Ceñidor (man’s waist sash) - ROM2015_14431_26


Ceñidor (man’s waist sash)

Maker: Huichol culture
Medium:Wool double weave
Geography: State of Nayarit, Mexico
Date: 1959
Object number: 986.206.21
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of Mrs. A. Murray Vaughan from the Doris Heyden Collection
Not on view

The Huichol associate sashes with serpents, because of their long and winding shape. This one was double-woven on a backstrap loom.


Woven waist sashes have long been important in male and female dress. Today, however, many indigenous men prefer modern belts of leather or plastic. Despite this trend, the Huichol still make doublecloth sashes and shoulder-bags of wool and cotton on a backstrap loom.


For most types of clothing, backstrap weavers make panels of cloth with four selvages. When weaving sashes, however, makers usually wind the warp (vertical) threads directly around the end bars of the loom, later severing and knotting them to prevent unravelling and to create a decorative fringe.


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