HINA IS UNION
As we combine what the original communities in America can teach us together with what we can offer, we give birth together to a much powerful product.
Our textile project is based on two techniques:
- Waist loom
- and Pedal loom.
These techniques are taught in the family circle. The older generation passes the knowledge to the younger one.
The process of production is done with hands and feet
We do not use electricity, or petrol on machines, polyester on our fabrics, pesticides or chemical fertilizers on our raw materials, or artificial irrigation on our crops as we count on rainwater.
The process is sustainable and ecologic, & respects (since hundreds of years), the planet and its land.
In this work, we learn to respect the natural processes of things. We do not hurry in order to satisfy a hungry market. We work at the pace the land demands us to. And we discover that in this way we can develop the best quality both in product and craftsmanship work.
HINA aims at the origin of the product she offers.
As we keep our hard work and grow as a project, we get closer to understanding (1) the essence of the techniques we work with, (2) the handmade looms the women with whom we collaborate share with us, and (3) the cultural traditions that HINA supports as she grows day by day. We slowly get closer to the root of what a loom made by an original community actually means.
The women of the family are those who practice this pre-hispanic technique. It is a warp and weft fabric that consists of a belt she puts on her back at the height of her waist, which in turn has attached threads to its wooden structure. These threads are tied to a stick that in turn is attached to a trunk-like structure, stick or column in front of her, and using a variety of sanded sticks is how she weaves the loom (see photo).
Each woman weaves in her own personal way, in the same way each one of us have our own typing style. The way of weaving the loom is transmitted within the family circle. Once she is a mother, she teaches her daughters this tradition. Therefore, each woman has her unique way of creating a loom, as each family does, and in turn as each village does.
It is a technique that comes with the conquest of the Spanish on indigenous land. The pedal loom is one way to industrialize the original waist loom technique. Men are those who practice it, as more strength is needed to handle this work. It is the same process that we see in the waist loom, weft fabric & warp, but (1) made by men & (2) using hands and feet on a wooden “machine”. With the feet, pedals are crushed, levers are handled with the hands and the fabric is pressed (see photo).