Taller Maya Brings Traditional Mexican Crafts to 21st Century Homes
“Tradition isn’t a dead, static concept. It’s moving and we want to move with it.”
Mexican non-profit Taller Maya’s mission comes through loud and clear in their innovative collections, which blend traditional materials and techniques from the ancient Mayan culture into modern home decor that will send any Millennial’s head spinning.
Since its inception in 2002, Taller Maya has been working with artisan collectives and family-run businesses around Yucatán and other Mexican states to develop sustainable work practices, while preserving their ancestral Mayan heritage.
“Because we’ve been working with most artisans for almost twenty years now, we know them very well, know their families, know what they like to do most and what craft or technique they excel at,” José, E-commerce & PR Manager, explains over a Zoom chat.
This is reflected in their intrinsically collaborative approach to design: every item is sketched and developed hand in hand with the artisans and embodies Taller Maya’s unique blend of millennial craftsmanship with modern design.
Join us in an exploration of their featured collections on The Nopo and don’t forget to pay a visit to their shop after!
As is common with the backstrap loom technique, all the workers are women, and a lot of them are actually Guatemalan refugees. As a matter of fact, backstrap loom weaving dates back to pre-hispanic times, when the Mayan Empire stretched for much of modern-day Mexico and Guatemala.
The technique is so-called because the loom, made of two perpendicular wooden sticks that hold the threads taught, is tied around a tree on one side, and around the back of the weaver on the other. Women spend hours every day passing a big wooden needle through the thousands of threads of finest Yucatán cotton needed to make a cushion cover or a table runner.
Taller Maya took this ancestral technique and stripped it to its bare minimum in this collection, favoring clean lines and a calming, subtle palette of whites, creams, and pastels with small color accents in the minimally designed decorations. This results in cushion covers that will fit any decor and be suitable for indoors and outdoors alike.
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