skilled carpenters.
These looms, while manual, are complicated machines with many moving parts. Foot looms hold the threads a person weaves. They stretch out one set of threads, the “warp”, parallel on the loom. Another thread, the “weft”, goes over and under the warp threads, back and forth, again and again, to create the woven fabric. The foot pedals called treadles open and close the sheds (the temporary separations in the warp) by raising and lowering the harness.
The wide varieties of fabrics, patterns, and designs that Luna Zorro artisan can create are a result of generations of artistry passed on from parent to child. Not only is this a valuable skill, but the process of weaving is a true art form.
It is our goal at Luna Zorro to not only honor and preserve this ancient art, but celebrate it for it's beauty and heritage.