We've recently showcased techniques such as Shibori dyeing, but rolling down from the highlands of Guatemala and presented to us in the form of dreamy colourful patterns comes a unique and intricate style of weaving that should be your newest go-to design. It's known as the Falseria technique and we think it's a beauty.
This method of weaving is handcrafted by a group of marginalized women from Guatemala, who create tote bags and cases woven from naturally dyed threads. The Spaniards brought the loom to Guatemala during its colonization in 1524, where it was used to produce long yards of cloth for exporting.
Today, Falseria weaving is still practiced on a treadle loom, a wooden machine that uses a lever worked by the foot to produce a rotary motion. The repetition of this lever creates the replication of complex patterns on the fabric, producing the pretty little pattern. During this process, a combination of foot pedaling and weaving by hand creates the beautiful embroidered patterns found on products such as our Stripe and Falseria Cosmetic Case and Stripe and Falseria Tote Bag.