Colored Woven Wool Tzotzil San Andres Larrainzar Bag

Colored Woven Wool Tzotzil San Andres Larrainzar Bag


The Tzotzil are a Chiapas Indian tribe who now live dispersed across Southern Mexico, every tribal pack is separated by dialectic differences in the language. During the Spanish conquest and dominion they forced the tribes to settle into communities and villages where their movements were restricted, forcing them away from how they had previously lived, dispersed across the mountains. As a result of these times the Tzotzil have taken up as permanent residents in the mountains of Southern Mexico where they live a quiet, private and self-sustained life outside the Mexican economy in a large number of separate tribal groups.  

The wool is treated in an ancient tradition called backstrap spun wool. The bag has a shaggy handspun feel but delicate and intricate embroidery that only comes from years of mastering an art. The Tzotzil treasure their history and culture, and retain a large portion of their original religious beliefs which are interrelated to their weaving. The Tzotzil look at weaving as a sacred art, since its secrets were passed down to their women from the Moon Goddess thousands of years ago. 'Tzotzil' means "the bat people" and originates from the worship of a bat statue their ancestors discovered.The Tzotzil welcome visitors but continue stay isolated from technology, the tribes don't allows photos taken in their villages. The materials they make are sold in markets at near-by towns that they walk to like San Cristobal de las Casas. I've travelled through Chiapas and I'm happy to see this tradition continuing on still decades after I first came across them.

The bag measures 12 inches in length and 12.5 inches in width, while the strap measures at 19 inches.

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