Palm-woven leaf handicrafts from Oaxaca Mexico.

Hey guys ! In mexico there are lots of different kinds of crafts made by mexican hands, as a rich culture we have some rebozos, wallets, and for the house we also have Talavera art, but now we want to focus on this beautiful: Palm-woven leaf handicrafts from Oaxaca Mexico. 

Woven palm crafts come in different colors and shapes, they are usually sold to tourists, but they have different uses. Today we are going to talk about these beautiful artisians, because they are a beautiful item you can use for different porpuses at home !

Find some examples of Palm leaf artisans here. 

Palm-woven leaf handicrafts from Oaxaca Mexico.

There are different types of crafts of this type, but one of the best sellers and recognized is the so-called “Petate”, which is a kind of mat that has a wide variety of uses. The fabric is made through a series of palm leaves that you must put to dry about a week in the sun.

Process of making Palm-woven leaf handicrafts from Oaxaca Mexico.

How are palm waven crafts made? Where are Palm crafts from? These  Palm-woven leaf handicrafts from Oaxaca Mexico are made in the next order: After the palm is dry, the leaves are dyed with natural inks, but in case they are wanted in natural colors, then the color is added, after that they begin to have the leaves to give them the shape that is required.

Basketry is one of Mexico’s oldest traditions.

In addition to the petates are also made tenates and baskets, which serve as containers to transport different things, apart from handbags and masks.

These handicrafts are most often made in Oaxaca in the Mixteca region, the process takes quite a while so artisans sit for hours to knit and design different formats of their items.

History of Palm-woven leaf handicrafts from Oaxaca Mexico.

This tradition of ” Palm-woven leaf handicrafts from Oaxaca Mexico. ” comes from pre-Hispanic times when they made hats that protected them from the sun in the fields.However, palm leaves were not only used for this purpose, they were also used for roofing, for tying animals, for conserving seeds, for sleeping or wrapping the deceased at funerals, which is why the phrase “It was petraped” is a widely used verb in this area and in Mexico to describe when someone died.

Palms are usually cut in the mountains and the leaves are transported by mules or donkeys.They are then put under the sun for a week, after which natural color pigments are added.An interesting fact about the “tenates” which are baskets where you can transport food such as “beans, tortillas, seeds, trilayudas, nixtamal, corn and vegetables, is that usually these baskets have the smell of seeds.

Indigenous origin of crafts made of palm.

Generally in indigenous peoples where bartering practices continue, if the family required food, it would bring their palm products to stores so that they could be exchanged for food for their families.Palm products generally do not have a fixed price, and although craftsmen come to weave only between 6 to 8 pieces per day, the cost of each piece often does not go beyond 50 pesos.Making the economic situation of the artisans an un manageability issue.

Handmade designs from palm leaves in the Oaxacan Cañada region.

It is important that the palm is fresh when they are doing the work, because if they make them when the palm is still very dry, it may get to jog or burst.It is important that the fabric is made evenly, that the palms are pulled evenly and molded in time.

Sometimes older people already make the figures without looking, as the hands already recognize the way forward so that the vessels, hats and bags finally form.

Remember you can find a lot of different mexican and Guatemalan handicrafts here.

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