I love getting update emails from Stefan at La Matera. He has been traveling the globe looking for inspiration and materials for the next product release(s). He most recent adventure has been down in Mexico…I’ll let him take it from here:
Last year during my travels in Mexico, I was introduced to a woman named Abigail living in a remote Mexican village making these amazingly beautiful fabrics by hand using the ancient technique of the backstrap loom. Abigail’s work was made of fine cotton thread and had a superb attention to detail that I hadn’t seen anywhere else. As I stood in her house and we began talking, she shared with me that she learned to weave from her grandmother and that her studies continued when a group of anthropologists saw her work and brought her to study in Mexico City.
It was there that she was introduced to other styles and developed her own innovated style that melded the ancient techniques and designs with the more modern. Abigail has won numerous national awards for her work and continues to share her knowledge and techniques with those around Mexico to help keep the ancient tradition of backstrap loom weaving alive.
These patterns were designed by Abigail and feature the animal prints and geometric designs that are indigenous to her culture. Because these patterns are all made by hand and are 100% unique, we only have a limited quantity of these available. We’re truly honored to share her story and to share her beautiful work. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
The limited collection is available on the La Matera website.