Piece of the Week - The Pantelho Blouse
Wear a design that tells a story. A piece that is made with tradition, creativity and integrity.
This week’s feature piece is a timeless blouse that combines contrasting colours with unique embroidery. The Pantelho Blouse was handwoven traditionally on a backstrap loom by extremely talented women from the Jolom Mayaetik Weaving Co-operative, located in the Chiapas Highlands, Mexico. The blouse is named after the town in which this particular design originates. During our time in San Cristobal de las Casas last year, we were lucky enough to travel 3 hours to Yochib to visit members of the cooperative and learn more about the art of the backstrap loom.
The vertical stripes and vibrant colours of the Pantelho Blouse are a perfect combination! After the front and back of the blouse is woven, the two panels are stitched together. An intriguing design is then hand embroidered onto the sleeves and neckline, making each blouse one of a kind. The difficulty involved in the handmade process means that this blouse takes 1 week to create.
The blouse also holds sacred Maya representations. The symbol of the sacred toad has been hand embroidered inside the stripes. Women from the cooperative explained that in Maya belief, the toad signifies a fertile earth and Maya elders say that when toads sing, the saints are happy and they send rain to earth. You can find out the name of the woman who made each Pantelho Blouse, by heading to the details section underneath each blouse.
The boxy shape of the Pantelho Blouse pairs perfectly with jeans, denim shorts and skirts so you can wear this beauty all year round! The blouses are a stand out design and are made to be treasured for years and years.
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Also in Our Journal
Today is International Women's Day. At Cielo, we partner with women’s weaving and embroidery cooperatives throughout Mexico and Guatemala. Groups that were formed by women for women, so that they can have the same economic opportunities as their fathers, brothers, husbands and men in their communities. In places where women were not encouraged to receive an education these women are creating work for themselves, receiving a wage through years of learned artisan techniques, preserving their culture and now contributing to their families financial future.