By Denisse Kuri
Collaboration with Textile Designer Denisse Kuri & Master Artisan Yolanda Hernandez
In the natural reserve of Cierro Huitepec, trees are inextricably tied to Zinacantán weavers. You can see their waists attached by the energy of the threads to the strong trunks that rise to the clear sky. This impressive jungle blankets the landscape where master artisan Yolanda Hernandez weaves the vivid cotton threads in the traditional “telar de cintura” (back-strap loom).
Passed through the generations to the few master weavers that remain, this endangered ancient technique reflects a culture that chooses art to preserve its heritage.
This is a delicate artistic process that consists of fabricating the loom itself, carefully mounting threads, and patiently weaving over time to create a piece of art. By carefully counting threads, Yolanda forms the brocade of the piece and shows the rich iconography of her world.
A stair to access the ancient world of the Mayas, the rhombus grid Star Tunic design transports you to the importance of astronomy and interpreting the night sky in ancient Mayan culture. The mixture of Denisse’s sketches, color combination, and experimentation with Yolanda’s technique and mystic knowledge makes this piece a modern manifestation of culture and tradition.
Crafted in Zinacantán, in the state of Chiapas, México
Telar de Cintura - Back-strap Loom Weaving
Limited edition of 50 pieces*Due to the handcrafted nature of our products, slight variations enhance authenticity.