Mar 2, 2017 >> Frutas of the Loom [VIDEO]
We’re taking back the often neglected all-inclusive resort this G&F Travel Issue south of the border. We landed in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico at the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort where our relaxing getaway was woven in with Mayan and Mexican culture. This sustainably-driven resort promises to work alongside the Mayan community to celebrate traditions and support their towns. The resort grants space to Maya artists free of charge to sell their crafts to guests. Sandos Caracol is committed to this initiative which benefits the communities and promotes a direct relationship with the people and culture of this region of the world. And that’s how we found a Mexican staple and beloved souvenir. Augustin creates textiles using traditional looming techniques on site at Sandos Caracol. We got a behind the seams look into the heart and soul of the vibrant textiles of the region.
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“This is the region of Mexico that created the shawls known asrebozos, the best rebozos in the world,” explains loom shop manager Antonio Gomez. “They were striving for a way to make a wider fabric without needing any seams, to make products like blankets, tablecloths, and all those kinds of woven items.”
These looming techniques take a lifetime to perfect. It’s said that producing the first centimeters of a textile takes almost a month. And a weaver is constantly learning and perfecting a more efficient working rhythm of creating the rolls, changing the rolls, going over all the threads, weaving smoothly and tightening the fabric. This constant pursuit creates a unique identity for each piece, along with the color schemes.
From wood carving to embroidery, handmade crafts are beautiful tangibles that support and represent the history of Mexico. You won’t want to miss Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue, aka La Quinta, for three miles of shoppable goods and cultural treasures to find the perfect souvenir.
Want more? See our full feature on Sandos Caracol here.