Dimension: Approx. 36cm without fringe.
Bringing back the doily, these pieces are handwoven to our specifications by an artisan collective and are individually made with flexible palm in a lovely sun design that is specific to this community. These delicate works can be placed under a vase of flowers, added to an altar, used as art or on a tabletop.
Every custom piece is woven in a cave, which the families have on their respective properties, to ensure that they maintain enough cool humidity to work on their weaving projects during any time of the day or year. Each piece is handmade by a small collective of artisans that grow and cultivate their own monocot plants – known as jipijapa palm, however these plants are not true palms. The plants were purchased through a government assistance program and belong to the group.
Jipijapa is a species that is similar to the toquilla palm that is used in Ecuador to create the famed panama hats. This soft, flexible and durable material makes for stunning works of art that are as long-lasting as they are beautiful.
The material is cultivated by hand, and the artisan can only use the youngest center section for making these pieces. The material is cut into strips by hand with a small pin, and then is dried in an enclosed room with sulphur. This bleaches the jipijapa, which turns from yellow to white, and is a necessary step before the weaving process.
These artisans are based in Southeastern Mexico and are indigenous Mayan. For all in this group, Spanish is their second language.
Every mat is one-of-a-kind, with no two exactly the same. As with all of our handmade pieces, size, shape, color and pattern vary.
To clean the jipijapa, wipe with a clean, dry cloth. Do not use harsh cleaners or bleach. Avoid getting this piece wet for risk of damaging the material. If this does occur, set the piece in a cool, dry locale and reshape if necessary prior to. This can easily be done with a spray mister and heavy books to flatten.
All orders placed after 2 PM PT will be processed on the next business day. Allow 2-7 business days for delivery for standard shipping. Expedited shipping options are available at checkout.