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Rebozo

REBOZO MAKING PROCESS

 

Today, only a few artisans know how to make rebozos and the tradition is, sadly, near extinction. 

This video shows the foot pedal loom technique- one of two ways to create rebozo.

 
 

A rebozo can be made using a waist loom or a food pedal loom machine. Both of the techniques requires a high level of experience; within the artisans´ communities they are classified as either master or apprentice, dependent upon their skill levels.

Weaving is just one step in the complex rebozo making process. A rebozo weaved in a waist loom takes 6 to 8 weeks of work, whereas a rebozo woven with a foot pedal loom takes only a few hours. The weaving time varies according to the level of artisan´s mastership.

 
 

 The below images depict some of the many steps required in the complex rebozo process.  

 
 

REBOZO ORIGINS IN MEXICO

The rebozo is a Mestizo garment that was crafted by indigenous women after the Spanish colonization of Mexico.

As a result of the colonization, indigenous people started practicing Catholicism and women were asked to cover themselves to enter the temples. Mestizo women used the pre-Hispanic waist loom, which follows a 15-step process and takes 6-8 weeks of work, to imitate fabrics worn by Spanish people.

Originally rebozo was made solely with cotton, but over time silk and wool were introduced into the technique.